Why did I really build this website?
I had a personal website before, which I let go by the wayside, and had always wanted to resurrect it. After dragging my feet for months, the following experience on Facebook finally broke the camel’s back and forced me to take action.
I remember being temporarily banned from Facebook after responding to a post I found ludicrous. I had stumbled upon a post praising 45 for “keeping it real”, and taking a strong stance against the athletes and their supporters who decided to kneel during the National Anthem at major league football games in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. People were pounding away at the fact that those who were protesting had no right to feel the way they did. The discussion went on and on with the same sentiments being expressed, and I couldn’t resist the urge to chime in. The discussion became very petty, and every time I defended myself, people would gang up on me. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.
They were vehement in their retorts and attacked me relentlessly. It was plain old weird and no one seemed to share my point of view. I finally got sick of it, wanted to give them a piece of their own medicine, and decided to let them know what I really thought they were trying to say. Once I posted, they attacked me like a pack of wolves that found some lone prey! I counted no less than 30 or so angry responses after about a minute. It quickly grew to several hundred. I couldn’t even keep up. I then realized that all of a sudden I could not log onto Facebook. I was locked out. I thought I had been hacked by one of the people in the discussion group, but upon using my username and password to log in, was greeted by the following Facebooking message which included my post:
I realized that the people in the group had most likely reported my post, and I promptly ended up in Facebook detention. It was only after all of this that I realized I was in an ultra-conservative Fox News Facebook group, trying to convey my thoughts to a large group of people who would never in a million years see anything from my point of view.
That incident alone made me realize that I needed a place of my own where I could post what I wanted without the fear of being censored. Hence, I resurrected PascalAntoine.com.
Now you know the real deal! Thanks, Mark!