Jordan Culver, USA TODAY
Published 8:33 p.m. ET June 23, 2019 | Updated 10:06 p.m. ET June 23, 2019
President Donald Trump fought back against the notion that calling himself a nationalist means that he and the Republican party supports ‘white nationalist.” (Nov. 7)
A popular online knitting and crafting community has banned support of President Donald Trump and his administration, calling it a stand against “open white supremacy.”
Ravelry, an online knitting community with 8 million members, according to Business Insider, is banning forum posts, projects, patterns and profiles that “constitute support for Trump or his administration.”
“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the website said Sunday in a blog post titled “New Policy: Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration.”
The new policy is outlined on the website:
- You can still participate if you do in fact support the administration, you just can’t talk about it here.
- We are not endorsing the Democrats nor banning Republicans.
- We are definitely not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.
- We are not banning people for past support.
- Do not try to weaponize this policy by entrapping people who do support the Trump administration into voicing their support.
- Similarly, antagonizing conservative members for their unstated positions is not acceptable.
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Ravelry took to Twitter to announce its decision Sunday morning. Predictably, the announcement has drawn thousands of replies.
Some have been in favor:
Do you guys accept cross stitchers because you are BADASSES and I want to join
— Meghan Ball (@EldritchGirl) June 23, 2019
Y’all are making me want to learn how to knit just to support you guys.
— Ryan Atkins (@ryantatkins) June 23, 2019
Others denounced the decision:
Claims to be a “inclusive website” for all people…
Yet bans people due to baseless, ignorant assumptions.
The textbook definition of hypocrisy.
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) June 23, 2019
A message to Ravelry seeking comment was not immediately returned on Sunday. In its blog post, Ravelry said it took cues from gaming website RPG.net when crafting its policy banning pro-Trump talk.
Ravelry also noted those who have purchased patterns from the website will still be able to access those patterns. The website also included a promise that project data wouldn’t be deleted.
Ravelry is “a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration,” according to the website’s About Us section.