Racism, overt and subtle, in the fiber community.

Yes, today is two-post day. Sometimes I just cannot STFU.

There has been an ongoing conversation for the past few weeks on social media — I followed it on Instagram — about the racism in, or more specifically, the non-welcoming nature of, the fiber community to BIPOC. It all started from a problematic post by Karen Templar on her Fringe Association blog.  Casey started a thread on Ravelry that has links to that post plus many of the original, eloquent IG posts by POC.

I can recognize my own racism, and I can speak out when I see it happening elsewhere, but that is not enough, so I am sharing this list of readings put forth in the Washington Post The Daily 202 email. The writer “…reached out on Sunday [2/10/2019] to some of the nation’s preeminent historians to ask if they would recommend a title or two for [embattled Virginia governor Ralph] Northam. Several happen to live in the commonwealth.” That last sentence explains why it may seem that the list focuses on Virginia.

Here is the massive list, sorted by Goodreads ratings (# of out of a possible 5). It seems to me that everyone ought to read at least one of these; I am ashamed to say I have read none. I have bolded the ones written by black authors; it seems to me that those might be the most authentic.

Missing from the list are works by Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Frantz Fanon, Steven Biko, and other well-known black authors, probably because the WaPo writer asked historians for their recommendations.


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8 Responses to Racism, overt and subtle, in the fiber community.

  1. Kat, What a great list!! I want to read Michelle Obama’s book. I will email you

  2. k says:

    An article titled “White Fragility” by Robin D’Angelo is here: https://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/viewFile/249/116
    Thanks for the list. Shockingly, my library has Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book. I’ll pick that up when we are dug out.
    I tend to keep my mouth shut in discussions like this, because; I’m white and I’m stupid, and I’m pretty sure I have nothing worthwhile to say. I’m glad this discussion is happening. I’m sorry people get treated like this.

  3. k says:

    Notes on the state of Virginia by jefferson here:
    I haven’t gotten far in it.

  4. gayle says:

    Thanks for this list! I’m madly making notes here!
    I can recommend “So you want to talk about race” by Ijeoma Oluo – very practical and thought-provoking. I’m currently listening to James Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son” and have a couple of his novels cued up for next. I can see a bunch of titles here that I’m going to add to my library list.
    (I didn’t know about the Rav stuff, but racism has been weighing heavy on my mind lately. My dad is trapped in the horrors of conservative media. I’m absolutely appalled by what comes out of those people’s mouths.)

  5. Silvernfire says:

    Yay: recommended reading list! A friend recommends _Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?_; I haven’t read it myself. At 187 pages, _White Fragility_ is a quick read, if you need one of those. Layla F. Saad’s _Me and White Supremacy_ may be of interest to anyone who’d like to wrestle with these issues via a workbook and journaling (Google it for the link to the download).

  6. Carole Julius says:

    I have read a few from that list, including White Fragility most recently. Dale highly recommends Race and Reunion, he actually has a signed copy of that one since he met the author a few years ago. We can do so much better than we’re doing and I think the first step is educating ourselves by reading books like the ones on this list.

  7. Kat says:

    I have been working through Layla Saad’s workbook Me and White Supremacy. It has been an eye opening experience. I have read several of these books, and am on the wait list for others. It is a long overdue topic of discussion. Thank you for the list of books!

  8. Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this
    information together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

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