Facebook restricts “We Are Americans” music video in honor of July 4th
The UK Guardian declared prolific writer, singer and songwriter Lloyd Marcus the Tea Party Movement’s most prominent “African-American.” Lloyd rejects hyphenating and is renowned for proclaiming “I am NOT African-American! I am Lloyd Marcus AMERICAN!!”
Lloyd’s love of America, that “unique experiment … blessed by God” is expressed with deep compassion and stirring emotion in the music and verse to his song, “We Are Americans.”
I was indeed honored when Lloyd asked that I produce a music video to accompany his heartfelt and patriotic song. Given the emotional force of the words and the music, the work of melding visual images in support of his most excellent and wonderful composition was not a chore but rather an extreme joy and a pleasure!
Coming out of that pleasurable experience I was shocked and saddened when, on July 3rd, Lloyd emailed me in part as follows:
“… Robert, Mary tried to purchase a boost ad on Facebook to promote the July 4th release of the video. Facebook rejected the video for ‘political content’ …”
Banning boost advertising for Lloyd Marcus’ patriotic song, “We Are Americans” is of a league with Facebook’s prior ban of Diamond & Silk because the commissars at Facebook deemed the Conservative, Trump Supporting Black duo “Unsafe for the Community.”
Based on what I know about prior Facebook bans of conservative voices, likely there are three primary issues Facebook found objectionable about Lloyd’s music video.
First, Lloyd’s video features a photograph of Donald J Trump, the current President of the United States, along with other great Americans. As we know, sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome (i.e., those in charge at Facebook) can’t have that. See Exhibit 1 below – a screen shot from the video which features portraits of a number of Americans, including a shot of you know who.
Exhibit 1: Screen Shot from Lloyd Marcus music video – “We Are Americans”
Second, and just as awful from a leftist perspective, the author of the song, “We Are Americans”, Lloyd Marcus, is not only a proud patriotic American, but, how ghastly, just like Diamond & Silk, he’s a Black Conservative. If fact, to make matters worse from the left’s point of view, Lloyd was one of the first Black members of the Tea Party movement. We can’t have our fellow Americans subjected to that kind of hate speech and mental abuse on the Fourth of July can we?
Exhibit 2: Screen Shot of the “Unhyphenated” Lloyd Marcus from the music video – “We Are Americans”
Another factor which I am sure was not well received by the thought police at Facebook is the fact that Lloyd’s music video has imagery which promotes racial harmony presenting a narrative, opposite to leftist propaganda and identity politics, that, far from being a racist Nation, American is a land of freedom and opportunity. See Exhibit 3, below.
Exhibit 3: Screen Shot from the Lloyd Marcus music video – “We Are Americans.” That kind of imagery will never do. The White police officer in Lloyd’s video is loving (not beating or killing) the Black kid.
What our founding fathers intended, regarding freedom of speech, is something apparently lost on the leftist totalitarian fools who pad the halls in their pajama slippers in the Facebook mega data center and political correctness review complex. Precisely what our Founders (yes, those white racist slave owners like Washington & Jefferson featured in the beginning of Lloyds’ video) intended for the First Amendment was freedom of political speech. They sought a society free of the jackboot of monarchy that quelled and suppressed contrary political views. Yes, we need to continue the serious discussion regarding the abrogation of freedom of speech by an entity, though not formally an arm of government, has the resources, the power and the character of oppressive government.
I invite you to view the four minute music video of “We Are Americans” and reflect on the one Country that has been a Blessing, not only to our people, but to people everywhere. May we indeed “repent”, turn back to God and “heal our land” so that this “unique experiment” known as American will continue to prosper and shed light and liberty and freedom throughout the Earth now and in the future.
And may we all have the courage to use common sense and justice in permitting the free and open dialogue of ideas in our Country. We must not allow such freedoms that are the bedrock of our Constitutional Republic, to be abrogated or abandoned by a powerful few, whether they reside in government or in the slippered halls of a private and all powerful monopoly.