From the Memphis Flyer:
John Branston’s City Beat column from this week’s Flyer seems to be generating some controversy.
In the column, Branston references the movie Lean On Me, about a controversial high school principal named Joe Clark, who patrolled the halls with a baseball bat and who called himself the “HNIC.”
Mayor Herenton has alluded to the need for a Joe Clark kind of leader for Memphis City Schools, which is why Branston used the term. Whether that was an error in judgment or insensitive is open to debate.