As I write this, it’s been thirteen years since this episode of Cast On was released. I used the Barbara Billingsley clip from the 1980 film, Airplane, to underscore the point that, as knitters, it is our common language that unites us.
The word, “jive”, describes a dance style that originated in the 1930’s, in African American communities. In 2020, I realise that the sentiments portrayed through the use of this word in the film clip are racist. They paint black culture as something “other”. Using the term to “other” black speech belongs to a past that I don’t wish to occupy. I’m ashamed of that past, and am sorry that I included the film clip in this episode. Because black lives matter.
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