a lot of people will say things like “we all said stuff we don’t agree with now when we were younger” and i agree to an extent, many of us did have some level of ignorance before but here are a couple thoughts –
1.) not everyone was virulently, violently racist. yes maybe many people weren’t educated on the nuances of systemic racism, said things that were far far from perfect, etc., but if you really think EVERYONE was out here thinking blackface and slurs were okay??? i have questions about your childhood??
2.) we are not all public figures. public figures must be held to a different standard because of the power they wield. a platform is a PRIVILEGE not a right.
3.) if you are a public figure and your early videos were racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc., you effectively built your career off of that. that is where your career took off. you have directly profited off of bad behavior. many of these apology videos are filmed in million dollar homes bought in part by these videos.
4.) not posting blatantly racist things is not the same as being actively anti-racist. same with sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. I am white, so this is not for me to determine what counts as effective anti-racism, but it’s for sure not an ABSENCE of action