Those who have already harmed, who call those pointing it out the aggressors, who want to protect their standing in the community, who want to protect their influence over the marketplace -- the ones who have already proven their willingness to carelessly harm? Are they really the ones who deserve our alignment?Read More
The idea that people with privilege should first be centered, having their comfort waived at the entrance of the gates, is to disregard marginalised people and their lived experiences; in order for anything to be expressed it must be first made palatable — sifted through an unconscionable entrenchment in maintaining the status quo.Read More
Ravelry has been following the anti-racism discussions in the community quite closely, and if anything, we expected them to take a big step sooner. Our main concern is that the decision was reactive, and only occurred after violence towards a WOC. It is late and overdue, but necessary. We hesitate to call it a good first step; only time will tell if it really is.Read More
Hurtled into a reality that does not support me – that’s how it feels to be human.
I open my mouth to speak, but no one is able to receive my words. So I fall silent.
Even that is unacceptable. One needs to be louder to be heard, don’t I want to be heard?Read More
If the firm grip the gatekeepers have on the bars of inclusivity don’t loosen, who will be the ones to allow the kaleidoscope to turn in all directions, equally?Read More
If you are creating a curriculum around white folks that can't be comfortable around non white folks are those the people you want to embolden as racially educated?Read More
We bloom into our societies embedded with the knee jerk reactions of their bias and prejudice, so that when we watch the social currency of an apology being exchanged, it is as real as watching the reparation of any other debt.Read More
Relationships are tricky. They need certain poorly-understood conditions to thrive. Without these conditions, there can be no relationship. If one is forced despite their absence, it quickly becomes toxic, unequal, exploitative: and without acknowledgement of this dynamic, it cannot be saved. This is true for every kind of relationship, even the ones we have with acquaintances, colleagues and family.
Simply put, it appears we don’t really know how to interact with each other a lot of the time.Read More
A summary of questions we’ve received and roadblocks we’ve seen, to be updated over time.Read More
As much as was achieved and is still being achieved — our actions come at a cost. Speaking up makes us more visible and more easily targeted. On the one hand, loud dissension is needed for change to occur. On the other, loudness is jarring to those who find these concepts new or unfamiliar.Read More