I just read the Nauck letter…a few times.
There is a truth that is pretty simple in my mind: we are living in a
moment where reckoning is happening. We as individuals, we as members of
organizations…we need to understand the complexity of what this moment
means to America and all Americans. We have to rise to this moment and
make sure we are anti-racist….to make sure our organizations take all steps
to join the ongoing movement to understand that the life of our country,
including the life of the world since the recorded sound, has been marred
with prejudice, racism and inequality. Work needs to be done to insure a
better reality for all people and that work is mandatory for all
organizations. It is more than political: it is right and it is needed.
Without doing the proper work, ARSC will be an organization that will not
be welcoming for next generations of members….it will be a mere relic.
I have served on the committee that has drafted the Code Of Conduct policy,
which is something that was truly needed for our organization. I am sure
there are members who did not understand the need for the policy, just as
there are some that do not understand the need for the statement opposing
racism. All I can hope is those members begin to understand why all of
this is needed: racism and sexism is alive and well in our world. It is
impossible to truly understand the impact of institutionalized racism and
sexism plays in all aspects
of our lives and must therefore be examined deeply.
I stand with ARSC for opposing racism and police brutality and am proud to
be a member. And there is more work to do.
On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 7:16 AM Rebecca Chandler <[log in to unmask]>
> Good morning,
> Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on the most recent Letter to the
> Editor published in the newsletter. And thank you, Corey, for starting the
> Some background: The Editor did share the letter with the ARSC board prior
> to publication. While I and others on the board do not agree with the
> contents of the letter, it is important to the integrity of the
> organization to allow our members to express themselves without censorship.
> We support the decision to publish the letter as an opinion piece in the
> newsletter. There were no other Letter to the Editor submissions at the
> time of publication.
> The Board has made its position known on the issues brought up in the
> letter through its statement opposing racism and police brutality (
> http://www.arsc-audio.org/pdf/ARSC_Statement_Opposing_Racism.pdf) and its
> support of the DEI Committee in drafting the Code of Conduct currently
> under member review. If you are not familiar with these documents, I
> strongly encourage you to read them (the Code of Conduct draft is only
> available to members while in the review stage).
> I am glad to see others sharing their thoughts and views here and I would
> also encourage you to do so through giving feedback on the Code of Conduct
> and/or writing your own Letter to the Editor for consideration. You are
> also welcome to reach out to me directly off-list if you do not feel
> comfortable sharing your thoughts in a public forum.
> Thank you,
> Rebecca Chandler
> *ARSC President*
> On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 9:18 AM Gary A. Galo <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > It was downright irresponsible for that letter to be published in the
> > Newsletter, at least by itself. The Editor of the Newsletter should have,
> > at the very least, sent that letter to a few other ARSC members, and the
> > ENTIRE ARSC Board, for peer review, inviting them to offer their own
> > for publication in the same issue. Publishing that letter by itself could
> > give readers the impression that Kurt's view is a prevailing one at ARSC,
> > which is certainly not the case (I believe he speaks for a miniscule
> > minority in our organization, at least I hope so). I would encourage
> > members, including members of the Board, to submit letters for
> > in the next Newsletter, in the interests of offering a more balanced
> > perspective on this subject, and upholding ARSC's reputation as an
> > inclusive and welcoming professional organization.
> > Best,
> > Gary
> > Gary Galo
> > Audio Engineer Emeritus
> > The Crane School of Music
> > SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
> > "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
> > Arnold Schoenberg
> > "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
> > Igor Markevitch
> > "If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is
> > audible,
> > on that system nothing will be audible."
> > G. Galo
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2020 8:25 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [EXTERNAL] [ARSCLIST] Comments on the open letter
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> > Hi All,
> > In the last newsletter, there was an open letter to the ARSC membership
> > titled "Letters to the Editor" by Kurt Nauck.
> > Anyone care to comment on that letter?
> > ~CB
> > Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> > www.baileyzone.net