An Open Letter to Memories Pizza
Let’s rewrite the ending of the Memories Pizza saga, shall we?
I know what you’re thinking: “Will, why are you being nice to folks who openly showed discrimination to people just like you?”
Because we should ALL be talking to each other, even those we don’t agree with. My independent nature isn’t just a streak—it makes me who I am.
For the life of me, I don’t understand why people are raising money from those “in sympathy” to the situation, rather than joining together to see what people from all walks of life can do as one.
About a week ago I wrote a letter to the owners on Facebook:
“Hi there… my name is Will Pollock and I’m author of “Pizza for Good.” I’m an Atlanta-based freelance journalist, and was wondering if you’d seen my post, here:
congratulations on a successful fund-raising campaign… I’ve been so frustrated by all the vitriol on both sides of this story, and I’d like to make an offer to you.
wouldn’t it be great to show an example of people who might disagree on philosophy and other points joining together to do something good for those less fortunate? “Pizza for Good” is all about unlocking the power of pizza as a community builder and money-raiser. Please have a look at the website and let me know what you think.
I’d love to come out there and do a book event, where we can invite all walks of life to support you, support a local charity of your choosing, make amends, and show that folks can come together even in the face of all the hype and weird people who’ve adopted the issue as their own.
Honestly, I don’t like the language used on either side and I’m betting you might agree with that point.
Anyway, think it over and let me know. have a fantastic day and just know that as a gay man I’m pulling for you guys to have all the success you can possibly achieve.
Please help me spread the word, and get this post in front of them. Folks in Indiana are kind and generous. They—and we—have it in us. ❐