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Published: 1 year ago
Race is uncomfortable for me to talk about, and I often have the impulse to, like, stay in my lane, to just amplify voices that are more credible than mine as a white man who knows nothing about racism except for the times when I discover my own bias.

But I have been encouraged by Black friends and Black Nerdfighters to talk more about this stuff because, like, I'm an American too. Watching the situation in Charlottesville unfold was a horror, and it's been terribly present in my mind ever since. America has a shameful history, but we also have a history of progress, and that continues now as we fight against a new wave of hate that has found new life.

I also want to be clear that having racist thoughts does not make you a Nazi. We all have bias, we all have fear, and sometimes we even have hate. It's what we do with those things that matters. Do we give in to irrational bias...or do we work hard to keep the hate from creeping in.

Here are some other great and important things I've read this week:
Rhett McLaughlin - Thoughts on Confederate Statues from a Southern White Male: https://medium.com/@rhettmc/thoughts-on-confederate-statues-from-a-southern-white-male-b81a2693113d

What white parents can do for black parents right now - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/08/17/what-white-parents-can-do-for-black-parents-right-now/

This thing about "white pride" https://twitter.com/AdrianXpression/status/897978833151852544

White Americans Have to Make a Choice
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/08/white_americans_can_end_the_fight_over_confederate_monuments.html

Secret Project - email already went out, you can read it here: http://mailchi.mp/b89eabef63d4/build-a-turtle-cake-happy-birthday-john





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I think it's both tongue awareness month and orbital teapot month because if your not thinking about it that's a reason you sould think about it. Now I'm going to go like the video anyway since the message about talking openly about issues is so important.

2 months ago

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin" - Nelson Mandela. But many leaders of his party, the ANC, egged on by another black racist party, the EFF (see Julius Malema, the leader, on Youtube) consistently foment the most vitriolic black-on-white racism in statements of hate speech that never make the mainstream media. Many white people are victims of a murderous black racism in S Africa reminiscent of apartheid.

4 months ago

It's like if Dwight from the Office became an SJW obsessed with identity politics.

4 months ago

It is possible the black teachers could have been less good, because racial discrimination may have caused them to be less educated. I wouldn't be surprised if your mother wasn't thinking about it from that angle, though.

8 months ago

HANK IS WHITE? SINCE WHEN?!

11 months ago

Hank Green, I think we need to change that mentality. If everyone thought that getting to the moon would not be achieved in their lifetime in 1969 then we would still be thinking about getting to the moon. If we want this struggle to be finished then we have to assume that in can be finished by 2070. We have all the tools we need to end this and many other problems in out lifetime but we need to BELIEVE that we can solve our problems.

1 year ago

I agree with you here Hank 100%. I would safely say I have my own advantages here though they're not what you might think. Looking into my family's history, there's demonstrable racial diversity. Yes, I know my skin colour is white, there's a significant amount of middle eastern, asian and implicitly a whole bunch of others I won't know until I get a DNA test done. I really can see in my own family that we've had a gift of this kind of thinking for 100s (if not 1000s) of years. I reckon that's why racism is so...I don't know how else to say it, weird to me. I really do wish I could communicate myself here to people better so I can do my part in making the world a better place, I'm certainly open to suggestion.

1 year ago

America, you great unfinished symphony...

1 year ago

There would be less racial tension if people could more easily live apart. Allowing for voluntary segregation would do so much for cooling the flames of racism.

1 year ago

nightflight83 The time of the most equalist form of wealth among races was during segregation then we started fighting to go into white shit for some reason...

1 year ago

1600 dislikes - wow almost 10% . Trump supporters trolling on this channel...shame.

1 year ago

"as a white man who knows nothing about racism..."
I get the feeling Hank has been been bullied for being pasty and white for his entire life, but because he thinks blacks are inferiour he needs to ignore every time a black or a latino denied him moral consideration on the colour of skin. Everyone has experienced racism at some point in their lives, if you think your skin colour makes you "exempt" you are as much as a racist as the people you are trying to change. He's as much a sexist considering he's established a history of letting women violate his VidCon Code of Conduct because he'd never let a woman be accountable for her actions.

1 year ago

Thanks for the video Hank. Race is a hard topic to broach, and I appreciate your willingness to speak on it.

1 year ago

Thank you for sharing topics and ideas with the world with grace and kindness. While not unbiased your videos help open my eyes to the world in a way that is not infused with anger but with inspiration to do good and change.
Thank you

1 year ago

I'm very sad. I used to like Hank and I can't believe he's gone completely unfactual SJW.

1 year ago

Weirdly, I've never thought about this before. But I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis and went to school in the 90s/00s and I've never had a non-white teacher. It's not something that has ever been on my radar but now that it is, I wonder if my life would be different if I had more diverse teachers when I was growing up.

1 year ago

But I insist on the arrest and prosecution of bicycle thieves!

1 year ago

I wish they would teach an anthropology course in public schools at some point. Once you learn about the origins of humanity, it's hard not to see color as merely the result of where our ancestors lived. I'm white because my ancestors lived in the cold north and needed more vitamin D. Hence our skin became lighter over time. The concept of race doesn't actually exist because there is no distinction between humans of different colors. We are ALL related. Highly encourage anyone seeking more info on this to Google the Out of Africa Theory. It's really cool!
Props to Hank for an awesome video!

1 year ago

Hi Hank,
This is unrelated, and I don't know if you've mentioned it in any of your videos - I just heard about how Montana has been having a lot of extraordinary forest fires lately and it's been affecting a lot of homes and lives in the state.
I wanted to ask if you're okay and or if you could make a video mentioning it, if there's anyway to send help/donations to the people's who's lives have been devastated.
I don't know a lot about it, but I know the news has only covered stuff for hurricane harvey victims, and this may be something more people should know about ?

Thanks and good discussion this week :)

1 year ago

Hank, you claim that tribalism is innate for humans I am afraid is too vague to be said as a general fact. And if it were innate, perhaps it would only regard to actual tribes (hence the name), as opposed to a factor regarding how people of different skin colors treat each other in a democratic society devoid of violence (at least relative to what was experienced by humans for the majority of our history).

I live in Oregon, and here I go to church with, school with, the store with, are friends with and related to people of different skin color and I have never had an inclination to treat them differently, nor have I witnessed and any discrimination based on skin color. And in areas where there is discrimination, it could easily be correlated to a historical and political undertone. I just don't buy this innate prejudice based on skin color, but perhaps you are willing to better explain it for me in a scientifically methodic way.

1 year ago

When everybody has pride in their race, the problem will be solved.

1 year ago