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One of the biggest knitting websites in the world, which claims to have more than 8 million members, has announced that it will ban users from expressing support for Donald Trump, saying that to do so constitutes “white supremacy”.

On Sunday, administrators for Ravelry, a site for knitters, crocheters, designers and anyone dabbling in the fibre arts, said that they were making any expression of support for Trump and his administration in forum posts, patterns, on their personal profile pages or elsewhere permanently off limits.

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy,” the site’s administrators said in a post.

 

Users could also be permanently banned under the policy.

The Trump ban comes only months after political upheaval gripped the knitting and crochet community around issues of racial and cultural insensitivity. That debate was sparked by popular knitwear designer and blogger Karen Templer, who wrote in January about a planned trip to India, likening it, in her excitement, to visiting Mars. Many in the craft community objected to the characterisation, calling it othering and reductive.

Templer apologised soon afterwards, but the incident had a ripple effect, sparking off conversations about diversity and inclusivity in the craft community on Instagram, Ravelry and other places that crafters congregate online. A similar debate about cultural sensitivity and appropriation recently occurred in the sewing community.

 

Should VJ follow?

 

Seems diversity and inclusivity means the opposite of the usual Dictionary definition in this context.

 


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So a website/message board is discriminating against free expression?  Certainly their right, but it is blatantly hypocritical.

 

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Well I believe the site is privately own? Then it's certainly their right to ban anything they want and establish any rules they want.

 

Also - how REALLY knitting and support of Trump are tied together? o_O 


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9 minutes ago, Rosalind F said:

Well I believe the site is privately own? Then it's certainly their right to ban anything they want and establish any rules they want.

 

Also - how REALLY knitting and support of Trump are tied together? o_O 

Knitted together I think you mean.


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I'm knitting my brows over their decision.


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You could turn it into a knitting forum for Trump supporters?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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6 hours ago, Cyberfx1024 said:

When I hit the big time I am going to buy VJ and ban EVERYBODY hahahahahaha 

You'd have to "hit it BIG" to be able to afford VJ.  

 

Besides, I think too many have already been banned for it to be interesting anymore.

Edited by ALFKAD

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11 minutes ago, ALFKAD said:

You'd have to "hit it BIG" to be able to afford VJ.  

Besides, I think too many have already been banned for it to be interesting anymore.

Noted.... I will be putting you on my list as the first one to go when I hit it "BIG".😋

Edited by Cyberfx1024

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1 hour ago, Cyberfx1024 said:

Noted.... I will be putting you on my list as the first one to go when I hit it "BIG".😋

Please do!! I can't seem to kick this bad habit, even after the mods booted all the libs I enjoyed talking to!

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Just now, Steeleballz said:

 

   It already is.

I did not know that you knit.


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Diversity is our strength.


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