White Knitters Bad. (h/t The Other McCain)

Really, that’s the only summation that fits. Here’s the story:

  1. Knitting blogger gets excited about going to India.
  2. Other people shame her for getting excited.
  3. Brainless argument about her words ensues
  4. ?????????
  5. CONTROVERSY

And why?

Because she’s white. That’s the only thing that matters. Getting innocuously excited about a trip to India is horrid Othering and Erasing and Literally The Worst, if you’re white. The rest is frills and dressing.

Evidence of my assertion?

Instagram notes scorned Templer’s “peak whiteness,” and reminded her that “the world doesn’t owe you a patient explanation and education” and that as a “coloniser” she ought to “stay in [her] lane.

Consider that. “Peak Whiteness”. In this construction, “whiteness” is an insult. The racial identity of those born of European ancestry is an insult. Consider what that means.

Another knitter spoke up in defense of the first, and was Goody-Proctored post-haste, as is tradition.

To one of Heppell’s tweets, Dave Fraser (@discodave75) replied: “I‘d love to say I watched the whole video to make an informed decision about her, but I was blinded by her (literally) gleaming white face.”

There will come a day when this all ends. But I have my doubts that it will end with racial harmony and inclusivity. A perusal of human nature would seem to suggest otherwise.

1 Comment

  1. what it will end with is no communication between genders or races. I am really tired of ” races” . it implies that there is more than one version of being human. Like dogs. so what does that get us: a big fat zero. There is only one human race. Every one of us experience essentially the same things. Not one of us is superior to another by virtue of being. All of us are flawed but the most evil among us exploit our fears and exaggerate those flaws to promote themselves and the give themselves the illusion of superiority and power. Education is the only source of freedom for most human beings but even as we speak the race baiters are destroying that too.

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