Just Tell Them “Go F*ck Yourselves!”


Today’s post is not a parody. This yarn comes to you from inside the racist world of Competitive Knitting:

A Witch-Hunt on Instagram

“Knitting is just so white. Let’s hope it gets better.” I overheard this puzzling remark in my local yarn store in Edinburgh, Scotland, last week. The store is in the affluent area of Marchmont, just outside the city centre. Its Edwardian and Victorian tenement flats, adjacent to huge green spaces, are popular with students and families alike. Two customers were chatting to the store owner: “It’s about time we had the conversation,” one of them offered. Her companion nodded in solemn agreement.

Knitting, which helps lower the blood pressure and keep the mind busy, has enjoyed an upsurge in popularity in recent years. The Internet has allowed for the proliferation of new platforms from which to buy yarn and patterns, and has helped connect artisans and hobbyists worldwide. Usually, it’s a calming and creative pastime focussed on aesthetics rather than politics. However, a short browse through the knitting posts on Instagram steered me in the direction of the source of the exchange I had overhead and the “conversation” it had produced.

On January 7, Karen Templer, a knitting designer and owner of the online store Fringe Association, published an innocuous blog post on her website entitled “2019: My Year of Colour,” in which she enthused about her forthcoming trip to India. To most observers, Templer’s post will read like a guileless account of her hopes and aspirations for her upcoming travels:

I’ve wanted to go to India for as long as I can remember. I’ve a lifelong obsession with the literature and history of the continent. Photos of India fill me with longing like no other place. One of my closest friends [when I was 12] and her family had offered back then that if I ever wanted to go with them on one of their trips, I could. To a suburban midwestern teenager with a severe anxiety disorder, that was like being offered a seat on a flight to Mars. … Then about six weeks ago, the opportunity presented itself—a chance to go with a friend who’s been. … I said yes. And I felt like the top of my head was going to fly off, I was so indescribably excited. Within 48 hours, three of those friends of mine who are so much better travelers than me—but who are all equally humbled at the idea of actually going to India—also said yes. There has hardly been a single day since that I haven’t said in disbelief, either in my head or out loud, I’m going to India.

And what on earth could be wrong with any of that? Rather a lot, it turns out. After a series of encouraging posts from well-wishers, the comment thread took an aggressively inquisitorial turn. Templer’s previous posts had typically garnered between three and 30 comments, but “My Year of Color” has 197 at the time of writing.

One of the first people to attack Templer was a user named Alex J. Klein who wrote:

Karen, I’d ask you to re-read what you wrote and think about how your words feed into a colonial/imperialist mindset toward India and other non-Western countries. Multiple times you compare the idea of going to India to the idea of going to another planet—how do you think a person from India would feel to hear that?

Templer politely explained that Mars and India both felt unattainable to her as a child. This comparison did not strike her as imperialist, but she promised to give the matter some thought. “I have had responses from several Indian friends and readers today,” she added, “who had nothing but positive and encouraging responses. I’ll have to see if anything I said offended them.” Evidently unimpressed, Klein retorted:

Instead of asking your Indian friends to perform more emotional labor for you and assuage your white women’s tears, maybe do some reflection on how your equation of India with an alien world reinforces an “other” mindset that is at the core of imperialism and colonialism.

“I want to say this gently,” a comment from a user identified only as Sarah began, “because I can tell your intent is to share your personal evolution and celebrate facing your fear of the unknown, and that’s great. I just need to point out that there’s a lot of “othering” happening in this post.” She went on to explain that, “Your post upset some of my friends who aren’t white [and] who didn’t grow up in America,” and advised Templer to engage in “a little more reflection before you equate India with Mars.”

In an ominous development, previously supportive commenters now began to turn against Templer. Marie Carter, who had originally written, ”You are even more inspiring than I thought,” seemed to have had a change of mind three days later, and returned to correct herself:

I have read through the entire post again, and I am ashamed to say that I failed to consider the impact of this post on all of us non-white people. I skipped over the offensive parts because this space is so important to my well being [sic]. But my heart hurts and I won’t be able to live with myself unless I acknowledge the pain to me and others like me of the words used. I am no longer going to say nothing.

“Same here,” replied “Liz n.” (a “biracial POC”) a day later.

On and on it went. Templer patiently fielded these criticisms as best she could, but her inquisitors were not satisfied. “It is really disappointing,” announced Joey, “to see your defensive and dismissive responses to the two thoughtful posts that point out some of the problematic aspects of your writing. As white person to another white person, we NEED to take feedback with respect and integrity. … Instead of your “year of color” being about wearing brighter clothing, why don’t you make 2019 investing in contributing to people of color, buying their art, listening to their podcasts, following them, contributing money to them, buying literature written by POC.”

Comments like these set off a wave of critical voices across knitting communities on sites like Ravelry.com, the biggest source of online knitting patterns by independent designers from around the world and the home of many knitting chat forums. Most of the criticism amounted to sharing words written by knitting activists @su.krita and @thecolormustard, who posted “educational” content on their profiles for others to circulate. 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.” Su.krita also warned her white knitter friends that if they stayed silent and didn’t speak up against racism then they would be considered “part of the problem.”

For anyone unfamiliar with the jargon of contemporary anti-racism, the criticism of Templer reflects the movement’s more general critique of Western society. Overt racism, which anyone would agree is abhorrent, is not their main focus; rather, they are preoccupied with identifying subtle, implicit, and often unconscious manifestations of bias which, by their nature, are almost impossible to refute. In this fraught climate, writers may be shamed as racists, irrespective of their good intentions which are held to be irrelevant. As Jonathan Haidt, the American social psychologist, observed during a recent conversation with Joe Rogan, “It doesn’t matter what the intent was, all that matters is the impact—how the person felt.” When confronted with accusations of bigotry, white people are expected to confess to their primordial sins, repent by acknowledging their racial privilege, and to resolve to “do better.” Only then may they be granted absolution by the anti-racist clergy.

As outrage spread across Instagram’s knitting community, Templer published a new post on her blog entitled “Words Matter,” in which she prostrated herself before her critics and asked for their forgiveness:

I have hurt, angered and disappointed a lot of people this week with my insensitive post about my upcoming trip to India and my handling of the response, and I am deeply sorry about it. I’ve spent the week listening hard, learning (in part about how much more I have to learn), and thinking about all of the things I can do to be more inclusive and supportive of people of color.

She reassured everyone that she was “shocked at herself” and was now reading The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison, as instructed.

If someone came at me like that I would most likely sound like Travis Bickle in my response. I wouldn’t get angry because I would assume they must be joking. That could have been a fatal mistake.

When a Social JUstice Warrior says something, xhe means it. SJW’s never joke, because THEY HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR. So if they say they are going to burn you at the stake, you better be wearing asbestos underwear.

But just because they are serious that doesn’t mean you have to take them seriously. This woman’s first mistake was engaging with them. If you are ever criticized by a SJW (online or RL) the correct response is “GO FUCK YOURSELF!”

Some of you may want to practice saying that line in a mirror before uncorking it in real life. Now if you are one of those people who just can’t say that word, or you’re at work and your employer frowns on the use of profanity, there is a still a word you can use. This word is like Kryptonite to SJW’s. If you want to totally destroy a SJW, just lower your voice so that only they can hear, lean in, and whisper, “MAGA.”

Why is it impossible to circumcise a SJW?
Because there is no end to those pricks.

SJW’s are Mother Nature’s way of saying “Keep it in your pants, son.”

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92 Responses to Just Tell Them “Go F*ck Yourselves!”

  1. votermom says:

    Just Knit Yourself!

    Can’t wait for EM to comment…

  2. elliesmom says:

    I took a break from my knitting (I’m at the thumb on a pair of gloves), and dropped in to see what’s going on in the world. I’ve been a member of Ravelry pretty much from the beginning. When I joined, it was still a project a guy was doing to help his wife keep track of her supplies and buy and sell her yarn. There was a group called the “Bitter Knitters”, which did refer back to an insult from Hillary’s 2008 campaign, but even that group wasn’t political. One of the most fun groups to belong to was for people who wanted to copy things they saw in movies or TV shows. Two big ones were Bella’s gloves from “Twilight” and Snow White’s baby blanket from “Once Upon a Time”. It was my niece’s request for Bella’s mittens that made me learn to knit in more serious way, Ravelry was a place I could go online when I wanted some virtual company that was as apolitical as it ever gets. Eventually, I found an online group at Ravelry for a yarn shop near my house, and my knitting friends became irl ones.

    I still use the database features of Ravelry, look for patterns, and get reviews of yarns that are new to me. My favorite yarn shop has closed its doors, and so its Ravelry group is gone, too, and I haven’t looked for a new “knitting home” online. In a way, I’m glad I don’t participate in any of the social groups. I don’t need to be angry at SJWs for spoiling more than they already have. What possible purpose does ruining someone’s excitement over visiting a new place serve? If India didn’t present new and different experiences for a traveler, why go there? I’m over being angry at the folks on left. Now I’ve moved on to sad.

  3. Mothy67 says:

    Fuck off would have been my response.

    • Constance says:

      Or make a face like you smell dog crap and say “I don’t need your non-stop negative vibes”. Then walk away.

  4. lateblum says:

    Utterly preposterous! If someone came after me like this. They wouldn’t get far. I’ve been called a racist since 2007 when I declared obama a fraud. I sat a mere 50 feet from him at a town hall where he dodged question after question as he declared himself a fresh voice that would never be heard because he was “only a freshman senator”.
    When I get called a racist, I laugh(now) rather than try to either debate them or find out what they mean. Because I know who I am and I don’t particularly care what they think (especially when they don’t even know me).
    I am unlikely to say GFY because I don’t usually use that language except online.
    Oops! It’s late here. I gotta go.
    BBL

    • elliesmom says:

      What makes me sad is that my knitting and sewing online worlds have been places where no one gets called racist. There’s more racial diversity in the sewing online world than in my knitting online world, but until this crap started, I hadn’t really thought about it. Yarn is available for sale all over the place. I just assume that people who want to knit, sew, or crochet will if they want to. I don’t know where the racial component of knit one, purl one enters in. I have more southern online sewing friends than knitting ones, but I’ve always assumed it’s because there’s not as big a demand for scarves, hats, and mittens in Florida as there is in Maine or Minnesota. But if it’s racist to think India is different from Pittsburgh, is it also racist to believe someone who grew up in Alaska might find Puerto Rico a bit exotic?

      • votermom says:

        knitting is obviously more traditional and useful in colder countries, while crochet & lace making probably got spread by Spain across Latin Americai
        weaving of course is everywhere

        making any of it racist is truly enraging
        ugh

        • mothy2017 says:

          Ugh has become my favorite word since the election. I no longer have the fuel to argue. My response to everything is now Ugh. I think it would make a great title for a sitcom. Main character trapped in a woke world.

  5. 1539days says:

    If you don’t want to use the F word, “Every time you demonize Whiteness, another person votes for Trump” would make their head explode.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    YEP!

    Thanks to President @realDonaldTrump’s strong leadership the ISIS caliphate – once the size of the UK – is now down to “their last scrap of territory as US-backed fighters prepare to move in”https://t.co/HM4UTEqAlI— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 9, 2019

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  7. John Denney says:

    We’re supposed to celebrate diversity, but diversity requires “otherness”.

    Heads, I win; tails, you lose.

  8. John Denney says:

    “Why, bless your heart! I had never thought of that! Have a nice day!”

  9. Dora says:

    Here comes Cuomo messing around again. In my district Peter King runs on both the republican and conservative lines. It’s always been that way. If he can no longer run on 2 lines, I suppose another candidate’s name will have to be placed there. It will have an effect, for sure.

    =======

    What Is Fusion Voting And Why Is Cuomo Allegedly Trying To Kill It?

    On Monday, the New York State Democratic Party, an entity largely controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, voted to endorse a radical reshaping New York election law.

    http://gothamist.com/2019/03/08/fusion_voting_cuomo_wfp.php

    • DandyTIger says:

      There’s been a big effort to devise different voting systems that will guarantee liberal dominance throughout the country. As people noticed the peasants weren’t voting correctly, they started efforts to get around that problem.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Slowly change things so that slowly over time, liberals completely take over. It’s the slow cooking approach to avoid civil war.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Out here in Big Smoggy, Democrats decided they were satisfied with 70/30 or even 80/20 dominance. They want 100% of all the seats. And when they get that they’ll start working on getting 100% of the votes. It’s gonna be like Demolition Man where all the restaurants will be Taco Bell. All the parties will be Democrats.

    • 1539days says:

      New York has surprisingly strong third parties. The Conservative Party has been on the third line of a NY ballot many times and even garnered 20% of the vote in the 1990 governor’s contest.

      Apparently, Cuomo wants to crush the Working Families Party because Cynthia Nixon ran against him on that line. By not running a candidate on multiple lines, smaller parties will get a smaller share of the vote. I’ve voted for a Republican candidate on the Conservative line a few times, which moves that party higher up on the ballot the next time. Of course, the Democrats are so liberal now that people like AOC are going to fight against this and it probably won’t pass the state legislature.

      • DeniseVB says:

        California’s Jungle Politics are just as bad where everybody runs on the same ticket in the primary and top two go to the general in Nov. Could be two Dems or two Gops or one of each.

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  12. Anthony says:

    Jesus Christ, you can’t even knit now without some douchebag turning it into some racist bullshit? Or express your delight at the opportunity to visit somewhere you always dreamed of visiting??

    You’re right. “Go fuck your woke knitting asses” is the only appropriate response.

    • taw46 says:

      The list grows longer everyday of all we must avoid —- because raacist! Getting tiresome.

    • swanspirit says:

      These people are nothing more than small time bullies, throwing their weight around. Who gives a flying fuck in a rolling donut about a metaphor about mars, and makes into something it never was? It’s so stupid, it’s beyond belief. Who appointed this person spokesperson for the country of India? Isn’t she appropriating another culture.
      I agree, tell this ahole GFY, with a knitting needle.

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  14. taw46 says:

    How sweet is he!

  15. taw46 says:

    How sweet is he!

  16. Mothy67 says:

    Madman

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’ve been a fan of Ann’s for years, I think she enjoys playing Devil’s Advocate. Like the male version of Bill Maher, so I ignore both these days. 😀

      • John Denney says:

        Her book, “Treason” turned me on to Whittaker Chambers’ most excellent book, “Witness”.

        Her book, “Demonic” gave great insights into the difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution, and how the same holds true today between Conservatives and Leftists. Specifically, reason vs. passionate emotion.

  17. Venus E. Lee says:

    This lunacy has to end.

  18. votermom says:

    KTY gave me a scare tonight – threw up, got upset, then her hands and feet started freezing up as if she was having a seizure. Then she told me her mouth and tongue was going numb so I called 911.
    By the time the ambulance came she seemed ok. They think it was hyperventilating because throwing up nade her upset.
    More throwing up at hospital- seems to be a stomach bug.
    Glad it was just an overreaction on my part , not looking forward to the hospital bill.

  19. DandyTIger says:

    Troll Level: Master — Rapper briefly identifies as female, smashes weight lifting records, then re-identifies as male.

    https://tribunist.com/news/rapper-briefly-identifies-as-female-smashes-female-lifting-records-then-re-identifies-as-male/

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  21. Mothy67 says:

    Debra Messing has jumped the shark

  22. taw46 says:

  23. Dora says:

    Now they are after the churches. Hubby and I spent hours inside Saint Denis, visiting the Royal Crypts and admiring the beautiful stained glass windows. I was upset when I read about the vandalism.

    Who could have done something like this? Oh Lord, what a stupid question. Everybody knows who did it.

    =====

    Christian Basilica in Paris No-Go Suburbs Heavily Vandalised

    The over 800-year-old Basilica of Saint-Denis in France was heavily vandalised this week, with vandals smashing stained glass windows and severely damaging the nearly 200-year-old organ.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/03/09/basilica-paris-no-go-suburbs-heavily-vandalised/

    • taw46 says:

      “The acts of vandalism are just the latest to affect a Christian place of worship in France. Last month the country saw nine churches desecrated and vandalised in only eleven days with tabernacles overthrown, fires lit, and in one case in Nîmes, faeces smeared on the walls.”

      And still they do nothing. This makes me ill. I guess France is ok with their history being destroyed. Where is the public outcry?

    • Anthony says:

      Brings to mind those amazing ancient Buddhas that were blasted off the mountainside by the Taliban. This saddens me. Saint Denis is one of the more magical locations in all of France. Steeped in history, beautifully preserved art and craftsmanship.

      • Dora says:

        I was shocked when they blew up those Buddhas. It was total destruction.

        I kept wondering how anyone could do something like that. Little did I know that that was only the beginning of what we were going to see.

    • mothy2017 says:

      Has there ever been a time or place in which the religion of pieces has lived in harmony with others?

  24. Dora says:

    Be careful when you are changing your clock.

  25. taw46 says:

    • Anthony says:

      Anybody here see this? Any thoughts?

      • Mothy67 says:

        Posted by someone (?)the other day. Don’t think anyone here ever believed she is her own invention.

      • cynic says:

        Thanks for the link. These days, I don’t normally have the time to sit down and watch something for more than a few minutes. I’m so glad that I watched the whole thing. We need to wake up and see what’s happening.

        It probably been going on for some time now, and what we’ve always thought about Obama.
        …”Emil Jones Jr., a powerful Democrat majority leader, recognized Obama’s potential for higher office. Jones called his old friend Cliff Kelly, a former Chicago alderman and then popular black call-in radio personality, bragging “Cliff, I’m gonna make me a U.S. Senator.” He then helped accomplish this by appointing Obama sponsor of virtually all high-profile legislation, angering many of the more senior rank-and-file senators in the process.”
        https://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2011/11/02/obama-kick-back-cronyism-part-2-illinois-health-and-human-disservices/#66f3398eecb1

        Obama was great at reading a teleprompter, and ValJar was his handler.

        • swanspirit says:

          That is really exactly what happened with Obama, he was “made”. SIX is even worse. Her handlers chose her from hundreds of people app!ting for the position, and then just fit her into the script.

      • Constance says:

        I believe this of all the little brown women in the House and it sickens me. One of the arguments used against giving women the vote and keeping us out of politics is that women would turn their authority over to men who were unelectable and be used as puppets. The implication was this would be something women couldn’t help and that they would be unknowingly taken advantage of. But these women actually stood up and volunteered to be used as puppets. You can be sure the people controlling them are not women. The reason I see this is because these women exhibit the submissive body language that controlling men find attractive, head wagging, question talking, little girl voice tones, and they are being packaged in a way that appeals to men who advertise in “women’s magazines” however these men do not realize that other people, women in particular, find it “off” and inauthentic on a primal level. These little brown women are the latest iteration of “leaders among women as chosen by men” Look hard enough, you will find the male puppet masters behind them all. Candace Owens also has pointed out that AOC is acting little girl and appears puppet. BTW Candace is not a puppet it is evident in her body language and the fact that she can immediately answer questions without stalling for input by her puppet master.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      This is not the first freeze frame to play a video that shows that horror with her tongue sticking out like a lizard on the prowl for dinner or a mate.

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  26. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, Facebook LIVE ! It’s my pet peeve too, Vic nails it.

  27. taw46 says:

    • Constance says:

      Climate change is what Democrats would rather talk about. We need to talk about how Social Security and Medicare will run out faster because of all the millions of non citizens who will live off of these programs.

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  29. 1539days says:

    Grammar lesson

  30. Dora says:

    These people are starting to make me sick.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Or enter buildings in swampland. Or buy wine. Or purchase those decongestants they now have in secure lockup behind the pharmacy counter. Or pick up theatre tickets (that also require the charge card used). . Or going for a doctors appointment that now also require you complete numerous forms asking nosy questions that are one of he governments business.

    • lateblum says:

      Try getting admitted to the hospital or flying to another destination…

  31. Anthony says:

    The bad news: ‘Bikini Barista’ coffee shop in California has license revoked after city council deems outfits too revealing

    The good news: You can still shit on the sidewalks

    https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/bikini-barista-coffee-shop-in-california-has-license-revoked-after-city-council-deems-outfits-too-revealing.amp?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR2O_mVi5okRmlXnMOCKCYyKR-ty-fPoxHqpHG1Jy57l6EsNm4EoYWrc9sg

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  33. John Denney says:

    AOC actually talks about creating wealth!

    It’s a crock, but all least she uses those words:

    “One of the keys to dismantling fear is dismantling a zero-sum mentality,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “It means the rejection outright of the logic that says someone else’s gain necessitates my loss and that my gain must necessitate someone’s loss. We can give without a take. We’re viewing progress as a loss instead of as an investment. When we choose to invest in our system, we are choosing to create wealth. When we all invest in them, then the wealth is for all of us too.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-slams-moderates-as-meh-at-sxsw-criticizes-americas-treatment-of-minorities

    • 1539days says:

      Uh-oh. Sounds like she’s getting media training. It’s just another way of saying that paying taxes gets you more than you put in. That only works for the free market, where someone doesn’t take your money by force of government.

    • Constance says:

      Invest is a favorite Democrat word.

    • Cisco says:

      “Socialism is the philosophy of failures the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
      Sir Winston S. Churchill.
      As for AOC, all I hear is jabberwocky.

    • John Denney says:

      The Constitution enumerates some areas of investment for “the common welfare”. Things like a patent office, copyrights, post roads, . . .

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