So, recently I’ve been involved in a series of hate crimes due to sexual orientation. I go to a private (not Christian anymore) school where I have an incredible group of friends and even friends of friends that I don’t even hesitate to talk to about my gf or just any aspect of me that may make me “different”.
And yet this has happened. Multiple times. Res life and the campus police are currently working on finding who did these things, but it has been about five days and I have been attacked three times on social media, twice with notes on my door, and once prior directly with people talking to and about me just because of this one part of me. They don’t even know me, but this one part of me is enough for them to decide to hate me and make me feel unsafe in my dorm (I’ve been going to other people’s rooms and generally avoiding being alone).
I want this to be signalboosted because I think people don’t realize that as much as the world is changing, this is still happening at a private liberal arts college to a girl who never even guessed it would happen to her.
Hi, very angry Berry alum here, please let me know what I can do on your behalf to help you out. I’ve been sitting on a scathing letter intended for the Campus Carrier and Board of Trustees discussing what I saw/experienced/was told not to address as a student from 2006-2010 and how they’ve continued to endanger students by not addressing this campus cultural climate of hatred, but would not want to make this situation any more difficult and trying for you. At my time of writing this, other alumni have also indicated an interest in doing so as well but we’re obviously not going to proceed in anything like this without permission and full consideration of your experience and feelings about all of this.
There’s also some other advice and suggestions I’d like to pass onto you, but that info would be best discussed on a more secure platform than tumblr - you’re more than welcome to request my phone #, emails, Facebook etc. Please know you are not alone and you have the support not only of some on campus, but a sizable group of alumni who aren’t going to take this lying down. Again, I am absolutely furious that this has occurred and give you my full support regarding how you choose to proceed.
Berry is trying to solicit funds from me again tonight. Too bad I am disgracing Martha Berry by not wearing pants and drinking wine…so you know I can’t answer the phone.
Tonight will be spent reflecting on the series of panic attacks I had six years ago, also known as my freshman year of college.
Yes, I am a Christian*.
I’m speaking out (not bashing) against Chick-fil-a and Dan Cathy’s statements because of the following:
- The tone of the statement made by Mr. Cathy did not seem to reflect one of Christian love, but rather judgement of others with different opinions. I am not surprised by what he said, but rather offended by how he chose to condemn others in expressing his own opinion as if his viewpoint is morally superior.
- The statements made by Mr. Cathy erase the fact that there is widespread debate across all denominations of Christianity about same-sex marriage and the inclusion of queer people. There is no universal nor unified opinion on this. It varies denomination to denomination, church to church, person to person.
- Dan Cathy, as a Board of Trustees member at Berry College, has and continues to have a significant impact on decisions made about the college. In my personal opinion, many of the decisions made by the Board do not reflect the best interests of Berry College students, but rather seek to present a very narrowly defined concept of what a Berry College student should be. I cannot willfully support the exclusion of queer students, especially in light of the hate crimes that have occurred on campus.
Chick-Fil-A came under criticism this month after a report by the organization Equality Matters revealed that the company donated around $2 million to antigay Christian organizations in 2010. “Guilty as charged,” the fast-food chain’s president Dan Cathy said over allegations that his company is antigay (“We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.”).
So. Here we are. Tumblr, listen up.
We’re hoping to find a current or former employee of Chick-Fil-A who might want to spill the beans on life inside the alleged antigay company.
If that’s you, or you know someone who might want to talk to us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’d like to help spread the word of our search, a reblog or a tweet would be most appreciated.
This is like a gift from the sweet ghost of Martha Berry herself. Lord knows Berry College alumni and students have some stories to tell to a national audience.