In case you kids needed a reminder that racism is still VERY MUCH alive…
A Facebook page that appears to be run by the Martin Luther King Center has been vandalized by individuals or a group of people who are determined to populate the page with disturbing racial imagery. Images using the N-word are displayed all over the page, along with other hurtful pictures, including a black man having sex with a bucket of chicken.
It is not clear who is responsible for maintaining the page or moderating the images, but the KingCenter.org website is listed as the group that owns the page. While it is difficult to make any broad assumptions about American society as a result of the images that have been posted by a few dedicated racists, it does remind us that our nation has a long way to go when it comes to race. It also says that if this is indeed the King Center’s Facebook page, they should ensure that the images are monitored carefully. As of my last view of the page, new images are being added with high frequency (I am going to reach out to them tomorrow to ensure that they know what’s going on).
The page also has over 825,000 “likes,” meaning that it has a strong following. Greater security of the page is certainly warranted, and the images are incredibly hurtful. The pictures on the page are sobering reminders that we do not live in a post-racial America.
We’re at a loss for words. Let’s hope the good folks at the King Center get this sh*t shut down soon!