First they banned websites and YouTube videos espousing Islamic Jihad. Since I certainly wasn’t a Jihadist, I didn’t mind.
Then they banned Internet media espousing Nazi beliefs. Since of course I wasn’t a Nazi, I didn’t care.
Then they de-platformed “conspiracy theory” sites on “faked” moon landings, “flat earth,” 9-11 and other “false flag” events, and anti-vaccination, calling them “fake news.” Since these fringe theories were not mainstream, I didn’t care.
When they censored sites and videos that were critical of the state of Israel, calling them anti-Semitic, I thought that was OK because racism is not OK.
When they shut down sites that were critical of LGBTQ-IA2S+ lifestyles, I just shrugged, because even though I’m not gay, I think people have the right to be who they think they are without harassment.
Then they censored Christian websites that preached against feminism, abortion, homosexuals and transgenders; and for home schooling, “family values,” and the belief that we were created by God. But these conservative opinions went against my notion of social progress, so I didn’t mind.
Then they banned websites that constantly harped on “constitutional rights.” These people seemed pretty fanatic, gun-loving types from fly-over states, so I let it slide, although I know the Constitution is important. Not just the way these people were interpreting it.
They never did ban websites that were critical of “whites.” Though I myself am a European-American, after the first female lesbian of color was elected president in 2028, who could not agree that social progress had finally been achieved?
And I’ve always thought it curious why they have yet to ban pornography websites; or even some of the mainstream media itself, which keeps lying us into wars, especially since 2001.
What finally broke me — last year — was when they declared that no one could have their own “opinion” website anymore (unless it met some pretty strict criteria). They even took my site down! I was shocked! All I did was mention the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights. But that’s not allowed anymore. So now the Internet, which is our only way of communicating with each other, will not allow us to discuss … anything. We are now unamplified — voiceless — and surveilled. All we hear now, in 2029, is about national security, trust in our leaders, “unity” and the need to work for the Homeland.
That’s my story. I hope this letter reaches you in time.
The author lives in northern California.