Funny. Google AdSense thinks anti-racism writing is in ‘violation’ of their discrimination rules

Google AdSense thinks anti-racism writing is in ‘violation’ of their rules. It’s amazing how I have never been able to fully access the potential to earn money through using Google AdSense since last year when I signed up. They keep on telling me that what I post violates their rules. Seems like whenever I post about white supremacy, racism, experiences with being called ‘nigger’, etc they mark my page as in violation because they think that I am engaging in racist activity. Until I remove the content that is in ‘violation’, I can’t get full access to what I earned. But, that means I would need to remove a lot of what I have written which doesn’t make any sense.
As someone who doesn’t understand the computer language/logic/algorithms that determine what is in violation, can someone explain how Google AdSense finds anti-racism writing a ‘violation’ and the SAME as a blog post by actual white supremacist Nazis?
I get these messages from Google AdSense all the time. After writing my post about Culturally Competent Racists, I was sent the message below.
It’s funny. I am written by real people (not machines) all the time that when I engage in anti-racism work I am racist for bringing the subject of race up.
When I blogged about attending a Buddhist retreat for women of the African Diaspora to embark on healing from living in a racist society/anti-Black society I was told that my participation in it was racist since it was exclusive.
It’s 2017. Google, it’s actually quite shocking that the program that determines what is in violation– in terms of  hatred and anti-discriminatory policies– doesn’t function properly. My mind fantasizes about what computer programming would look like if it came out of those also highly literate in social and restorative justice, intersectionality, Black Marxism, critical race feminism, etc. You know, that whole horrible SJW gamut (LOL)?
There is so much emphasis on the ‘gender gap’ in hiring in Silicon Valley. It’s as if the problem of diversity, inclusivity, and equity will be magically solved if more skilled women are hired into non-traditional/leadership roles– and let’s face it, they’re talking about recruiting white cisgender women who are assumed to want the same advantages as mostly white men in SV who aren’t necessarily focused on dismantling a white supremacist racial and capitalist caste system.
Most troubling to me is that I received the message on August 29 2017— several weeks after the Charlottesville tragedy. I thought maybe they’d tried to hone in on making sure they can detect actual white supremacist racists who are espousing violence and hate towards anyone who isn’t them while making sure their programming logic supports anti-racism/anti white-supremacy
(No, don’t tell me that this isn’t their responsibility. If it’s not their’s , then who should be responsible?). But hey, I guess they are kind of behind on this (sigh).
And no, I’m not looking too deeply into this.
When I commute from Berkeley to SFO Airport many times a year to travel to give talks about anti-racism, I am bombarded with never-ending ads on how machine learning, data science, app engineers are needed to create a better future for technology which will then supposedly create a better society for all. 
And on August 29 2017 I receive yet another message that the social justice/anti-racism work I’m doing to create a more just society is in violation of Google’s policies because it appears to their machines that I’m espousing hatred, bigotry, etc.
[Metallic robot voice]
“Does not compute”
…”Does not compute”
…. “Talking about race is racist….You are in violation of not upholding neoliberal whiteness that Silicon Valley relies on…”
Anyway, back to trying to resolve this (sigh)….

Below is my upcoming event and information about my latest book project which, for the first time in my life, incorporates humor into the serious topics of Black feminism, veganism, food ethics, and Black motherhood.

Despite having brown skin and being a “melanated peoples”, I burn in the sun in approximately 5 minutes. It can be as ‘cool’ as 69 degrees Fahrenheit and I will burn…My mother used to always joke, “You would have made a horrible field slave”, which kind of makes perfect sense. She has always enjoyed calling me an Oreo since I was a tween. Oreo was then promoted to the affectionate label of Oreo Double Stuff by the time I had graduated from high school in 1994 and I had been accepted into a gazillion PWIs like Smith College, Tufts University, Bryn Mawr, and Dartmouth College.  I vividly remember when I first discovered the Four Seasons when I was 14 years old. I asked my mother if she could buy it for me on CD. Boy was she elated that I was inquiring about the Four Seasons…. Except she thought that I misspoke and that I must have meant the Black Motown group The Four Tops (Yes, I meant some music composed by a dead white Italian man). #blackcardrejected #notauthenticallyblack

How did I get from being a white cream filled dark sandwich cookie with two left feet and an unhealthy obsession with Anton Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to being told I’m uber ‘articulate’ and ‘non-threatening’ in post-racial vegan venues? I could tell this story from so many vantage points. I thought long and hard about it, writing draft after draft, dropping some heavy critical theory sh$t from Angela Davis, to Frantz Fanon, to Charles Mills. But every time I tried to do this, it just wouldn’t work out. Critical theory takes deep concentration, plenty of sleep, and mental acuity….

…which is hella blown out of the water when you’ve got 4 damn kids– a 6 month old, a 3 year old, a 5 year old (the middle one with a damn freaking attitude and a propensity for sticking her hand in the monkey jar) and an 8 year old who continuously interrupt your prophetic destiny to be a  scholar with such greatness and [can’t think of an intelligent word because my 5 year old just came outside screaming and running towards me, naked, holding a bowl of Cheerios] that would make Sara Ahmed’s rumination on phenomenology and post-colonialism look like simple nursery school rhymes. #badphenomenologyjokes

-Dr. A. Breeze Harper. Draft from her upcoming book Black. Mama. Scholar: On Black Feminism, Food Ethics, and Toddler Tantrums in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era (2018).

In a delightful and humorous, yet deeply critical talk, Dr. A. Breeze Harper will ruminate on the past 12 years of her activism and scholarship as well as read excerpts from her upcoming book Black. Mama. Scholar: On Black Feminism, Food Ethics, and Toddler Tantrums in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era (formerly titled Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches). Get ready for a different side of A. Breeze Harper, PhD, as she uses a fusion of satire and critical race feminism to explore just how “post-racial” we are– in veganism and beyond.

This is a fundraising event for the Sistah Vegan Project. Register for the Live Lecture with Q&A below.

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If you can’t make her live webcast but are interested in inviting her to give a talk and/or workshop at your organization or university, contact her at .

Dr. A.Breeze Harper (Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

Dr. Harper is the creator and editor of the first of its kind book about veganism and race: Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society(Lantern Books 2010).

Dr. Harper holds a PhD in social science from University of California Davis (with an emphasis in Black Feminisms, Critical Theories of Race, and Ethical Consumption). She has a Masters degree in Educational Technologies from Harvard University, with emphasis on Black Feminisms. Her thesis earned her the prestigious Dean’s award.

Dr. Harper’s most recently published book, A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014) interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact being a Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town. She has taught university staff and students how to use the book as a tool to develop literacy around unconscious bias and understand how deeply impactful systemic racial and socio-economic inequities are.

After observing numerous white vegans making the claim that race doesn’t matter (i.e. the passive-aggressive responses to Black Lives Matter with “All Lives Matter”) , Dr. Harper organized the highly successful professional conference The Praxis of Black Lives Matter. The conference taught participants how to operationalize racial equity during an era of Black Lives Matter with a focus on plant-based foodie culture like veganism and raw foodism. 

In 2016, Dr. Harper collaborated with Oakland’s FoodFirst’s Executive Director Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez to write the report Dismantling Racism in the Food System, which kicked off FoodFirst’s series on systemic racism within the food system. Dr. Harper is well-known for her talks and workshops  about “Operationalizing Racial Equity” and  “Intersectional Anti-Racism” in ethical consumption, which were given at top universities this past year (University of Chicago, Stanford University, and Penn State to name a few). 

You can check out Dr. Harper’s 2016 talk at Whidbey Institute below about Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape as well as the University of Oregon-Eugene talk Reading Food Objects: A Black Feminist Materialist Reading of Scars in Oregon.



One thought on “Funny. Google AdSense thinks anti-racism writing is in ‘violation’ of their discrimination rules

  1. Google has been reported several times to fund Islamic terrorism, their Adsense is in fact a front for Islamic terrorists.

    Adsense platform itself a boat load of racist policies. The only language Adsense supports in India is the Islamic origin language Hindi. Websites written in pure Indian languages eg. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya etc are SIMPLY REJECTED.

    What do you call the deal of accepting websites in a country of a billion people in just one language nativised by 30% of that population, even most of them are illiterates in the Hindi language.

    Users in India get insulted with barriage of Banners ads, YouTube ads in ONE SINGLE LANGUAGE, that is HINDI.

    Google does not practice what it preaches, in the company is built on racism and funding terror.

    Its not your fault to be banned by the terror funder, Google, you might need to look at other alternative, or probably have link for user donations, which might be more effective as there is no racist middle-men like Google or hidden terror fronts.

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