Ravelry is Right

Earlier today ravelry made a change to their terms of service. They are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on ravelry. They say support for this administration is support for white supremacy, and that they will not allow support for white supremacy in their space.

They are absolutely right to make this change.

The people who run ravelry have always worked tremendously hard to create a space that is safe and inclusive and welcoming.  They  have done an outstanding job at what seems like an ever more impossible task.  They are, without doubt, some of the kindest, most thoughtful, and most moral people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know or work with.

I am delighted they have made this change and amazed by their bravery and grace.

This isn’t a decision that they made lightly. It isn’t a decision without risk.  There are an alarming number of people who gleefully express their racist feelings proudly and publicly.  Those people don’t take kindly to being told that they can no longer behave that way on ravelry, and they will doubtless express their displeasure with this change.  But for the rest of us, for those of us who want to be part of a caring and compassionate community, this is a welcome change.

I admire ravelry for taking a stand.  I hope it encourages everyone who hears about it to look for the places that they can do the same.