Knitting circles are replete with racism, according to a 2,000-word essay published Monday. And it wasn’t even in the Onion.
The Vox commentary article, titled “The knitting community is reckoning with racism,” claims “knitters of color” are often discriminated against by fellow knitters. Such instances of hatred are seen all over the internet, according to Vox, but is especially cancerous on sites such as Instagram, Etsy, and even on the knitters’ personal blogs.
What mountain of evidence does the author use to show the prevalence of racism in knitting circles, you might ask? Absolutely none. This essay follows up on a recent invasion of the online knitting space by social justice types, or maybe just trolls, who began bullying people for having basically just normal conversations about life. The phenomenon received some attention last month in Quillette, where the issue of racism among knitters was referred to as a “witch-hunt.”
The title of this jawdropping piece asks: “Can social justice warriors ruin knitting?” Of COURSE they can. These are some profoundly, irreparably miserable people we’re talking about here, intent on spreading their own misery as far and wide as possible. Trust me: there is NO aspect of life, however obscure, trivial, or innocuous, that they won’t invade, corrupt, disfigure, and demolish. Via Ace, who provides a broader analysis explaining why insane horseshit like this actually does matter. Myself, I’m still too gobsmacked by it too bother.