On Speaking Out

Originally published on Facebook June 16, 2020.

During 2019 and 2020, the SCA was going through a particularly difficult existential crisis related to the Covid19 pandemic, which closed down all in-person activities, and a series of prejudiced and bigoted acts by well-known members of the SCA that prompted backlashes and outcry against the backdrop of the 2020 Election and the depredations of the Trump Administration. A chain letter started circulating, posted and/or signed by Peers who stood against this, but as often happens, the interpretation of this crossed over from “I support this, so I signed it” to “Hey, you haven’t signed this, why don’t you support it”. While I recognize that Silence supports the Oppressor, I felt it was important to make it clear that not everyone is in a position to speak up, and because Facebook gonna Facebook, not everyone is going to see every post. This post came from that feeling.

I have been gratified to see many MidRealm Peers (and Peers from other kingdoms) making a statement rejecting bigotry, homophobia, sexism, racism, and prejudice. It makes me happy that so many of our leaders are ready to step up. When a bigot comes to an event and sees a dozen knights, for example, wearing rainbow chains, that’s not just words; that’s a strong statement and action.

I do want to point out, however, that just because a Peer does not post the statement on their Facebook wall, that does not mean that they do not agree with it. Some people are posting their own statements. Some people are reluctant standing up in front of a group of people they may not feel they know particularly well and saying, “this is what I believe.” And some people take their oaths very seriously but consider them to be a private matter and are willing to discuss them as individuals.

And in some cases, you may not see a peer make the statement because FB algorithms are wonky, and it never shows up on your feed.

There are even that rare person who… isn’t -on- Facebook. <GASP!> I know, I know, but it does happen. 

All of which is to point out that if you have a question, it’s best to ask, and if you are uncomfortable asking, ask a Peer you know to help you out.

Like me.

I am Andreas Blacwode. I am a Peer of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and in all things, I stand for Justice and the Inherent Dignity of all Humans, and if you don’t know that by now, another statement isn’t going to change your mind.

My goal, my intent, and my personal obligation is to help all people – and especially people in the SCA – achieve that Justice and Inherent Dignity. I reject Intolerance and the ideologies of Intolerance. I stand for Inclusion, and Equity, and Diversity.

I stand with all of my fellow Peers who have made the statement, and all those who have not, but agree with it nonetheless.

If you need help, if you want to ask a sensitive question, if you are looking for information, or education, or direction, or assistance, I am here. I will put my privilege to your purpose. I will labor with you as you figure things out. My email is baronandreas AT midrealm DOT org and my DMs are always open.

I believe that my Oath of Fealty demands all of this. It is the duty of the Honest Minister.

Magister Andreas Blacwode, OP