RE: Forwarded from soc.culture.latin-america
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 12 Dec 1990 09:10:00 EDT
As a national volunteer, Regional volunteer and as a "minority member",
my apologies and that of the Boy Scouts of America goes to Ray and others \
whom may have heard that Council Executive speak thoe words. Be assured that
the Western Regional Director will deal approviately with that statement.
Many times, our emotions get in the way of our actual statements, or in other
words, our mouths are engaged before the brains are. I am guilty of that also
and I feel (in a way) the same shame and embarrassment that the executive feels
right now (especially at a Council function like that!)
I cussed during a District Committee meeting several years back whil serving as
a Paraprofessional. While the assembled present perhaps understood why I did,
I still to this day have this "thought" haunting me...
The situation was that I had been "reassigned" to another District, a
predominately rural, white, laborer District. At the first District meeting, I
was introduced by my supervisor, a District Executive /multiple person. Almost
as if someone "goosed" this guy, a man stood up and shouted, "I ain't gonna
be bossed around by some nigger!" and walked out of the room. He was accompanied
by the previous District Chairman and two other fellows. In my anger at the m
and to possibly cool my own embarrassed purpled face, I shouted "And I'm not
going to let some god*ammed bigots run me off!"
I stayed working there in that District as their Paraprofessional for a year.
I am not trying to defend that council executive...he should have known better.
After all, he was not some wet-behind-the-ears new DE or even a college student
part-timer like me....he was a seasoned professional, adept to dealing with
various situations and supposely able to talk to all segments of his community
with tact and respect. I have my doubts about some of our nation's Council
Scout Executives...I have met many and there are four now (including this one)
that Scouting would be better off without them. We DO have racism in our program
and we DO have sexism in our program..and its going to take a lot of voluntee
effort to let go of those perceptions and feelings and move FORWARD. After
all....it is the volunteers that appoint and hire those jerks....they are NOT
hired or appointed by the BSA...
Settummanque!@HEY...That's not a cuss word...its in the Bible...(you still
should not say those things period!)
Volunteer Advisor/Council Exploring Commissioner
Explorer Post 379 (Bluegrass Scouting Alliance Club)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City