Protesters are filling the streets to combat racism and police violence. But fights about racism are happening elsewhere too. Moms groups on Facebook have been roiled by allegations that some posts are racist, or that administrators are not listening to the voices of Black people.
The latest incident occurred at an Upper East Side moms group where the administrator at first resisted adding a black administrator after she was asked, the Post reported.
The UES Mommas, a group of nearly 40,000 women who usually trade tips on nursery schools and strollers, roiled for days over racial issues, including whether to add a black moderator or even if conversation about the protests over the killing of George Floyd was even allowed.
“You can’t decide that you’ve got a mom’s group and that the topic of race and protests is off limits. It’s all interwoven with parenting. It’s kind of an unrealistic position to have right now,” said Adia Tucker, 40, who is black and lives in Queens.
Tucker was even more surprised that the white moderator refused to budge when members called for the addition of a black mom to help oversee the private group.
Administrator Lindsey Plotnick Berger wrote that the leadership “is what it is” and those who don’t like it could leave the group, the Post reported. And women who had raised concersn were booted out of the group, according to the Post. Berger eventually relented and apologized, first closing the group and then reopening it with a Black and Asian moderator added.
Similar tension has occurred at UWS Mommas, according to the website Insider.
Prior to the controversy at UES Mommas, a user posted an anonymous response to the Amy Cooper incident in “UWS Mommas,” a Facebook group for parents living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side of Manhattan, which a number of members said they felt was rife with racist language. One of the white administrators stepped down at that point, and members asked for a black moderator to be hired, another white administrator told Insider.
A white administrator for that group told Insider that the group is working on hiring a black moderator, but hasn’t found the right person for the job yet.
One recent post on the UWS Mommas site discussed this issue:
At UWS Mommas we are still navigating what it means to be inclusive but we felt it was important to lift voices and support Black Lives Matter today as there is a call to action across Social Media. We stand with you and lift your voice.
As other groups are archiving, we would like to remain a forum for civil discussion.
This is a group of support.
This is a group that is anti-racism and discrimination against those who have been oppressed.
If you break the group rules and attack others you will be removed.
And following stories about Amy Cooper, the woman who called police on a Black birdwatcher in Central Park, another story about a woman calling police on a black person surfaced. This incident occurred in Waterline Square, a new park created along with a luxury development between 59th and 61st Street along the Hudson River, according to the Daily News.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Jana’e Brown said she was tired from her long hours working at a local hospital and had walked outside to bask in the nightly applause for personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic when the ugly encounter unfolded.
That’s when 34-year-old socialite Svitlana Flom, a style blogger and Hamptons restaurant owner, accused her of smoking pot, refused to drop the matter and called police multiple times, according to Brown.
“I didn’t know who she was,” Brown, 30, said. “She’s just a random person, telling me I can’t sit here, telling me I can’t be here.”
Brown videotaped Flom — who told police Brown was “playing the black card” among other things — and posted it on Instagram.
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From 6:15pm – 7:31pm this woman, Svitlana Flom, artdefete felt the need to not only approach me but call the cops MULTIPLE TIMES ON ME!! She was too “Alarmed” that I was sitting “comfortably” in “her neighborhood!” The first call was because she THOUGHT I was smoking in public.. but by the 3rd call, it was bcuz I was “threatening her & her children !!” While giving my description, she exaggerated her story & made it seem like I was the aggressor. “THIS AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IS ATTACKING ME AND MY CHILDREN!” She had tears that were off & on & she stated things like “She’s pulling the black card!” Then wanted me to walk to the boys w/ her 🤦🏾♀️🤡 I probably could have just walked away!! I probably should have kept my mouth shut right ?! NAHHH!! I couldn’t understand why she was so mad ! Like ummmm first of alllll I pay alllll mine over here Miss Lady !! 🙄 How you come over here just feeling sooooo privileged & soooo comfortable enough to tell me I should leave ?! You’re buggin !! NOT THIS ONE!! She wanted to be a victim soooo bad!! NOT ONE PERSON CAME TO HER AID!! MULTIPLE PPL witnessed the ordeal & just wanted to make sure I was ok! SHARE THESE VIDEOS AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE !! #SvitlanaFlom @maisonvivinyc @huffpost @ariannahuff
Brown says Flom exaggerated the situation, and made alarming claims — similar to the Amy Cooper incident. Flom told the News that Brown was “harassing me, calling me all kinds of names and profiling me.”
Police arrived and took no action.