Friday, December 18, 2009

not alone

yeah, so i thought i was the only one annoyed by "knitta, please." By annoyed, I mean a near-instant cringe. apparently not. it's not a clever play on words, it's at best thoughtless. And like most racist things is declared to not be racist by the sayer.



Alexis L. of One Grand Home said...

Thankfully, you are not alone and many people have expressed their strong feelings about this punny racism. You may be interested to know that the founder of Knitta, Please has responded by asserting that the group name is a play on a slur about on her own ethnicity--she describes herself as "Arabic American". Her statement is on my blog here:

Hybrid Hopes said...

I did see that.

"I have been on the receiving end of the word you refer to but with sand at the beginning"
which is unfortunate, and racist on the part of whoever said it.

"so it was with great consideration when I chose the name for my collective."
i could be more okay with this if they tried to subvert racism with the "tagging" but it's just... it doesn't attempt that at all, the group/collective doesn't seem to do that as a group/collective.

"with great consideration" apparently didn't = consideration of all factors.

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