This is one of the saddest things I’ve seen in awhile. (well, not really. There have been a LOT of sad things lately) There is a dispute at a California school on whether or not kids should dress as Pilgrims and Indians! Are you kidding me? Apparently not. Here. You can read about it your own self in an L.A. Times article.
From the article:
Raheja, whose mother is a Seneca, wrote the letter upon hearing of a four-decade district tradition, where kindergartners at Condit and Mountain View elementary schools take annual turns dressing up and visiting the other school for a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the Mountain View children would have dressed as Native Americans and walked to Condit, whose students would have dressed as Pilgrims.
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.
Dehumanizing? I was taught that it was native Americans that saved the Pilgrims from starving to death! Native Americans are the HEROES of the story!
It’s another sign of the times. History is being rewritten and offenses are easier and easier to come by. You can’t swing a dead cat without offending someone. Great. I probably just did it myself.
Meanwhile, what are the kids learning from the parents? Some of them anyway.