NDP Leadership candidate Niki Ashton removed a meme from her social media accounts which included the lyrics “to the left” from the Beyonce song 'Irreplaceable'.
After posting the meme on Twitter, a Black Lives Matter Vancouver account confronted the NDP leadership hopeful. “Appropriating Black culture is not intersectional feminism. Please delete your "to the left" FB post & address the issue,” the account tweeted.
Ashton then removed the meme and responded by THANKING the radical BLM account. “We removed it.Not our intention to appropriate. We're committed to a platform of racial justice+would appreciate ur feedback,” she replied.
She then followed it up with a couple of other tweets. “As noted I appreciate the msg from @BLM_Van. Showing respect is what building a movement is all about” and “I will not tolerate racism or hate speech directed at #BLM or any community.”
As iPolitics points out, there was an immediate backlash to Ashton removing the tweet with some calling her to 'have a backbone'.
SOUND OFF: should she have deleted the tweet?