26 9 / 2014
25 9 / 2014
erithos said: I agree that something needs to be done, but you kind of worded it like John and Hank Green not getting a chance to get back to you is proof that they don't intend to do anything... I'm not trying to undermine your point, just sounded a bit like "My unanswered email means that they couldn't come up with a defense for it, and aren't going to do anything about it." Sorry if I'm coming off as aggressive, that isn't my intent.
That’s fair. I can see how it might appear that way. And I’ll be the first to admit, I was heated when I wrote that response. In light of John Crawford, Mike Brown and countless others, I’m really sick of begging people to respect my humanity. It’s exhausting.
So lemme clarify, I’m ok with my email not being returned. I’m not always the best when it comes to email and I know that they’re busy. Life happens. But I think the point is that I’m not the first person to start this conversation and yet nothing has been done. In 2012 Shane performed at Vidcon and did an extremely offensive and racist skit and there were no consequences. My issue is that I don’t think anyone should be congratulating themselves for being better than the Grammys when Shane literally got on stage and made jokes about “ghetto girls” and “fried chicken” and no one said or did anything about it. And that was YEARS before I emailed John.
When the vlogbrothers did a video on the prison industrial complex and left race out of the video, plenty of people, myself included chimed in that it was a HUGE oversight and important to talk about how racism has played a part in our justice system. I got a nice message from Hank agreeing that it was an oversight and that he would make an effort to speak on these issues when he could. Not long ago someone sent Hank a Tumblr ask to see if they intended on making a video about Ferguson. Hank responded along the lines of “it’s too late at this point, not sure if it’ll be relevant next week”. (I tried finding a link to the ask but failed. Please note I’m paraphrasing)
I mentioned my email not to suggest that this means they aren’t taking action but to say that I’m not just sitting on Tumblr talking out of my ass and asking for the YouTube community to say or do something. I originally reached out because my friend hosted one of their shows and the comments were filled with racist vitriol FROM THEIR FANS and felt they should educate their audience and say something in my friend’s defense. Again, I’m not a big time YouTuber, I don’t expect my emails to answered immediately, and my initial message to John said I didn’t need a response.
The point is, this is a continuing issue that the vlogbrothers and plenty of other YouTubers continue to be silent on. I realize they can’t speak to every issue and I don’t expect them to. But as a black woman on YouTube who is SICK of dealing with racism and is literally TERRIFIED to step outside because of the rampant racism and anti-blackness that’s being displayed by police officers and our justice system, I would love it if a high profile YouTuber would show us some support and educate these children who so desperately need educating. I genuinely don’t care about subscribers or YouTube fame, I’m begging the community to speak up because normalizing anti-blackness is putting our lives at stake. Hope that clears things up.
25 9 / 2014
as-howarth said: Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?
I guess I am both happy and sad.
I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.
But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.