Carson (tumblr user billygoatprincess) is a former friend and ~*family*~ member of mine.
During their last serious relationship they used coercive consent, did not follow consent culture, and ignored the ‘no’s of their partners. At the time I was given a glazed-over version of what actually happened, but in July/August of this year, I was informed that they drunkenly assaulted their roommate (and ex) in the middle of the night.
I was surprised and outraged to hear this especially since they hold a position of power at a queer-oriented safe space on campus called Pride Coalition. They are currently Education Director (ironic) and was just this weekend accepted as a member of UCF’s chapter of Delta Lamba Phi. They also recently were given the honor of speaking at this past Trans* Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil.
People who are guilty of sexual assault should not be in positions of power. People who perpetrate rape/ sexual assault should NOT be rewarded with brotherhood, board member positions, or speeches.
I have taken this long to say sommat about it because I informed the administration of Pride Coalition as well as the current president of UCF’s DLP chapter of their status as a predator and was given the impression that things would be handled accordingly.
Unfortunately, politics seem to be in the way of Pride Coalition’s ability to formally remove them from the position, although I don’t know why a statement hasn’t been made.
As for DLP, they have blatantly ignored this information and chosen to dub them ‘brother’ regardless of his predator status. I’m not sure what this says about this chapter’s priorities, but it certainly isn’t the safety of those in their fraternity or other survivors of sexual assault.
With the consent of the victim, I am holding Carson Summers, UCF’s DLP chapter, and Pride Coalition accountable. These organizations did nothing to warn those who go to their events of Carson’s predator status and Carson’s response to me calling them out on their drunken assault of their ex-roommate was “I don’t care what you think of me”.
Their victim(s?) cannot attend Pride Coalition events or anything regarding queer celebration on campus because of Carson’s presence. By doing nothing Pride Coalition and DLP are condoning Carson Summers’ behavior and expressly rewarding them.
This is unacceptable and we are asking Carson to go through an accountability process.
The process will reflect THIS MODEL and most importantly we are asking that Carson step down from their position as Education Director.
We ask that Pride Coalition inform those who attend their events and hang out in Pride Commons that Carson has a history of predatory behavior as long as they hold a position with them. We also ask that as long as they hold their position that they not be allowed at events without heavy supervision.
DLP has made it clear that they have no interest in holding Carson accountable and I encourage you avoid them and any events they are a part of until they release a statement taking responsibility for their rewarding a predator (while knowing full well they are a predator).
These organizations need to establish protocol for dealing with assault perpetrators and be better equipped to help victims of assault.
If Carson Summers chooses to apologize and go through an accountability process, they can contact me (they know how) and a list will be given to them that has been approved by the survivor.
They are NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES to contact the victim.
Please share and reblog this to alert those in the queer/ college Orlando community that they might be sharing space with a predator.
I apologize for being as silent as I was. I did what I could through word of mouth, but I should know that systems tied to bureaucracy fail the people they serve all the time.
The ~*family*~ they once belonged to no longer associate with them on an interpersonal level (unless forced to on an official level).
This sort of behavior is unacceptable especially from people who claim to be a part of the social justice community. They are not my ally. They are not my friend. They are not in a position to educate anyone.
- "Classism is always ignored!"
Not like Marxism is widely known.
- "The people who put stickers on plastic costume bags are assholes!"
Stickers are easily removed. Racism is not.
- "Those poor minimum wage workers!"
Who might be minimum wage workers because of the perpetuation of racism.
- "It’s Halloween! It’s supposed to be a time where you dress as something you’re not!"
At the expense of those poc who are minimum wage workers that you seem to care about so much? At the cost of making a mockery of and perpetuating harmful systemic ideas about non-White cultures that effect their ability to attain a higher quality of life?
- "It’s a costume! You can dress however you want!"
Why not dress like someone who isn’t racist?
- "That costume is Disney’s Esmeralda! It’s not a racial stereotype!"
Esmeralda’s character is a racial stereotype. Disney doesn’t do a good job of representing their non-White characters 3 dimensionally in the first place. In addition, the people in charge of re-telling these stories are majority White men. White people can’t and shouldn’t tell poc’s stories.
- "They did it for notes!"
Yeah because being told to die repeatedly is exactly what I was aiming for.
- "This doesn’t change the company’s decision to order and sell these racist costumes."
But it does make the consumer think twice. Basic supply and demand.
- "People are going to get fired for this!"
Spirit is owned by Spencer’s and I worked for a competitor of theirs a few years ago. Spirit has a long history of treating workers poorly not for what goes on in the store with customers, but simply not providing hours or consistent schedules to their employees. Spirit Halloween has its own problems which stem from poor management. The competitor I worked for also has seasonal at-will employment policies in place. It is still incredibly hard to be fired. There are levels of management in retail- store, district, regional- and a store manager would have to discuss termination with a district manager. Final say is not with store managers, so if your full-time store mngr. is an asshole, it’s still unlikely you will be let go since it’s simply not their decision.
Like I mentioned in this post, I had a coworker who came to work high, was always late, gave up shifts because he was “sick” but then came into work to shop, did no work, never folded anything, never picked up anything, was unfriendly, and spent too much time hitting on customers. He was never fired.
- It’s also important to recognize that the targeted audience of demonstrations like this isn’t corporations. It’s the people who buy and consume their products. If something doesn’t sell well, a business will carry less. If it still doesn’t sell, they will cease to carry the product.
Even more importantly, you have to recognize that these are stickers. Stickers- low quality labels that were placed on plastic bags and laminated pieces of packaging, not merchandise. Stickers are removable in case you weren’t aware, but the issue doesn’t seem to be so much about whether or not the stickers could or will be removed, but instead how many consumers will view the labeled product and think about the message.
As for the rest of you who simply reblogged the post without any regard for the systems, structures, or people in the post, you are just as weak as your poorly constructed straw argument.
You can promptly kiss my ass.
Jack has moved to rabbitglitter.tumblr.com
If you are here because of the “racist product” sticker post, and simply want to harass or use my blog as material to taunt content creators, go away.
That post now has over 23,000 notes and I am forced to see every single piece of commentary added to it. While I appreciate the kind words and constructive dialogue written by most, I have also been told to get gang raped, die of AIDS, get hit by a bus, get my teeth kicked in, and generally be harmed in some way.
That in itself is enough harassment without you adding to it.
So do consider just clicking away from my blog unless you aim to read my follow up post and perhaps learn sommat.
The follow up post can be found here: