PV 4 Thoughts, changes
So, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve heard me talk about my project PV4, which is Play Vicious 4.
I started it a couple of years ago with the intention of it being a media site that posts stories about all kinds of cool stuff. In part it will still be that.
However after talking to a of really smart people and examing my own motivations for building, I decided to expand what PV4 is going to be. Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/Are0h
Look, here’s the thing. I’m not going to say what you want. I have my views and perspectives that I believe in. If you need me to have a specific posture to mimic your particular sensibilities for cooperation, then we’re just not going to get along.
But if you’re about equality, justice and fairness for _all_ peoples, I’m in the fight with you. Every day. Even if you don’t dig me.
My commitment to progress is not based on being liked. I just want us to get free.
Aye folks. I don't how other instances will operate, but I can promise Social will be a safe space for us to talk openly about issues without wasting effort on people that don't want to listen.
I want honest convo on my instance, but if one cannot do that respectfully and without resorting to childish taunts, they will be shown the door.
I'm the big brother you call when someone is getting on your nerves.
I got your back. Always.
I love #introductions. Let me do a proper one.
I'm Ro. I design, develop, overthink and on occasion, make beats. Check out: https://thetwelfth.house And before you ask, yes. I am.
I'm also a history buff and I think a lot about social theory. Ha, you've been warned.
Needless to say, I got a lot going on. But I'm pretty cool... generally.
I don't care how much funding/donation I lose or how many followers run from me in that process.
There is never going to be a moment when I stop calling out racism and it's sources whenever I see it. I am never going to stop identifying spaces that exist to harm people that are like me.
I am trying to build something bigger than a popularity and anxiety engine.
And I'm closer to it that people think.
My stamina for building healthy communities and reducing harm is unlimited.
Count on that.
I am exceptionally proud of the work I have done in this first iteration of PV. It has shown me that independent social media is very possible. Masto is definitely not the tool needed to make this a reality, haha, but it was nice while it lasted.
The rampant hate on the fedi that I have experienced has only reinforced that I am not only on the right track but these bigots know what I'm trying to do and are doing everything to stop me.
Ha, but they can't. That's why they stay enraged.
I've found that this fear is at the core of most of the bitter squabbles I've had since I've been on the fedi. That specific rage and anger that is reserved for Black fediversians is based in the idea that we can exist and actually thrive without them.
That's why they fight common sense security and safety features. That's why they constantly demean, attack and harass our spaces.
They know we can do better but want us to give up b/c it exposes how incompetent they are.
My time in the fedi has exposed literally all of the flaws of social media so in that respect, I'm glad I came here. This is only the first iteration of PV and it was a wildly successful experiment of self run social media.
It also revealed just how deep white hatred of Black autonomous thought goes. It revealed how progress of social media is hindered by white people's inability to let Black folks be themselves.
White people are TERRIFIED of a social media experience that doesn't center them
There's always a social cost whenever I talk about the blatant hypocrisy of white progressive on the fedi but that just proves my point of how aggressive this place polices Black folks.
For me, it's worth it because I reach a lot of people who see how aggressive this place is with it's anti-blackness and we connect privately.
And let's be clear. There are more Black folks on the fedi than you think.
They just don't want to reveal that they're Black b/c they see how much the fedi hates us.
People always talk about my attitude and demeanor but never talk about the context of my mental health and the constant deluge of racism and hate that PV has dealt with since I spun up this instance.
I've seen more context and sympathy applies and give to the most hateful racists and instances. Bigots that have long histories of harassment and causing harm are given the benefit of the doubt repeatedly.
But the moments someone Black makes a mis-step, it's the end of the fucking world.
You never, ever see white 'leftists' harass, dog pile, go after, antagonize actual racists, neo nazis, white nationals and supremacists like you see them hurl themselves at Black people. Never.
You see tacit agreements that RACISM IS BAD but you never see white progressives fight with them like the are so willing to have extended fights and feuds with Black folks.
Sustained campaigns to de-platform people have been reserved almost primarily for Black folks who some to this space.
I've had my squabbles on here and I'll probably have more LOL but one thing I can say is that 99% of them are b/c of the rage of entitled white people who believe me making a space for Black/Brown folks outside of the white gaze is an affront.
This doesn't annoy white people. It enrages them. And we've seen it time and time again.
It doesn't matter what posture I take or how nice I am or how cordial I can be.
The majority of the fedi just hates the idea of a Black fedi.
Not dislike. Hate.
I remember the glee so many people had when the story broke of Kobe Bryant's passing and a juxtapose that with the tepid almost benign response to when the child sex trafficker Jeff Epstein passed away.
I have countless stories of Black/Brown folks DMing me and asking me why white people are SO angry on here when they are allegedly trying to get away from toxic social media spaces.
There has never been point where the fedi has deal with this obvious undercurrent of white rage.
If you look at the trajectory of the fedi, there is has always been a specific level of fury reserved towards outspoken Black folks that generally just isn't seen applied to even the most outwardly racist and hateful communities.
I remember the sheer rage white 'leftists' like Anna and Noelle hurled at the young brother ehjovan when he set up his instance and brought his crew with him.
The sheer frantic madness of it is something I had never seen. The way white PROGRESSIVES launched at him.
We blocked Elekk weeks ago because of their constant antagonization and them providing a home to a few of the worst bad actors who have been responsible for extended periods of harassment against PV.
I'd recommend you'd do the same. That place is a hub of anti-blackness and racism. And it has been for a long time.
LOL, Elekk and Myasstodon been clapping at me for months, but when I decide to fire back one day THEN it's a problem.
Thank you fedi for proving once again that the problem with social media is white people and their tolerance for campaigns of hate and intolerance for Black folks not putting up with that bullshit.
Hahaha, diversity in the fedi is a joke. A bad one.
I've learned that PV is fundamentally at odds with most of the fedi because most places just want to have consequence free social media platforms for white folks, which is just replicating the problem the allegedly want to solve.
And for the most part I'm cool with it. I had no illusions about what would happen when I started PV.
LOL, but folks on here are straight up lying about wanting more Black/Brown voices in this space.
Because that's not hard to do if you're not a bigot.
One of the things people say about me a lot is that I deal harshly with people I don't agree with. To a certain extent that is true.
I believe Black/Brown folks should have safe space without having to have a white chaperon. I believe arguing with someone that believe in an ideology that result in us being impoverished and or dead is pointless and useless.
The fact we have the stance that white people's hate and erasure of Black folks isn't a debatable point angers a lot of PROGRESSIVES.
If you don't like your bigot friends being treated as such, just unfollow me. It's cool. Like I said we are not for everybody.
But if I see folks straight up lying on the timeline about how the WANT MORE BLACK VOICEZZ I'm gonna call it the lie that it is. Ha, because y'all don't.
The fedi wants tokens not diversity. The fedi wants non-white people that make white people feel better about doing nothing.
That aint inclusion. That's not intersectionality.
The only people PV alienates are bigots.
It is not our fault most of your faves fall into that category.
We are not here to absolve people of their bigotry for some fake ass kumbaya bullshit.
We've given the fedi multiple opportunities to prove its rhetoric about diversity, much of at our own expense.
And the fedi has proven consistently it is not the benefit of the doubt it constantly demands.
The long history of how the fedi has treated Black folks says it all.
And as expected, people are unsubscribing from my Patreon when I start calling out their faves for their constant bigotry.
I wish I could say I was surprised but white supremacy historically has punished Black folks for bringing attention to the source of our torment.
The fedi is no different.
Ha, I suspect I'll be back down to the folks I know I can count on in a month or two.
Well, the BLM trend on the fedi was fun while it lasted. LOL, back to your regularly scheduled hate and violence.
Ha @nein09 actually knows me outside of social media.
We've worked together so she knows how I am and how I carry it.