Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Newest Hotbed of Racism

Beware of Possible Local Racist Knitting Circles 

For some people these days, every single thing is about race. This article in Vox, a web site for low-information young people, reads like a parody. But I am pretty sure it is serious. The topic? “The knitting community is reckoning with racism.” Personally, I didn’t even know there was a “knitting community.” It begins with a young knitter who expressed enthusiasm about an upcoming trip to India on social media:
"On January 7, she blogged excitedly about her upcoming trip to India. She wrote that 2019 would be her “year of color.” She said that as a child, India had fascinated her, and that when an Indian friend’s parents offered to take her with them on a trip, it was “like being offered a seat on a flight to Mars.” She spoke of her trip as if it were the biggest hurdle anyone could jump: “If I can go to India, I can do anything — I’m pretty sure."
Templer, it should be noted, is white. Que the nearest person with low self esteem who defines existence by skin color and waiting to be offended....
"As someone who is mixed-race Indian, to me, her post (though seemingly well-meaning) was like bingo for every conversation a white person has ever had with me about their “fascination” with my dad’s home country; it was just so colorful and complex and inspiring. It’s not that they were wrong, per se, just that the tone felt like they thought India only existed to be all those things for them." 
Following a major controversy in the online knitting community, the offender offered a Maoist apology:
"Templer has since apologized for her post, writing, “It took women of color pointing this out for me to see it … which is not their responsibility, and I am thankful to them for taking the time,” and that she’d be continuing to raise visibility of people of color (and specifically black/indigenous POC) knitters and their work."
Social media makes pointing out someones perceived or imaginary racism easier than ever. For weeks, knitters have used Instagram, and specifically Instagram stories, to share their observations, tag other knitters, and conduct polls about others’ experiences with racism in the community. Hundreds of people have shared stories of being ignored in knitting stores, or being told someone didn’t think black or Asian people knit.

Wow, who hasn't been ignored by a lazy retail employee? If lefties can turn knitting into a hotbed of racism, what can’t they do?

(Vox Media)

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