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April 13, 2023

The Conversation

Africa Brooke

What do you consider to be the difference between self-censorship and having a social filter? Host Amanda de Cadenet examines that question with consultant, mentor, writer and Queen of all things cancel culture; Africa Brooke. Diversity of thought should not produce public shaming; however it often results in just that. Withholding one’s beliefs out of fear is not only self-censorship; it can be self-sabotage. Join Amanda and Africa as they discuss these topics in a way that will enlighten the listener and, hopefully,  not invoke the “Cult of Wokeness”. Don’t miss this episode of The Conversation. 


  • [03:23] Africa Brooke defines the difference between a social filter and self-censorship and what part fear plays 
  • [05:16] What are my intentions for what I say? Anti-social behavior is evident in cancel culture and bullying, and they are only achieved by a group effort
  • [09:18] Africa speaks about being a black woman and how skin color has enabled people to overlook the content of what is said because of the focus on identity. Public shaming is not the correct tool for change
  • [12:44] Africa sites the George Floyd incident as the pivotal point when the conversation of race and racism came to the forefront
  • [14:54] Amanda reflects on establishments that want to talk the talk and not walk the walk
  • [16:06] Africa states the importance of speaking in specific terms because not doing so may fuel the very fire you are trying to avoid
  • [24:30] The importance of giving yourself and others grace. Africa believes it will take time to heal division and polarization. Diversity of thought, when accepted, can bring races together
  • [31:44] Africa speaks of compassion for those changing their ways of thinking. What should redemption look like
  • [34:42] The benefits of waiting to put out a public apology, being true to yourself, and recognizing your “truth” can be shared or not; it’s up to you


  • Terms like social filter, self-censorship, intention, doxing, and cancel culture are all terms one should explore, define and not exploit when expressing oneself on social media.
  • Division and polarization have been with us since the beginning of time. We just call it a different thing, magnified because of social media.
  • Be sure when it comes to expressing your thoughts that you have the proper intention and are in a good place mentally, emotionally, etc.; if you aren’t, wait.  It may not be the time for that conversation.  


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“Self-censorship is driven by fear. Having a social filter is a good thing because you’re not supposed to say every single thing that comes into your head , it’s not always useful or appropriate.”  - Africa Brooke

“Whenever you say words like counterculture or wokeness, what I’ve realized is that it actually fuels the divide, which is why I intentionally like to stay away from those terms.” - Africa Brooke


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