Calvin Terrell dealing with unhappy customers
If you operate a service business and someone complains about your product you can either blame the customer and ignore the complaint, or think about what you may be doing wrong to ensure it doesn't happen again.
Smart businesses -- the ones that stay in business -- choose the latter.
Obviously Calvin Terrell, who sells racial harmony with a side order of anti-bullying, doesn't subscribe to that theory. Perhaps why he worked at a Red Lobster rather than owning one.
Although he is smart enough not to bite the hand that feeds him, in this case Amherst College ($38,000 -- a lot of bread!).
But his way of dealing with the snowballing controversy over his graphic presentation to young children is to blame the Schools. Which of course is -- like the anecdotes he uses in his presentations (Columbine, Lord Jeff's infected blankets) -- partially correct.
Yes the Schools should have sent out the parental notifications warning parents about the graphic nature of Terrell's pitch. But I'm also certain that if the Schools knew exactly how graphic that pitch was going to be they would never have allowed it in the first place.
To suggest that Amherst of all places is an atypical outlier and somehow overly sensitive about mature material is absurd.
If Terrell bothered to do his homework he would know that ARHS was the only high school in America to perform the decidedly R rated 'Vagina Monologues' in 2004, and five years before that created an international uproar by cancelling 'West Side Story' because of alleged "racism."
Both controversies brought on by overly empowered 17-year-old's.
The Schools have now gone into their usual mode of dealing with controversy. Stick your head in the sand and wait till things blow over.
Worked well with the "Nut Ban" controversy. Last night the Regional School Committee voted to set a policy that allows administration do pretty much what they want with nuts (insert joke here).
And a year from now that same diffident Regional School Committee will vote a policy allowing the administration to bring in any speaker they damn well please.
Well at least David Koresh is no longer available.