The complaint by Mr. Ian Glazer was that I called my fellow IDESG colleagues Nazi’s. He was unsatisfied with my original statement about the tweet on our public management council mailing list. Some how this led to the Ombudsman taking on the issue and after I spoke with him in Tampa it was followed by a drawn out 5 week “investigation” by the Ombudsman before he issued a recommendation. During this time I experienced intensive trolling about the matter on twitter itself.
Here is the tweet that I authored while pondering theories of organizational dynamics in Tampa and without any intent to cause an association in the mind of a reader with IDESG, NSTIC, nor any person or persons in particular note that I did not reference anyone with a @____ or add any signifying hashtags e.g., #idesg or #nstic in this tweeted comment.
I own that the tweet was provocative but it was It was not my intent to cause harm to anybody or to the IDESG organization and wider identity community.
I in no way intended to imply that any member of the IDESG has any intention remotely similar to those of the NAZI party of Germany.
I in no way intended to imply that the content of the meeting of the IDESG related to the content of the meeting I referenced in the tweet.
I am very sorry if the tweet had an emotionally negative impact on people on the management council and particularly those of with Jewish Heritage.
I fully acknowledge that referencing anything relative to the Nazi era is triggering. It touches on our collective shame and surfaces vulnerability it is very hard to look at.
I also believe that we have to actually be prepared to do so. If we don’t examine the past we can’t be sure we will not repeat it. [Please click to see my my next post for this to be further expounded upon]
I’m sorry I didn’t say something along these lines sooner.
One should not feed the internet trolls and I didn’t.
I was in a process were I felt it was inappropriate to speak about this more until the Ombudsman’s process had run its course.
I think that we all need to keep in mind our roles as Directors of the IDESG when we interact with the public and with each other.
The whole process left my and my attorney puzzled. My attorney wrote a letter to the Management Council/Board of Directors with a whole bunch of questions and now that this is posted we look forward to their answers to those questions.