Popular fiber crafting website Ravelry released a statement in June 2019 stating that they were “banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.” Additionally, “We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”
I do understand how this stance is difficult for some, particularly those Trump supporters who do not view themselves as in support of white supremacy. They support some of his policies, but not all. An understandable position that most of us face when selecting political figures and parties. Trumps negativity and support, or at least tolerance, of hate groups, does not allow for support of any of his more “reasonable” policies. (BTW, how any working class American can support a gold tower living billionaire who has lost millions and shafted small business left and right is beyond me.)
I, myself, have never been a fan of Trump as a politician. I hold the, apparently odd, belief that my politicians, those people making decisions over rules and laws of our country, should be better than I am. I want them smarter, more ethical, more understanding. Trump is none of those things. And even barring everything and anything he did pre-running for the presidency, my breaking point came when he mocked a disabled reporter. His policies, his boastful and ignorant tweets, his continued actions, to my view, show he has not grown into his position nor learned from any mistakes.
So while Ravelry could have been more moderate in their stance, banning only hate speech or banning all negative commentary, including anti-Trump language, it is their house their rules.
And to speak to a comment I saw on a YouTube video in support of the “wave” of people leaving Rav about a Ravelry rep saying “I knew you used acrylic,” that comment was from a yarn snob not affiliated with Raverly. Besides, plenty of people who prefer natural fibers and nice yarn can and do acknowledge that acrylic has its place both in the use category and in the socio-economic category.