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Ravelry, personal & professional statement.

Perso & Pro

Hello everybody,
There are times when the position you choose as a company joins a personal position and it must be clear, unequivocal and publicly shared.
Therefore, I speak on my own behalf but also on behalf of my company in this article.
Although being quite vocal on Instagram, to me, it seems necessary to take a real position on a media that will not be  forgotten bit by bit.

What is my position?

  •  I support all marginalized groups: this includes LGBTQIA +, BIPOC, disabled and the body inclusivity movement
  • I support Ravelry in their decision to ban pro-Trump and / or white supremacist speeches in a desire to be an inclusive platform.
  • I will not tolerate any behavior in favor of racism, homophobia, transphobia or xenophobia on the various platforms for which I am responsible. Thus, I will moderate comments on my Instagram feed as well as comments on articles on the Notebook. People engaging  in this type of behavior will be reported to the platform they use, blocked and blacklisted. Screenshots will be made and if the issue is persistent, a complaint will be lodged with the Police services depending on the nature and nature of the comment. As a reminder: in France provocation to discrimination, hatred, racist violence or cyber-harassment are punishable by law.

Things to think about

The following advices results of @Knitcraftandknittery IG post, you can read the original publication here.
I used it with her lovely permission.
I also thanks  @transmutationknits and @su.kruita for their respectiv recent posts.

  • Complacency equals Consent: If you do not speak up and allow them to continue to speak, you are allowing the far-right to think you agree with their ideals. This allows the myth of « the silent white majority » to continue. Do not allow your fear of upsetting people allow you to agree with them instead.
  • Your voice and your actions have weight and importance. By simply being vocal about your position you can make a difference.
  • Make sure when you make any type of post or statement that it is clear and not leave room for ambiguity or interpretation.
  • You do not want to host hateful comments? Moderate them. I recommend that you leave your comments open. While it may seem « safe » to keep people who are toxic from being able to post, closing off comments makes it look like you do not want to do the work of educating and helping marginalized populations. Keeping comments open and moderating helps people know they can come to you and find a safe community instead of your attempt to please both sides by putting out an ambiguous statement and not having to answer questions.
  • However, you can decide to definitely close your comments on a period on which you know you will not be able to moderate (during the night, for example), to ensure that your space is safe and secure for people who follow you. When you do this, specify in your post that you are going to close them, for how long, and why. You do not have to stay stuck on your phone, but transparency is important.
  • What happens if a person seems like they are willing to learn but they posted a hurtful comment because they arent far enough along in their « education »? They seem respectful? Ok, it happens. My go-to is delete and send that person a DM. No one needs to see an argument thread 40 messages long on my post. If that person is willing to be respectful, I engage with them privately and delete harmful comments.
  • If you see unwanted comments on a different account than yours, you can report it to the platform and reach out to the owner of the account. In the « like and comments »  volume, we can miss out something
  • If you see a hateful post or one that publicly exposes someone: NEVER tag an activist underneath: this exposes the person you are tagging and exposes you as well. Take a screenshot, or send the post and then report it to FB and IG.
  • Unless you can fully ensure their protection on your space (yes, moderate your comments etc..) DON’T  tag others activists and BIPOC/LBGTQIA+ on your IG post: this will cause stress for the individual, even if you mean well.
  • It’s absolutely crucial you to understand it’s important not to publicly expose toxic people name. Don’t directly interact with them, and even less provoke them. Think a secon: as an African American wisely said when you expose someone, specialy white supremacist, they will come after BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ in very first. Not after white cis straight people. They are the one who are going to pay the bill. You are not a social avenger and the consequences will be disastrous.
- Be an ally. Not an asshole -​

About donations

Many of you have asked me how to donate to Ravelry. I will answer this question by giving you this direct link.
Yes, Ravelry is in a very difficult situation at the moment and making a donation is useful to them, but let us not forget all the people who made this change possible. Hatred and white supremacy never should have had the opportunity to grow at Ravelry, but it did, so do keep that in mind, as well.
Yes it’s a good thing to donate to an anti-racism association, transphobia, etc..
Yes you can support the people mentioned in the previous article and give them a donation (most of them have a KO-FI).

However, please remember that if Ravelry made such a decision, this is a direct consequence of the harassment that a woman suffers because of her skin colour: Lizzie. Before buying a good consciousness in making a donation, do not we first have to make our spaces safe and inclusive?
Do not misunderstand me: at no point here do I say that donations should not be made, and I will tend to encourage you to do so to activists who have been acting for a long time. Simply, just like in our real lives, it is necessary to do the work on our social networks. Donating is only the tip of the iceberg and a small part of what we can do.

A while ago, Skeindeer , @Knitsonik  and @bysimone IG account has been taken down for “violating the instagram rules”, here again with no serious reasons. When that happened, all the craft community gathered to speak out, posts, stories, IG reports. A few days later, everyone got access back to their account.

Lizzie is one of the people that influenced Ravelry’s new statement about stricter hate speech rules. Today, she is paying a heavy price for that: she’s been doxxed, she’s been harassed by people who are determined to silence and erase her. Do you realize what she has done so that we can celebrate?

I’m going to ask you some questions. These are rhetorical, so answer them yourself:
Do you need to know someone to help?
Do you think you support is useless, your voice has no weight?
NO. You don’t need to know someone to help. If you can do it, do it .
Yes your voice and actions matters. You think you are a nobody? Well, I’m a nobody too. I’m neither better nor braver than you. It’s all our voice, gathered, that has a real impact.
Last but not least: what is more important to you?
You precious followers numbers or justice, equality and equity?
In the same situation, how would you like people act?
Why are you hesitant?

- #bringbacklizzieplusix -

The Paradox of Tolerance

In conclusion, it seems useful to add this image of the paradox of tolerance by Karl Popper. Over the past few days, I have been able to read anything and everything about banishing extremist speeches, and it seems to me that this representation speaks for itself.

Many thanks to @ioarma for her huge translation help & @transmutationknits for their carefull rereading and correction .

You can support me here on Ko-fi.

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