Posted by Richard on November 27, 2008
For decades, kindergarten kids at two California schools have taken turns dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians, visiting the others' school, and sharing a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the cops were called:
… Controversy erupted after district officials last week decided to eliminate the Native American and pilgrim costumes from this year's event after some parents complained that they were demeaning and stereotypical. Other parents were infuriated by the district's modifications of the event, saying that administrators had bowed to political correctness.
Notice that the politically correct LA Times capitalized "Native American," but relegated the Pilgrims to lower case.
On Tuesday morning, some parents dressed their children in the hand-made headdresses, bonnets and fringed vests, and school officials did not force the students to remove them. …
Nearly two dozen protesters stationed themselves in front of the school, evenly split between costume supporters and opponents. The supporters set up a table with refreshments in front of the school sign, and several wore construction-paper headdresses. Foes stood about 40 feet away, carrying signs that said, "Don't Celebrate Genocide."
The discussion between the two groups grew so heated that school officials called police, and officials separated the protesters onto separate sidewalks, said Claremont Police Lt. Dennis Smith.
These little kids were re-enacting the first Thanksgiving — when people from two different cultures came together in a spirit of neighborliness, friendship, mutual respect, and good will to share and celebrate a bountiful harvest. And these whack-job protesters accuse them of celebrating genocide. Unbelievable.
I hope your Thanksgiving reflects the joyful spirit of the first Thanksgiving, and is free of the hostility, anger, and bitterness of these mean-spirited moonbat protesters.
And please take a few minutes to read (or reread) my 2006 post, The real Thanksgiving story, which still gets lots of hits around this time of year. It describes how the Pilgrims learned an important lesson in economics in 1623, which made that bountiful harvest possible. It's a lesson we'd better remember.