As with the #sewincolour campaign, I’m welcoming the conversations going on right now in the crafting community about white privilege and always want to learn how I can be more mindful of language. Lots of points made have really struck a chord with me:
- white people can go along in our lives not seeing what is going on around us the lives of POC. But they see us and what we say everyday;
- we have the privilege of being able to stay silent and not talk about these things - for whatever reason we choose to come up with - we don’t want to offend, we don’t want to say the wrong thing, we simply don’t know that what is being said is offensive.
- but until we start to talk, to join the discussion, until we engage in the dialogue, we can’t truly be part of the change.
- white people also have the privilege of being able to say “let’s keep this civil, it’s only a hobby”. No. Just no. Stop already. Silencing this just keeps it bubbling under the surface so that you don’t have to face it. So talk about it instead. Be a better you.
I love hearing from other points of view and readings things that can educate and make us all better people. Like the @knittingmonk said - our souls are being saved in the process. Thanks to @su.krita @thecolormustard @ocean_bythesea and others who have brought this to the forefront. Keep it up.
I already follow #pocwhosew and #colorfulsewl which has introduced me to so many fantastic people, but there is a new hashtag which @thebrightblooms has got started which is #inclusivemaker
Be part of the change 😊