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Snapshot Update: Wiley vs. Katie Hopkins… Double standards?

Last month, UK rapper Wiley’s stream of anti-Semitic posts on social media resulted in a permanent ban from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as well as a police investigation. Rightfully so.

However, the likes of Katie Hopkins — a white British commentator whose entire career is built on rampant Islamophobia, anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism — continue to be offered a platform. This is when we need to start asking questions. 

Hate speech must always be condemned. Yet, selective outrage seems to hold Black people to a different standard than their white counterparts. White people have the privilege to build careers off of racism. We must look no further than our Prime Minister. Can we truly claim to be fighting against hate speech if we pick and choose who to condemn? What’s the difference between Wiley and Katie Hopkins? Oh, right. Let’s start there.

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