Immediately remove the racist page called "Aboriginal Memes"
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Immediately remove the racist page called "Aboriginal Memes"

    1. Jacinta O'Keefe
    2. Petition by

      Jacinta O'Keefe

      Camp Hill, Australia

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August 2012

Victory

We won! On Thursday I woke up to find that the "Aboriginal Memes" page had been removed -- and this morning the copy-cat page had also been taken down. An amazing 20,000 of you signed my petition. I'm so proud to have taken a stand with you. Over the past few days the campaign has been covered across the globe. It made headlines in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, SBS News, ABC Radio, The Huffington Post, BBC, Yahoo!, MSN, Bangkok Post, France 24 -- and many many others. The issue even got backing from the Communications Minister, and the Race Discrimination Commissioner. The Herald Sun has even said this about the campaign: "In a major win for people power, Facebook has taken down a page mocking Aborigines after it sparked widespread outrage and campaigns for its removal."

"How do you kill 1000 flies at once? Slap me in the face,"  is just one of many examples of the racist pictures posted of Aboriginal people.

Facebook last night refused to remove a page called "Aboriginal Memes" that is dedicated to stereotyping Aboriginal people as drunks, addicts and welfare abusers.

In the face of building criticism, one commenter defended the page saying "These c--ts live off the tax decent white Australians pay every week, I think we have every right to make fun, actually,"

But Facebook have so far refused to remove the page even after myself and many of my friends reported it. Facebook are saying it doesn't breach their "statement of Rights and Responsibilities" -- instead labelling it "controversial humour".

Yet the page is clearly in breach of Facebook's own community standards regarding hate speech and the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities:

"Facebook does not permit hate speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, it is a serious violation to attack a person based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition."

The page "Controversial Humor Aboriginal Memes" is an attack on the Aboriginal people of Australia and violates this term. Racist terms such as "coon" are used in photos and there are many memes that completely belittle the rich heritage of the Aboriginal people. 

It is an openly racist page that is encouraging hate towards Aboriginal people.

I find it sickening that Facebook would refuse to remove this page. Please sign my petition now to tell Facebook to immediately remove this hate speech from their site.

You can find the page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Controversial-Humor-Aboriginal-memes/228939573876474 --- and keep reporting it to Facebook please. 

You can post directly to Facebook Australia on this link to: https://www.facebook.com/FacebookAU

You can also tweet at the Australian Comms Manager of Facebook here: https://twitter.com/miakgarlick

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    • Amanda Swan ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Human rights & dignity

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    • Sarah Waddell GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      My partner is Koori so this offends me alot

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    • Kiera Dean BROOME, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am of aboriginal descent and I find this page very discriminant against my people.

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    • romayne hapimana LISMORE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because this is DISGUSTING and soo old....have a little respect.

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    • Marianne Galluzzo TWEED HEADS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      That is the most disgiusting and offensive site that I have seen.. Get rid of it u racist people. We live as one.. Unite don't fight

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