I've said this before and I'll say it again.

The fedi is just a racist place.

Sure, people have the right buzz words in their bios and all that but it's been three years and the fedi still has the same virulently racist problem it had when I first set up PV.

People say the right things in public but they conspire behind the scenes to harass Black/Brown folks.

And it's not GAB centric people. It's your friends, your mutuals, your faves.

That's why nothing is being done about it.

The fedi is a racist place not because its hard to root out racism. It's been pretty easy to identify where the centers are coming from.

The fedi is racist because it wants to be racist.

It's not rocket science. It just is what it is.

People in the fedi like being hateful, angry and bigoted. It's just simple math.

The fedi itself is microcosm of Western society and it's unrelenting patience it has for violent hate and bigotry.

It's still here because people like it.

@Are0h I agree with this wholeheartedly, and a large part of that is because when people getting banned from centralized services, they tend to move to the fediverse, and we get stuck with them. The one thing I will say is that at least this is a community issue and not a management issue as we see with platforms like TikTok censoring black/brown voices.

@singularjor I kind of agree but there is not concentrated effort to deal with those bigots that get banned and come here.

Sure, it's easy to deal with Gab-like instances because they are overtly racist but little to nothing is done about the consistent effort of 'leftist' instances to constantly minimize, discredit and demonize the experiences of people on the fedi that aren't white.

At least Gab had the courage to be honest and open about their bigotry.

@Are0h Is there a way the fediverse could deal with that as a whole aside from changes of individual instances' policies?

@singularjor There is but it requires a commitment to de-toxify general interactions on the fediverse that quite frankly has been violently resisted in my entire three year time I've ran an instance.

The fedi could absolutely be safer but there is a vested interest in not keeping it so. That's the heart of the issue.

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