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We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe. By Elie Wiesel (via missrosemaryclaire)

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I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??
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joshwatchintv:

blurintofocus:

joshwatchintv:

blurintofocus:

joshwatchintv:

Kirsten beat me to it. 

Friends who reblogged this, I get the “joke” you’re trying to make but hey, does that mean I am a horrible person because a friend’s wedding is this weekend and I am celebrating their love? Not to directly call you out Josh but you hosted a trivia event last night, right? 

We can still be citizens who care and are aware and informed about Ferguson and working to make change and wax our legs at the same time.

It’s also pretty crude to joke and include people who have nothing at all to do with the situation. I could go onto a million random people’s Facebooks and pull a picture of them doing anything but being in Ferguson right now and make this same point. Oh look, they are not there! But they are also not to blame* for Ferguson. Also a video that goes up now was created in advance by days if not weeks, so it’s not even as much of a transgression of my wedding attendance, if you’re looking at it through that lens.

* with the caveat that there’s a larger SYSTEMATIC blame, and white privilege, etc. I’m aware of that.

I think it’s more the parallel. At least it is to me. Fiction of the dystopian future sort in general is moving closer and closer toward reality. It used to be authors of 30+ years ago who, to many, seemed just too far off base with their fiction to serve as more a cautionary tale. And now a book that’s less than 10 years old is directly paralleling events in our contemporary society. 

That parallel being that there are horrific events going on perpetuated by people in a position of power over those who are given none that are being ignored, hushed, or denied while the exact polar opposite happens, and the Bread and Circuses continue to distract the masses. 

These images could be just as easily replaced with the video of Nash Grier shouting FAG accompanied by his apologist fans screaming after him at VidCon. It’s the same statement. It’s the same sentiment. I’d be intrigued to know how many of either of their loyal followers are informed on the situation in Ferguson at all. 

I work for a video game company and helped produce and support a major event for one of our titles today. I have no intention of stopping everything that I’m doing and flying myself out there right now, nor should - I think - anyone who is interested in getting a wax. 

It was one thing in 1939 1949 to tell people that by the 80s they would be fully controlled by the government, and educated readers to think “Yes, this is extreme, but I really should be aware of the world I’m in.” It’s another to say “I just read Hunger Games and an entire part of the country was under martial law while an entire other part of the country was oblivious to the fact… and that’s happening in the real world right now.”

Reblogging for Josh’s commentary! I still think it’s hard to say that the people featured are “oblivious” just because a recent video was about something carefree, but I see the point of the parallel. My one other thought to add is — I think a lot of the youth fanbase of those stars are looking at the same Tumblr and Twitter we are, and that’s a good thing.

Ugh 1949. I fat fingered the date for 1984. I meant 49. I know when books are published and have Google. 

But yes. I hope those who find themselves fans of any number of YouTubers are informed and aware and watching and communicating. I really do. 

But if we strip it down to actions - militarized control of the powerless vs people with colored hair discussing beauty treatments - that’s actually a comparison made within the text of The Hunger Games. And that’s kind of terrifying. 

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rainbowreverie21:

chickenyaoi:

America is some fucked up dystopian shit honestly like how are y’all even surviving? Paying for healthcare? $60,000 on tuition? POC getting shot in Wal-Marts? White men shooting up elementary schools? That’s terrifying I’m worried about all of you

America doesn’t seem that terribly horrible when you live here day to day and you’ve known nothing else but when somebody says something like this it fucks you up really good.