We live in a time of confronting things: our past, present and future.
From (in my case) discovering 8,000 indigenous people were brutally murdered during Brazil’s dictatorship time and there was little accountability about it, to learning how recent is America’s state-sentioned segregationist past. As far as the present goes, we are collectively confronting police brutality and the bias against people of color in all realms of life. In the middle of all this, the future feels grim as coronavirus in the US gets worse and an uninspired, terribly organized, election is coming our way.
I tried watching Seinfeld, focusing only on my privileged little world, eating carrot cake and staring at the wall until I fall asleep but there is no avoiding it: we live difficult times. We have the responsibility to confront it.
Ok, let’s confront it. Let’s talk about the stuff that’s going on. Hm… But how?
My friends, that is when Left tube comes in.
Contrapoints, Philosophy Tube, Big Joel, Nerdwriter, Patrick H. Williams, Lindsay Ellis, Some More News, H.Bomber.guy, Sarah Z. and Vlogbrothers are just some of the many channels on YouTube that bring , in an original way, political analyses, humor and reflections about the most diverse subjects.
These YouTubers are liberals (healthcare is a human right, marijuana, abortions and unions should be legalized and state-sponsored, the police should not handle minor issues and antibias training is absolutely necessary, refugees should be recognized and protected etc…), but most of all, the main characteristic of Left tube is the talent to unite research and art to explore the world and think about discussions relevant to today’s world.
We need to talk about difficult things sometimes and when life feels overwhelming, there is nothing like joining discussions in a way that feels constructive. Leftube is challenging us to participate in this soul-crushing discourse without losing our voices or minds.
PS. Please share your favorite political YouTubers below
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