I used to work at UNC-TV back in the 80s. It was a good organization then, and it is a good organization now. My wife, my daughter and I have supported the network off and on for more than 25 years. So it is with considerable regret that I announce my intention to withdraw my support effective immediately. The naming of Orson Scott Card to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees by Phil Berger is an action I cannot and will not support.
I understand there will be critics of this action. Some people will say, "Hey, you're only hurting the people who work there. They didn't have anything to do with this." That may be true, but if we turn a blind eye to such actions, we are simply telling Mr. Berger there are no limits to what we will put up with.
Others will say that Card is only one voice among many on the board, and that his influence won't be felt. I disagree. Card is a talented writer and a vocal advocate for the things he believes. He will be heard.
Still others will argue that is a freedom-of-speech issue, that diversity of voices leads to truth and we need some conservatives on the board. I find that argument convincing. Indeed, why stop with Card? Shouldn't we have other racists, bigots, homophobes, flat-earthers, misogynists, birthers, Creationists, and white supremacists on the board? Imagine all the fun they'll have running the network into the ground.
For better or for worse, how we spend our money these days is just as important as how we vote. And given the gerrymandering in North Carolina, it may even be more important. I'm not giving another penny to UNC-TV until Mr. Card resigns his seat on the board.