Twitter censors #WhichHillary in advance of key primaries

Twitter has suspended the account of @GuerillaDems and removed the hashtag #WhichHillary from its trends field a day after it started trending and garnered 450, 000 tweets.

The trend emerged on Thursday after Black Lives Matter protester Ashley Williams called Hillary Clinton out at closed-door fundraiser Wednesday night.

Williams demanded that since Clinton is now claiming to be such a close friend of the Black Community, that she repudiate her 1996 comments referring to young criminals as “super-predators”.

“They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” Clinton said in 1996. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

Williams objects to Clinton’s characterization of youth criminals in that speech because she claims it dehumanizes young Black Americans who take part in crime.

Furthermore, Williams also wanted Clinton to apologize for the 1994 Crime Bill her husband pushed for that increased the number of Americans in prison and Black Americans were disproportionately represented in that increase.

The #WhichHillary hashtag emerged to highlight the difference between Hillary Clinton’s stance on crime in 1994 and her stance now that she is running for president and trying to garner support in the Black Community.

“There is something wrong when a third of all black men face the prospect of prison during their lifetimes, said Clinton in a speech in May 2015. “And an estimated 1.5 million black men are “missing” from their families and communities because of incarceration and premature death.”

Twitter Executive Omid Kordestani has been accused of personally ordering the blackout of the #WhichHillary hashtag. Hillary Clinton was supposed to have a fundraiser with the Twitter Exec. on Sunday.

In response the hashtag #WhichHillaryCensored has emerged to bring attention to this political favor and suppression of free speech.

Here are a few examples of tweets that some users have sent out in regards to the hashtag:

 

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