Ravelry is an online social network and “community” of knitters and crocheters. It describes itself as “[a] place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.”
Note that no where in its self-description does it say Ravelry is about politics.
Nevertheless, yesterday, Ravelry declared that, in the interest of encouraging inclusiveness, all supporters of President Donald Trump — anyone who speaks nicely about Trump or upload projects that support Trump — are banned from its website because support for Trump is akin to “white supremacy.”
Ravelry announced the ban on Twitter, oblivious to their “inclusive” hypocrisy:
We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry. We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. More details: https://t.co/hEyu9LjqXa
— Ravelry (@ravelry) June 23, 2019
We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.
This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content. Note that your project data will never be deleted. We will never delete your Ravelry project data for any reason and if a project needs to be removed from the site, we will make sure that you have access to your data. If you are permanently banned from Ravelry, you will still be able to access any patterns that you purchased. Also, we will make sure that you receive a copy of your data.
At the same time as declaring the ban on Trump supporters, Ravelry denies they’re showing preference for Democrats over Republicans: “We are definitely not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.” The site admits that Trump supporters are still technically allowed on its website because they can’t police the thoughts of those who don’t openly express their political opinions.
Despite all that, some Trump-supporting Ravelry community members say they had already received notice that their profiles have been suspended:
I could cry. What has the world come to. In a forum thread I just remarked how I admire Donald Trump and this is what I immediately received in my in-box: pic.twitter.com/MbD9bfd9ae
— Pancho (@Pancho93528792) June 23, 2019
This is not the first time of the knitting group’s politicization.
Back in February, a prominent and respected member of Ravelry was publicly excommunicated after confiding that she had always wanted to travel to India and that she was planning a trip for late 2019. The woman’s knitting “community” accused her of racism, cultural appropriation, cultural insensitivity, and white privilege, and forced her to apologize.
H/t Daily Wire
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