The online knitting community known as Ravelry announced it will not allow any posts showing support for President Trump because Trump support is the same as “support for white supremacy.”
“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the website Ravelry announced on Sunday. “Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”
That doesn’t sound inclusive to me, it sounds exclusive since a group of people have been excluded.
The site said the prohibition “applies to forum posts, user profiles, and knitting projects, including patterns shared over the website. Trump supporters are still welcome on the platform, ‘you just can’t talk about it here,’ the service said.”
Sounds like a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to me.
Ravelry has around 8 million users and was started in 2007. It’s a place where people can sell their yarn-related projects. “Past projects on the Ravelry site include woven hats that say ‘Trump 2020,’ ‘USA MAGA,’ and ‘Keep America Trump,’ all of which have been deleted.” Not anymore.
Ravelry says its “not endorsing the Democrats nor banning Republicans.” It also warns users against antagonizing conservative members on the site. Ravelry added that its new “no-Trump” policy was taken from RPG.net, a forum for role-playing games, which in October banned posts supporting Trump.
Why don’t these niche websites just ban all political talk and focus on their interests? Probably because progressives like the Ravelry crowd want to marginalize their political opponents by redefining what they stand for and exiling them from popular culture.
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