I serve on the committee of a small NGO which is fairly active in our local area, after being nominated and elected to membership about a year ago. My nomination was due to work that I was doing personally and for documenting this work along with my opinions of things that I was experiencing on my own website. After being elected, I worked for this NGO but also continued doing my own work and updating my own website, which continued gaining in popularity to the point where it eclipsed the NGO's own website, and I was referring more visitors to them than they to me.
The website remained very much my own personal website, with posts mostly written in the first person, occasionally referring to the NGO and its work.
I was recently contacted by a senior member of the committee who ominously stated that there were 'problems' with some of the recent posts on my own website. We had a very long phone call in which endless numbers of criticisms were made of two of my recent posts. Essentially all of the problems, in some way, were of a political nature. All in all, there were probably at least thirty different points of criticism.
Up until that point, I had heard no criticism whatsoever from the NGO.
I had posted something on the VE Day anniversary exploring fascism and its impact on the local area during the interwar period, then going on to argue that society had 'progressed' because the extremism of today (and I made reference to Extinction Rebellion, AfD, and British far-right parties) is far more tame than the extremism of the interwar period. In the article, I go back and forth comparing examples of extremism and extremists between the two eras - all to demonstrate that what we consider extremism today is really nothing compared to the extremism of the 1930s, and I round up by saying that we should be glad that after all, even if we get annoyed by being called racist names occasionally, at least we don't get assaulted and even killed for our race. (Again, making the comparison between the two eras).
In the article, I take a few quotes from a first-hand account written in the 1930s, where a Jew is frequently referred to as a 'Jewboy'. However the passage is actually about organising locals together to protect the Jew from violent attack from a gang of fascists. I use this passage to again demonstrate the difference between the 1930s and today - I say that today we would consider calling a Jew a 'Jewboy' extremist, but in the 1930s those who actually took a stand against violent extremism thought nothing of calling a Jew a 'Jewboy'.
Apparently (although I heard nothing directly) other members of the NGO were shocked that I had used the word 'Jewboy' (even in quotation) at all and shocked that I had even written about fascism. In response, they took down a link to my website which they had on theirs, and although it was never said, it was strongly implied they thought that I was racist and that I should probably resign from the committee, and certainly delete the post. The member made out that the NGO had been receiving endless numbers of complaints, although I had heard nothing myself from anyone. He also made out that I had deliberately written the post to be provocative and incite a reaction.
The member then went on the make endless criticisms about many other things on the website, repeatedly stating that it was bad for the NGO and that it made people think the NGO were 'out of touch' and 'racist'. Just giving one example, I was criticised for questioning the Mayor of London's campaign called 'London is Open' asking what exactly it meant, and jokingly referred to a local incident where a councillor had insisted that a council estate bin storage shed should be 'open' to the public (we are based in London). The member stated that the campaign was obviously taking a stand against racism, and that questioning it was in some way racist, and certainly made the NGO look racist.
The phone call ended with more or less: 'delete the post, apologise, and write things that we want to be written, or go to hell'.
I'm not really sure what to do here. I haven't heard a word from other committee members, and I have heard nothing but praise from people who read my posts and stay in contact. I don't really think that simply writing about fascism is racist, and I'm not sure that simply quoting the word 'Jewboy' is racist either. Most importantly of all, the website is very much my own website, and has always been simply a documentation of my own work and opinions, rather than a proxy for the NGO. Given that I don't see any need to delete these posts and apologise simply for continuing to do what I did to be elected in the first place, should I simply resign in protest?