Note: I am not encouraging attacking, boycotting, or harassing anyone I talk about in this post. I know what this can do to one's mental health, and I do not wish it on anyone. If you have been the target of an online attack and are suffering mentally, please know you are not alone, and seek professional help if you are considering physically harming yourself. Feel free to contact me if you just need someone to talk to.
I recently received an email from someone asking if there was anything that could be done to help those who have been the target of an online attack. This was specific to the knitting community, but I think it could apply to anyone in any community. Here was my reply:
What the heck did Knitter’s Pride do wrong?! I love their Karbonz needles and will purchase some more on-line.
Have been at home sick today (too sick to knit) and have checked out some of the on-line commentary. Some of the interpretations are simply bizarre. One person with “lady” in their instagram name was wondering if one commenter who called her “Lady” was calling her a b*tch because Lady is the name of a dog. (what ?!)
And there is a making things app that is under fire for being racist.
April 28, 2019
Maria, what happened to the video you had up this morning? I was waiting for a quiet few minutes to watch it, when I tried to watch it it was gone. Bummer I was so looking forward to it.
They’re eating their own now. Say one wrong word and the swarm is on them. Hopefully they’ll stop their crazy control issues, sooner hopefully rather than later.
Love you Maria!
April 27, 2019
So, I am here because you put up a harmless video yesterday and I see that it’s gone. I can only imagine what happened.
I am one of the people you are speaking of in this post. Yes, I want to blast these authoritarian Thought-Nazis. Yes, I am afraid. I work for a very large healthcare company, have a healthcare license I have to protect, I have young children.
To those reading these posts to dig up dirt on “racists” I would ask them if the change they are trying to create feels good when it comes at the expense of destroying someone’s life. Not just their livelihood. Life. You are willfully and obediently taking a life when you target, shame and harass. You have changed no hearts or minds. Not one. You check in like the gestapo to see if the target is still obeying commands. I feel pity for you. Your life has become the hate you profess to abhor.
There is a book I have recommended often. It’s called “Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman” by Phyllis Chesler. Someone pointed out, this movement is often about eliminating a competitor. They hit the nail on the head. It’s a vicious, vile…but effective tactic. It’s ugly.
I remember as a child watching a news broadcast, back when news was news, not opinion. They were in Communist China following a group speaking out against the government. A speaker was addressing a crowd denouncing the cruelty inflicted on the people.. Planted in the crowd were individuals paid by the government to shout these people down. They ridiculed, slobbered, denounced, shamed the speaker. What I remember about the whole thing: the bystanders. They stood wide-eyed in fear. Frozen. They were on camera. The outcome for them was not going to be good either way. They were silent. They did not take a side. Undoubtedly they were re-educated, possibly beaten, or worse.
It is time to take a stand. You are not a racist. Even if they pepper your feed with ‘proof’. You are not. This has to stop. They know being called a racist is as insulting as being called a child molester. They are capitalizing on it. It’s slander. It’s evil. And to the designers and dyers who have been complicit, I hope you are at peace. You will be the next target. It’s not if, it’s when. When you are next and begging for help, remember who trampled you and whom you trampled upon.
Your thoughts on this matter are like a cold drink of water to a person weak from thirst. I naively reached for the SJW Kool-Aid after the Karen Templer debacle thinking I definitely had more to learn about racism. I made a donation and downloaded the “White Supremacy & Me” self-help book. Then I saw the horrendous assault on you and later how the SJWs mass attacked Knitter’s Pride (a BIPOC company, based in India no less!) after a whining SJW comment was deleted on their blog for being off-topic during a social media contest. The hypocrisy of their “tolerance” has not failed to astound me with each passing week.
To be honest, I typically watch IG now just to see who I will no longer patronize with my hard earned money. Funny how that works both ways, huh?
I’m just an old hippie liberal, but can see that the nonsense of the SJWs has, at least in part, fueled the backlash against radical liberalism and probably helped Trump get elected.
For an unabashed look at SJWs, I recommend watching Youtuber Awaken with JP’s take on “Being a Social Justice Warrior.”
Peace & Blessings upon you, Maria!!
April 24, 2019
Glad to see so many supportive comments here. I agree with every one of them – they give me hope. There is no discussion allowed on other people’s posts. I recall that some people were treated very rudely because they were just asking how all this got started. They were told to “do the necessary work” and to “educate” themselves. This is a general directive to all of us but I truly resent being told to “educate myself” and to “do the work” by someone who knows nothing about me!
Also glad to see that your yarn sold out in a hurry Maria, even though by the time I got to your website all that gorgeous yellow fluffy mohair was sold out. (Please make more.) However, I bought some woolly goodness from Kate Davies. And I will continue to support people who refuse to be bullied in this bizarre version of “inclusion”.