As many of you will be aware, for the past couple months there has been a lot of conversation around racism and white supremacy within the context of particularly the knitting and slow fashion communities online, both of which have a lot of crossover into the sewing and quilting world. For some background, this article on Vox.com, "The knitting community is reckoning with racism", has done a good job of summarizing what sparked this.
I've followed the conversation closely, hearing so many stories about experiences with racism both in daily life, and specifically in craft and slow fashion spaces (both online and offline). While I can't say any of this shocked me - I know racism is far from being behind us - the personal nature of what was shared, mostly via Instagram posts and stories, really brought this to life in a way that resonated with so many people. It has been like nothing I've really seen before, as far as the reach and effectiveness of these posts - and because of that, there has been both immense support and some very disappointing and harmful backlash.