[sca-comments] Current political unrest within the SCA

John St. Dennis jstdennis at director.sca.org
Fri Oct 2 11:17:09 CDT 2020


Good morning all,

TS – Thursday was your day, has any kind of reply to April been made?

I noticed when I did a reply all here that original email address for Gigi is not valid.   Have put her on distribution at this point.

Thanks – John / Lorcan

From: April Broadway <ajanel25 at gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:35 AM
To: Craig Carter <ccarter at director.sca.org>; John St. Dennis <jstdennis at director.sca.org>; Kelly Magill <communications at sca.org>; Dan Watson <dwatson at director.sca.org>; gcoulsen at director.sca.org; Natalie Degerstrom <ndegerstrom at director.sca.org>; sca-comments <sca-comments at lists.sca.org>; TS Morgan <tmorgan at director.sca.org>
Subject: Current political unrest within the SCA

To whom it may concern,

I have decided to take it upon myself to speak up for a large group of people who have concerns about how things are progressing within the SCA. There seems to be a great deal of tension between those few who regard themselves as Progressive and politically aware and the rest of the participants in the Society who are also aware yet respectfully leave their politics at the door.

It is my hope to impress upon you the fact that every day we have more and more people being harassed and ostracized over their personal and public posts on social media.  I have personally witnessed members of the populace attack other members over their social media posts, and I don’t see this as an appropriate, honorable, or a chivalric way for someone in the Society to comport themselves, especially online where there is an implied level of anonymity behind which the aggressor may hide.

For approximately 45 years, the Society flourished by giving all newcomers the universal admonition to keep modern politics and religion out of the game. More recently, and especially since Donald Trump took office, the aforementioned group of players have grown more open and bold with their abuse of other players with whom they do not agree.
Indeed, there seems to be little justice for members who get harassed and subjected to ad hominem attacks when it comes to being a Republican, a Trump supporter, a conservative, or a Christian.

I have always been under the impression that the SCA does not engage in these aspects of the modern world and ostracizing players for their personal beliefs or convictions in the modern world has strictly been taboo. It is alarming to see that over the last few years, when this subject has been brought to the attention of the governing body of our Society, the answers we get feel like they are long on excuse and short on results, they are placid at best. As a result, there is a large portion of the Society who no longer feel safe or even welcome in the game and are being pushed out by progressive players. These progressive players have taken it upon themselves to be the SCA police with no repercussion to their unfounded accusations or actions towards other members.

Lately, it seems as though the governing members of the Society are condoning the actions taken by the extreme-left leaning members of our Society. Peers are pressuring their students to either support BLM or risk losing the support they need to gain the next level of achievement in the Society, or worse still, losing their place within their SCA family.

I have seen with my own eyes Peers terminating their protégés and apprentices for a difference of political opinion and stating that while they respect that person they can no longer be associated with them because they voiced their opinions on Facebook, of all places. This is appalling, we have members of Royalty who are being held accountable for the actions of these protagonists, and while some Royals may condone this action, their are also some who feel at a total loss as to what they should do in these perilous times. I myself have seen first hand what kind of derision the populace can cause within itself when factions form. I, and many others like me, feel that this is extremely inappropriate behavior which will likely see the demise of our beloved game.

Facebook and other social media outlets like Reddit have opened up a free for all platform within the members of the SCA to be as toxic as humanly possible, with the remaining players trying to pick up the pieces and make the SCA whole again. This is both due to the ready availability and the relative anonymity it provides. This situation has reached a point where some players have experienced Doxxing by other players. When these doxxed players try to bring these accusing players to some kind of justice within the Society, they are bullied, bashed, and belittled.

I would like to suggest that this no longer be an acceptable behavior and that doxxing be a punishable offense.  There is now a stigma towards the heavy fighting community with assumptions that they are somehow responsible for a majority of the racism and white prejudice in our society which also needs to be clearly addressed.

We have had landed Barons using their position to speak out about ridding themselves of conservatives, and with that came the follow up of another suggesting the theft of Knights chains to melt down into political movement paraphernalia.

We have DEI officers encouraging the populace to get involved with political movement groups and Black Mamas Bailout fund on official forums which in itself isn’t wrong but these are issues that should be applied to your personal life outside of the SCA not pressured to the populace through the pulpits of Barons, Peers and Royals.

Activities such as what I have mentioned above, in my opinion, are inappropriate for official gatherings and discussion topics of meeting minutes.  These topics further the division that is currently taking hold of our society. The SCA has always stood for   Chivalry, Honor, and Integrity and yet somehow we’ve gone astray and now revere virtue signaling and political activism.

The time has come to end this hunt against those of differencing opinions and the only way I can see this happening is to start bringing punitive actions against those people who engage in such activities. As such, I am calling on you, the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism to reinforce our rules of engagement and help the general populous regain peace and acceptance from the people who feel these activities are unacceptable.  If no change occurs you will continue to see membership decline and lower turn out at events. With a slow death to a once beautiful society.

I thankfully submit these issues to your Board of Directors for deliberation.

With regards and in service to the dream,

April Broadway - Countess Brithwynn Artur - Trimaris


Signed,

Abbatissa McCavig -calontir
Lady Ansetrude Rhodebeortsdoghter-AnTir
Lady Melinda Jolisyeux
THL Bronwen O’Neill -Gleann Abhann
Katherine of South Downs- Meridies
Sir Russian Igrovovich Voronov -Aethrlmearc
THL Felicia of the True Layne
Ogier De Corneille-Calontir
Bryan Eogen Steelewoulfe- Trimaris
Lady Marie McPherson-Trimaris
Olaf Ormsson- Meridies
His Excellency Robert DeTyrTHL Helena De Navarra -Gleann Abhann
His Excellency Franco D’Orsi -Trimaris
Sir Solen Trainezov-Trimaris
Lord Tristan Pelletier- Meridies
Duke Baldar Langstrider-Trimaris
Rebecca Coleman- MidRealm
Baroness Helena du Brouillard de Matin
Mistress Juliana Foxcroft -Calontir
Micheal Goodman
Tiberius Aurelius Magnus
HL Owen MacPherson-Trimaris
HL Johann Wolfgang Von Aue-Ansteorra
Baron Azeris Del Aragon KSCA -Trimaris
Sir Agnus Macknochard CSS, KSCA
Sophia of Northkeep
Cormac Tobin-Atlantis
Mike Johnson
Lidia Allen
Auriana Maria Ravenstein -Gleann Abhann
John Montgomery Duke John the Tall KSCA, Ord Laurel Ord Defense-Gleann Abhann
THL Michelle of Harris upon York -Artemisia
Katerina filia Jehan -Meridies
Countess Una Olfuss-Atlantia
His Excellency Derek MacTaggart -Trimaris
Duke Thorsten Inn Rollosson -The wrong hand
Sir Alexander Brighthelmston- Meridies
Master Hanashi No Kagemoto -Calontir
David Stotts-Gleann Abhann
Oliver Mordrake-Outlands
Devia Bowes Eva Collete Devereaux-Ansteorra
Ingelri Kelvin - Meridies KSCA
Ming the Merciless - MeridieS
Callor Waller- Calontir
Lord Osvifer Asplund at Oreosund -Calontir
Rwsa Georgette- Ansteorra
Ulric Rayson von Aahus -wealdsmere
Hans Durrmast Von der Wanderlust- AnTir
Ivan Michael
Andrew Knight- Trimaris
Grimr Askmodr
Genivieve Au Lyonesse
HL Steinbjorn Tros - AnTir
Arnora Karlsdottir- Meridies
Erik Palsson- Meridies
John Transue
Egil Haraldsson
Baronne Arianne de Châteaumichel.


***P.S.****** please see the signatures attached they were taken in confidence and would like to remain so due to fear of retribution from local group participants who differ in belief and opinion**************

No names are to be given to any kingdom officers. They must remain secure and confidential with the SCA directors only.




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