Twitter reportedly locked a black sports journalist out of his account after he criticized a Black Lives Matter co-founder for buying a ritzy home in a mostly white neighborhood.
Jason Whitlock says Twitter blocked him over a tweet pointing out the demographics of Topanga Canyon, the Los Angeles enclave where Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors recently snapped up a $1.4 million home, according to reports.
Whitlock showed fellow journalist Ryan Glasspiegel the Friday email he received from Twitter about the offending post, which said Topanga Canyon “has a black population of 1.4%.”
“She’s with her people!” Whitlock wrote of Cullors, adding a link to a story about her real estate purchase on the celebrity blog Dirt.com.
Twitter appears to have removed the tweet and replaced it with a message saying the post “violated the Twitter Rules.”
“BLM is one of Big Tech’s sacred cows,” Whitlock, a former ESPN columnist and Fox Sports commentator, told the Daily Mail. “I think Twitter has been looking for an excuse to de-platform me.”
Whitlock told the outlet that he lost his tweeting privileges “because I revealed personal information about someone” by sharing the Dirt.com link.
That’s despite the fact that the article did not include the address of Cullors’ Topanga mansion and that The Post and other outlets have reported on her expensive purchase.
A Twitter spokesperson told The Post that Whitlock’s tweet “violated the Twitter Rules on private information, and the account owner was required to delete the violative Tweet.”
In a YouTube interview released Monday, Whitlock said he decided not to heed Twitter’s demand.
“I’m going to play Nelson Mandela in Twitter jail,” he said.
“There’s so much hypocrisy here,” Whitlock said of Cullors, a self-described Marxist. “They want the state to own all the property, but she’s out buying property all across the country. She’s acting like a capitalist.”
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