Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Can't We Celebrate ONE Holiday Without Politically Correct Garbage?!

What a great photo above. It is two schoolchildren that are dressed and a Pilgrim and an Indian and it is a celebration of the first Thanksgiving. Note that the Pilgrim is Asian and the Indian looks to be Hispanic. Only in America, right?
But, Thanksgiving is the new holiday for the political correct police to come out in force and harass schools and children about how eeeevvviiiiiiiillll the Pilgrims were to the poor Indians. Thanksgiving or not.
In the college town of Claremont, California, two elementary schools Condit and Mountain View, got together and shared in a Thanksgiving feast. And, the students dressed up as Indians and Pilgrims.
But, a busy-body university professor, Michelle Rajeha, took on Condit Elementary for holding such a "demeaning" event.
Miss Rajeha wrote this to her daughters kindergarten teacher at Condit Elementary:
"I'm sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation's history."
What?! What in the name of Almighty God is this educated fool talking about?
Is it really demeaning to dress in period clothing? After all, the event did occur in 1620. Sorry, but the Indians did dress differently then. As did the English settlers that sailed to the New World. One does not hear women complaining of the Pilgrim girls wearing bonnets. Or the Pilgrim men wearing the funny hats.
Now, Miss Rajeha's mother is a Seneca Indian. And it appears that somehow, dressing up in traditional clothing is a racist act.
But, it gets better.
Miss Rajeha goes on to complain:
Raheja, an English professor at UC Riverside who specializes in Native American literature, said she met with teachers and administrators in hopes that the district could hold a public forum to discuss alternatives that celebrate thankfulness without "dehumanizing" her daughter's ancestry.
Now, thankfulness is what the holiday is all about. The act of thanksgiving was a hopeful start for the English settlers and the Native Americans. No one knew at that great feast that a terrible time in the history of what would become the United States of America in the treatment of the Native American.
And, as the article points out, not all Indians think the same as Miss Rajeha.
There is mother Kathleen Lucas and here is what she had to comment on the situation:
Kathleen Lucas, a Condit parent who is of Choctaw heritage, said her son -- now a first-grader -- still wears the vest and feathered headband he made last year to celebrate the holiday."My son was so proud," she said. "In his eyes, he thinks that's what it looks like to be Indian."
Mrs. Lucas takes a clear view of the celebration.
But, it does appear that the Miss Rajeha is part of what can only be described as an elitist group of educators that have begun this campaign against this celebration of Thanksgiving:
Among the costume supporters, there is a vein of suspicion that casts Raheja and others opposed to the costumes as agenda-driven elitists. Of the handful of others who spoke with Raheja against the costumes at the board meeting, one teaches at the University of Redlands, one is an instructor at Riverside Community College, and one is a former Pitzer College professor.
Methinks that the costume supporters are correct. It is an attempt by educated fools to foist their point of view on the school as a whole.
I have some advice for all concerned.
Remember, the first celebration is the historical marker of the origin of Thanksgiving. It is not to be the end all of Thanksgiving. The school is actually taking great liberties in the first place, but makes it easier for very young children to get a feeling of what that event must have been like. It is not meant to be exact. As these children get older, they will learn more about the first Thanksgiving and come to their own conclusions.
After all, today we celebrate Thanksgiving in a different way.
We celebrate it with family and friends and with total strangers. We take time from our busy lives to thank Almighty God for all that He has given to us. Our wives, husbands, children, family and friends. It makes us remember that there are many that are not thankful for anything. And that when we can to take time to share our thanks with those who can not share. Take time to feed the homeless and the hungry.
Children are being turned into adults faster and faster. Parents need to let their children be children and if there is something objectionable, why not just opt your child out of the celebration?
Please, people, can we have one holiday, just one, without political correct garbage? It is all many of us ask.


Rightwingsnarkle said...

can we have one holiday, just one, without political (sic) correct garbage?

If you want to explore the whole pilgrim/native american thing, then you've got to look at the facts of what actually happened. It's called genocide.

The 'politically correct' trope is generally dragged out when somebody can't defend an issue on its merits.

As for the whole being thankful thing, yes, sure, absolutely.

DoorHold said...

"Please, people, can we have one holiday, just one, without political correct garbage?"

Nope. People no longer have any common sense. Why bother developing any when you can rely on bromides read on the Internet or in books from wacko authors.

Without common sense they cannot differentiate truth from fiction. Without the need, or desire, to develop common sense they ignore any facts that do not fit their preconceived notions.

That's why you have otherwise smart or educated people misusing terms such as "genocide."

Rightwingsnarkle said...

People no longer have any common sense.

I'm looking forward to your account of the events between European settlers and Native Americans.

But I'm not holding my breath.

Righty64 said...

Mr. Snarkle, I don't want you to hold your breath! I was commenting on a specific case about the celebration of Thanksgiving. Not the history of the European settlememt of the North American continent. However YOU chose to celebrate Thanksgiving is your choice. I think that when you take a celebration like the children had in years past and twist it to suit one's own personal gripes, then it is affecting the community as a whole. I know, being such the open-minded liberal that you are, take a recommendation and read the new book by Michael Medved on The 10 Big Lies About America. I believe that he addresses this whole issue.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

when you take a celebration like the children had in years past and twist it to suit one's own personal gripes,

Well, that's an interesting characterization - 'personal gripes.'

I think that any 'celebration' of Thanksgiving that, contrary to Lincoln's proclamation, involves the story of illegal immigrants (Pilgrims/Puritans) and Native Americans (Wampanoags) requires an informed discussion of what actually transpired between the two groups.

Don't you?

As for Medved, thanks but no thanks. I'm always on the lookout for credible info, which by definition excludes wingnut trash.

DoorHold said...

Snark: "I think that any 'celebration' of Thanksgiving ... involves the story of illegal immigrants (Pilgrims/Puritans) ..."

Really? Is there evidence Native Americans had laws defining immigration?

Snark: "The 'politically correct' trope is generally dragged out when somebody can't defend an issue on its merits."

Saying the use of the term "politically correct" is a trope used to avoid defending an issue on its merits while USING tropes to make YOUR case is baffling.

I get what you believe (and I disagree), but if you're going to use words like "facts" and phrases like "informed discussion" or "credible info" then you are at least obligated to include some in your replies.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

Really? Is there evidence Native Americans had laws defining immigration?


We'll just call the Europoeans 'invaders.' They subsequently became 'occupiers.'


I'm glad I didn't hold my breath while waiting for your account of the matter. I'm betting it's slightly less cogent than Medved's, if you ever stop dodging and take a stab at articulating it.

But, yeah, people call something 'politically incorrect' when they can't defend an issue on its merits. Wingnuts do it all the time.

Righty64 said...

Again, Mr. Snarkle you forget that I brought up the issue of Thanksgiving, not the history of the Europeans coming to North America and what happened subsiquently. Remember, I get to choose the topics that I write about on MY blog. If I choose to write at some point about that history, believe me you will be the first to know. BTW, no surprise that you easily dismiss Mr. Medved's book without even reading it. It is what is so hypocritical for you lefties. You love to brag about your "open mindedness" until that goes up against YOUR preconcived notions. Then, you have the nerve to say that I should be open-minded and read what you want me to or that I have to engage you on YOUR terms. Hmm, not this time.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

I brought up the issue of Thanksgiving, not the history of the Europeans coming to North America and what happened subsiquently (sic).

No, you posted a hissy fit because a woman of Native American heritage expressed strong feelings and objections about kids and the depictions and costuming based on Native Americans and Pilgrims.

You called it an example of "political (sic) correct garbage," to which I responded that your argument about "political correctness" indicated to me that you couldn't address the issue on its merits, the issue in this case being the feelings and opinions of Native Americans and others on the subject.

I also said "As for the whole being thankful thing, yes, sure, absolutely."

So, yeah, separate the notion of giving thanks from the Pilgrim mythology, and you get no argument from me.

But you made your personal outrage the issue.

As for Medved - he's proven to me that he's a wingnut tool and propagandist, just like Rush, Glen Beck, Malkin, and the rest of the usual suspects.

The idiot can't even review a movie, which is what he's supposed to be best known for. I'm not interested in his take on hagiography and revisionist history, where he's even further out of his depth.

DoorHold said...

"We'll just call the Europoeans 'invaders.' They subsequently became 'occupiers.'


Slightly. ;)

"Invaders" isn't quite correct either, that was never the purpose of colonization, though the Spanish "invasion" of Central America would qualify as such.