CFI Board: You Owe Me An Apology
Note: This blog post was originally written for the CFI On Campus blog, however because I didn’t want to put any of the people who run the blog into an uncomfortable position, I am choosing to post it here.
I’m pissed off. I am not often pissed off. I generally turn all my pissiness inwards towards myself, and it takes a real shit storm of insult and cruelty to get me legitimately angry at another person or group of people. Oh I feel indignant about injustices fairly often, but rarely do I get this overwhelming desire to just punch things due to the boiling sensation of disgust inside me. And yet somehow the CFI Board has managed to inspire all of these feelings.
I’m not so much mad because of the stupid, inane, offensive, condescending remarks that Ron Lindsay made, or the ridiculous context he made them in, or the fact that he insulted one of my good friends in order to supposedly defend himself.
I’m not particularly upset that it took the board forever and a day to respond to the whole controversy, despite the fact that it took other organizations less than a day to respond promptly and appropriately.
No. What I’m really fairly enraged about is the fact that the CFI board pointedly ignored the opinions and positions of many of its constituents and has left us stranded with no good options. As many people have mentioned before, the opinions of the board do not reflect the opinions or actions of people like Melody Hensley, Debbie Goddard, or Sarah Kaiser. And yet despite the fact that the aforementioned people, as well as most of the volunteers, workers, writers, and members of CFI fully support women’s rights and actively work to bring about equality in the movement, apparently the board has little to no interest in the people actually involved in their organization. And that shows downright contempt for those of us who have put our hard work into making this organization good.
For those of us here on the blog, writing here was one of our biggest opportunities to get our voices heard. Many of us are just little college students trying to get a start in the movement and this was a platform that had supported us. We have good friends in Sarah Kaiser and Debbie Goddard. And now, we are all de facto left with the choice of whether we should abandon these friends and this platform or whether we should remain and by our presence be assumed to condone the actions and opinions of the board.
I am pissed off because CFI was a community that I was excited to be a part of. It was a place that I thought I could have support, clear thinking, and straight talking. I thought it was a place that I could feel comfortable and proud to put forth my voice and my ideas. And instead, I’ve had that community and safety pulled out from under me by a leadership that apparently doesn’t care that it’s ignoring the position of its employees, volunteers, and constituents, doesn’t care that it’s ignoring our work and our dedication, and doesn’t listen. It has taken advantage of those of us who work hard for it, and left us out in the cold with its spineless actions.
And so my fellow bloggers and I are left with our names on a brand we no longer support through no action of our own, after giving our time, words, and work to try to make it a brand that we could be proud of. Board members: you have done wrong by your employees, your volunteers, your writers, and your affiliates. If nothing else, you owe us an apology.