Oh the horror!

La Times – November 25, 2008:

For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won’t be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.

Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child’s depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups?

“It’s demeaning,” Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter’s teacher. “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.”




  1. mthrnite says:

    My boy (1st grader) came out to the carpool line today in a construction paper “pilgrim hat”. I thought it was pretty damn cute, and he was right proud of it. Didn’t bother me a bit, and by the standards of what passes as a conservative on this blog, I’m a pretty liberal guy.

    QB (#57) hit the nail on the head:
    “Or maybe, a bunch of moms with too much time on their hands are arguing over something stupid at their kid’s grade school. Gee that’s never happened before, right?”

    BINGO!

    Also, would someone kindly cut out Fedup’s heart so we could get a little sunshine in this here blog?

  2. smartalix says:

    You people who associate PC with the libs crack me up. These stupid little feel-good suburbanites probably vote straight republican, and protest anything in their nice clean neighborhoods that threaten the status quo. Just because they think they are “sensitive” doesn’t make them liberals.

  3. Mister Mustard says:

    #62 – ‘dro

    >>You never have any idea what anyone else is
    >>talking about.

    Au contraire, compay. I understand perfectly what EVERYONE else is talking about (with the occaisional exception of Bobbo). It’s only you, with your content-free gibberish, that mystifies me. You might want to 1) work on your expository writing skills or 2) try including an actual message in your messages. Or maybe both. So far, your posts have all been poorly-crafted missives that attempt (unsuccessfully) to insult me.

    Remember, m’hijito, “si no tienes nada que decir, no digas nada“. Words to live by.

  4. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    #5 Raff – “Firstly the kid on the right in the pilgrim outfit is clearly Asian and the kid on the left looks suspiciously Caucasian rather than like an American Indian.”

    I see this as symbolic of how the Asian market is dominating the USA’s. The arms of the Oriental boy wrapped around the Caucasian boy sends a strong message of dominance. This crap has got to stop now!
    The picture is saying, “We will own you just as you owned the Native Americans. Oh, and here are some blankets made in our cheap labor factories. Don’t worry, they’ve been checked for small pox before we shipped them.”

  5. bobbo says:

    #65–Mustard, there you go again. More than anyone else I have noticed, you post: “I don’t understand what you are saying.”

    Obviously, this is a defense mechanism where your religiously bound sensitivities don’t allow you to consider certain positions. Over time, this defense mechanism has morphed into any criticism of yourself, indeed, criticsim of any position of yours.

    When challenged, the spicey Mustard response is to:

    1. Respond with a reference to the poster being childlike.
    2. Then, respond with a reference to the poster being an idiot.
    3. Then, respond with a reference to the poster not making any sense.
    4. Then, respond that the poster is not making any sense.

    Repeat until you go on “a business trip” and return for another cycle.

    Capiche?

  6. bobbo says:

    #3 above is: Then, respond with a reference that the discussion is becoming repetitive ((can you figure out why that is indeed usually the case?)

  7. Thomas says:

    #30
    Sucks doesn’t it? Pretty much like how you and the left have blamed Bush for everything from the financial crisis to the common cold over the past eight years. You reap what you sow.

    I suppose I fail to see how bringing a bit more historical accuracy to the event would hurt and I do not mean the darker side of the Indians nor the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were clueless about surviving in the wilderness but did survive (some of them at least) through cooperation with the local natives. Sounds like a good message to me.

  8. Mister Mustard says:

    #68 – Bobbolina

    >>More than anyone else I have noticed, you
    >>post: “I don’t understand what you are
    >>saying.”

    Perhaps, Mister Bobbolina, Mister Bob Bobbolina, that’s because, more than anyone else you have noticed, I actually try to extract some meaning from post of people like you and ‘dro.

    You can’t get blood from a stone, and you can’t get meaning out of gobbledigook. I’m merely pointing out that the gobbledigook is gobbledigook.

    ‘dro’s posts are generally just a one- or two-line written fart, that have no meaning. Yours are generally a bloviating spaghetti-bowl of twisted “logic”, that appear as though they MIGHT contain a nugget of meaning, but generally do not.

    Capisce?

  9. James Hill says:

    For the math portion of this day, did the Indians deal cards for the Pilgrims… then take their money?

  10. Mister Mustard says:

    #72 – ‘dro

    Your posts make no friggin’ sense at all, ‘dro. As I have told you before, “Si no tienes nada que decir, no digas nada“. Capisce?

  11. the answer says:

    just like a whiny bitch conservative who still cries that McCain didn’t win to blame things like this on “liberals” Maybe it’s more stupidity in general. If you were smart maybe you would see who the real problem is. Last time I checked, the last great elephant hope Pailin was banning books because it didn’t coincide with her beliefs http://is.gd/2n6z . Sounds like a lot of the same to me, and personally, i blame “conservatives”

  12. turbo says:

    I blame our culture in general. There are too many people who think they are special. There are too many people in general. It’s a matter of percentages…if there are 500 million people in this country, there are going to be a few people who are down right ridiculous and have no common sense. They’re WERE Indians and Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, get the hell over it.


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