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.
HT: Donald Douglas @ www.americanpowerblog.blogspot.com