I became a member here under the assumption that there was freedom of speech here, which to me means the freedom for ALL of us to express our ideas, opinions, experiences, beliefs, etc. in a reasonable manner. I was eager to hear diverse opinions, experiences, and beliefs of other Black people. I love meeting people from different backgrounds and I said “Wow, this place is ripe for me to interact and network with Black people from different places—physically, emotionally, and intellectually.” Among the many of you who I enjoy interacting with and learning from, I have found, however, a tiny group of people here of one mindset who are INTOLERANT of Black people who don’t share their single mindset and the lifestyle they approve. They remind me of the dictators in Africa and other repressive places, who try to abuse or kill anyone who refuses to be a puppet. This is the reason why there’s a brain drain in Africa today. I can never be anyone’s puppet here. I will ALWAYS express my own opinions and beliefs, but I’d like to know if there is support for freedom of speech here. Do others here believe freedom of speech is important here?