Author: Jessica Jones
I have been largely silent as the knitting and slow fashion worlds in the arena of social media have been experiencing some extreme heat. I've been feeling the topic of "diversity in craft" bubbling beneath the surface for some time and have been wondering when it might boil over. I thought maybe... Maybe we can fix this before it comes to a head. I mean, if anyone can, it's us. Right? But even we have too far to go before we make things right.
If you know to what I am referring, that is a good thing. You have at least done the work of exposing yourself to a range of cultural influences online. If you don't have a clue what I am talking about, then you are either not "online" or you should consider the fact that you may not be opening yourself up to people of color in our crafting community.
Karen Templar of Fringe Association wrote a blog post. It was naively written. It hurt many people. Her initially defensive reaction on Instagram may have caused more hurt and anger than the original post itself. And it has triggered a hell of an important conversation. One that we are having more and more frequently, especially in the U.S. One that white people should have been contributing to for many more generations than this.
But, as in the header above, I'd like to quote one of my favorite writers...