Before I begin with explaining the idiotic reason that Leftists believe Halloween to be racist, allow me to preface this entire article by claiming that, out of all of the things that the Left generally cancels, I actually don’t mind this one too much.
Again, it’s still an idiotic reason, but ironically goes into a direction which I sort of approve of or like, at least in some ways.
I will further explain my reasoning after I give you the context for this article.
You see, a Seattle school has chosen to cancel a Halloween themed parade because it, according to school administrators, “marginalizes people of color.”
It’s not a reason any of us didn’t expect, given how utterly moronic many of these people are, and given how white savior-ish these white liberals think they have to be, supposedly for the benefit of minorities like myself. However, regardless of our expectations for such a “reason”, it’s still a darn stupid one. Further detail about just WHY it “marginalizes people of color” is hardly even present later on.
A spokesperson for the school told Jason Rantz, Seattle-based conservative radio host, that “historically, the Pumpkin Parade marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday. Specifically, these students have requested to be isolated on campus while the event took place.”
The spokesperson added: “In alliance with SPS’s unwavering commitment to students of color, specifically African American males, the staff is committed to supplanting the Pumpkin Parade with more inclusive and educational opportunities during the school day.”
Well, first of all, I seriously doubt that a vast majority of the students are in any way bothered by the parade, which I will talk about more later. So in essence, the school is canceling a parade for the whole school because a few (if even that many) students felt “marginalized.” Right, because people knowing that you canceled a fun school activity definitely isn’t something that would make you even more marginalized. Kids love snitches and buzz-kills, after all!
I should also probably explain that this was in an elementary school, and kids can be quite mean, even at this point.
The second thing I want to talk about is why the spokesperson felt the need to say “specifically African American males.” What, are African American females not as important? Are kids of other races apart from African American not as important? It seems particularly odd how one race and one gender is specified when talking about “commitment to students of color.”
At any rate, in lieu of the Pumpkin Parade, students at the school can opt to participate in what the school described as “autumnal work” (whatever that means), “thematic units of study about the fall,” (because kids surely want to study the season above having fun) and might also look at “sharing all the cozy feelings of the season.” All definitely seem like fun alternatives to dressing up in costumes at school, a once-a-year event. Congrats, kids who complained, I’m sure you won’t be given swirlies for this.
The school also further explained their ridiculous reasoning behind canceling this parade in a newsletter to the parents, which was obtained by Rantz. The newsletter read: “Halloween events create a situation where some students must be excluded for their beliefs, financial status, or life experience. Costume parties often become an uncomfortable event for many children, and they distract students and staff from learning.”
It continues, but allow me to pause here for a moment.
With regards to the first item, that being that some students feel like they are excluded because of their beliefs, I can actually understand that one, but it does bring up a problem which I will get to momentarily. As I alluded to earlier in the article, I am not a particular fan of Halloween and don’t really mind its cancelation outright. I believe it’s not a “holiday” because a holiday, by strict definition, means a “holy day.” In this day and age, it’s come to mean just a special day in general that basically everyone in the country either celebrates (like Christmas, an actual holiday) or take time off of school/work for (like Columbus day, which is a special occasion because of its significance, sure, but not a holy day), etc.
Halloween is a celebration of evil, darkness, and of the macabre (I mean, just look at the picture above, for crying out loud). It’s celebrating literally everything that is opposed to God. And while I know that All Hallow’s Eve and Day began as Christian holidays for the remembrance of the dead, namely saints, martyrs and faithful departed (and I have my concerns regarding even this, as it may have originated from pagan traditions), it has since utterly excluded the idea of remembering the dead, at least the ones who died in Christ or were martyred for Him, and is largely about evil and darkness now. The complete antithesis of Christ.
Sure, for kids, it’s mostly about candy and dressing up in costumes, which are fun, but the “holiday” is utterly commercialized (candy companies definitely love this day) and taken away from the Christian roots of it and towards more sinister ones.
So I can understand people’s objections to the celebration based on beliefs. The second item, about financial status, makes little sense to me, as one can make costumes basically out of anything. As a kid (long before I became a Christian), when Halloween came around, I would go to school in my regular clothes (in itself rather neat for me at the time, since that school required uniforms most days) and a simple cape on my back, and I would say that I was “Dracula” or a vampire in general. This happened for multiple years because I largely didn’t have other costumes.
And yet, I had no real issues with that at all and to the best of my memory, I wasn’t really teased for coming every year with just a cape. Even if your family didn’t have enough money to even buy a cape (granted, the cheapest I saw on Walmart’s online store was $5, and it wasn't even a good-looking cape), you can make a costume out of literally anything. You can make a cape out of a large towel. You can make costumes out of simple clothes. And I can ASSURE YOU that kids have shirts with stuff like the Superman or Batman logos.
So the “financial status” excuse doesn’t hold up. As far as “life experience” goes, it’s so vague that almost anything could seemingly justify it, and this article is already long enough as it is without getting to the main point, so I’ll leave it there.
In any case, the letter then read: “Large events create changes in schedules with loud noise levels and crowds. Some students experience over stimulation, while others must deal with complex feelings of exclusion. It’s uncomfortable and upsetting for kids.”
Yeah, that first sentence makes me think that the cancelation of the event has less to do with “marginalized people of color” and more with the fact that it can be annoying for staff to organize certain things and have to schedule certain things outside of the usual, and that it can be annoying to hear loud noises. This idea is supported by the fact that earlier in the letter, it talked about costume parties distracting students and staff from learning. It’s not about the minority kids at the school, it’s about the teachers having to give a damn about doing more than usual for the fun of the kids.
Of course, they couldn’t outright come out and say “the staff is tired of this parade, so we’re not doing it anymore” so they just use the excuse of some kids “feeling marginalized” and basically blaming them for the cancelation.
Like one parent told Rantz: this is an “exercise in affluent white vanity that is wokeism.”
But again, it’s a cancelation that I don’t mind too much. However, it does present a problem, like I mentioned earlier. That, of course, is the idea that if a Halloween themed parade (or Halloween in general) can be canceled for the reasons stated either by the spokesperson or the newsletter, other (actual) holidays could also be canceled for the same reasons, namely Christmas.
After all, not everyone celebrates Christmas, so based on that, schools feel as though it would be okay to cancel all school Christmas events. However, despite that, I’m not particularly incensed by the cancelation of that Halloween parade because miserable Leftists (both in and out of schools) have been trying to cancel Christmas for a long time now. Protecting Halloween in this particular school isn’t going to keep this school or others from trying to cancel Christmas, and they are currently setting their sights on what can easily be considered a Satanic “holiday,” at least as it currently is celebrated.
So, again, I don’t mind the cancelation of this particular event. The school presents moronic reasons, probably to try and hide the staff’s laziness and annoyance with the activities of the day, but it accomplishes a job I don’t mind them accomplishing.
So you won’t hear me complaining too much about this at all. After all, as Napoleon is attributed with saying: “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
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