Tuesday, November 25, 2008

No Way No "How?"














Yesterday, the LA Times reported a fracas outside a public elementary school in Claremont, CA, involving a disagreement about whether kindergartners should participate in a Thanksgiving celebration featuring Native American and Pilgrim costumes.

One faction of parents was offended by the politically incorrect costumes. The second group was offended that the first group was offended. The Superintendent received hate emails over this. And little kindergartners ran around playing at the feet of the wackos while it was all going down.

Get this quote from the article: The protesters were evenly split between parents who supported the costumes and parents who opposed the outfits, and their discussion grew so heated that school officials called police, who separated the protesters on separate sidewalks, said Lt. Dennis Smith of the Claremont Police Department.

Well, you know, that just takes the cake. Or perhaps the pecan pie. I mean, we may have to cancel all of Thanksgiving if we can't get along, people.

I, for one, am not ready to throw out the Under Dog balloon of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the bath water. There is still hope.

Why can't we just look past our politically incorrect brown paper grocery sack vests, our construction paper headdresses and 1994 acid wash jeans, shake hands and say, "How! How can I ever tell you how many helpings of stuffing I plan to have?"

And once we put the past behind us, we can all sit at the grown up table together. Won't that be a proud moment?!

43 comments:

Tabi said...

Seriously?!?!?! People are just wonderful sometimes...wow!! That is something else! The poor kids....

Esthermay said...

This just ***** me off!
(I'm so sorry)
And this is why I homeschool my children! The mothers who protest a little boy wearing a feather and some face paint probably let their pre-teen daughters wear immodest clothing and put pretty pictures of themselves on MySpace....
OH!
. . .I should just stop before people begin tracing this comment to my e-mail!
I only wish all families who get angry over this kind of thing could make the sacrifes in order to homeschool thier children and completely circumvent the public school agenda. AND the WAcko's that use those poor children as an avenue to make stupid political statements.
OK. back to Linda's blog. . . .

Nel said...

Good grief...they are just kids. Acting and enjoying life. That is sooo sad.

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I heard about this, too. Sheesh.

Linda said...

Ugh. Talk about getting away from the actual reason for this holiday.

Hey, I for one, can't wait for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!!!!

Chatty Kelly said...

Don't think the stuffing is going to sold the arguement! My family argues every year over stuffing or dressing. There is a difference you know! (we're dressing people).

Mel said...

Yes I heard about this it is insane!!!!

Brenda Susan said...

Yah, great memories are being made for those kids this year!

Hope you have a great holiday bloggy friend!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

LOL! And the whole time, the kids couldn't care less, I'm sure...

Been missing you, friend!

Sit A Spell said...

Very interesting...my son came home today with one of those vests and said he had a feast today!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tammy said...

Wow...they really had to be separated, as if they were the kids?

If the original pilgrims (including my own many times over great grandfather, Gov. Bradford) and the Wampanoag Indians could sit down together in a brotherly way and give thanks to the Lord on that first Thanksgiving, you'd think the rest of us could at least try! I agree- a proud moment!

Becky said...

Can't we think of something better to argue about, like which is better... light meat or dark... isn't that the real issue at hand???

Tiff said...

Oh brother, that's ridiculous!!
People need to get a grip and find something more important to focus their attentions on...

Tiff said...

P.S. I meant the protestors, not your post! LOL

Angie Ledbetter said...

So sad. Time for the P.C. pendulum to swing back.

Smilingsal said...

The wackos have overtaken us! (First, we must wade through the mixed metaphors.)

Tammy said...

You have got to be kidding me. This clearly supports my theory on California. Too many fruits and nuts, not enough squirrels!!

Sheryl said...

That is just too much!

Who would have thought that Thanksgiving could bring so much drama!

Sheryl

Greg C said...

Wow what is next on the Not PC list. Funny that you brought this up. I was watching a commercial this morning that made me a little angry but in a light hearted way.

When is this insanity going to end. I guess I better watch what I do for the see what I'm saying video...:)

Patrice said...

People need something to do, a job, a life, anything! I have never heard anything so ridiculous in my life!!

Teri~Facedown said...

My friends kids had to have an "International Feast" instead of a Thanksgiving Feast at school. I am SO sorry that I am NOT PC...but c'mon, let us celebrate an AMERICAN holiday without feeling bad for the immigrants. This is something that BURNS ME UP! (By the way...I am an Indian... card carrying member of a real live tribe...and I NEVER get offended when people call us Indians, I have reverted to saying Native American because people look at me funny when I say Indian. Ug!)

Heth said...

It's just too ironic. Crack me up.

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Sounds to me like the kindergarteners should be the only ones allowed to sit at the grown-up table this year.

Susanne said...

I guess common sense is a theory that went away with the pilgrims. Sheesh. This kind of stuff blows my mind.

Laurie Ann said...

That gets my biscuit. It's okay to indocrinate Johnny & Suzy with curriculum that is *not* Christian, but dress them up in Thanksgiving costumes, Indians and Pilgrims equally numbered, I'm sure, and the crowd goes wild? Oh, puhleeze! There will be only a few at da grown up table. We can save room for those who care to join, LOL.

Joanna said...

Wow that is so sad. I think being PC will be the downfall of a lot of beliefs. Maybe we can drown it in gravy and snuff it out because gravy makes the world a better place.
It's the cure all - dry turkery smoother it in gravy. Too much greasy food - gravy will clog it up. Aunt Betty's nasty salad that no one knows what it is - drown it in gravy so all you will taste is gravy and not the questionable salad.

World peace can be in the gravy boat. :)

PJ said...

A proud moment, yes. A likely one? No. Maybe the parents should go back to kindergarten and learn to get alone. Hmmmm?

Jules from "The Roost" said...

They need to all get a job or do volunteer work! Working hard like the pilgrims and Indians did!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Good grief; people really need to get a life.

I was thinking what Dena said...kindergarteners at the grown up table this year. Sheesh.

Darlene R. said...

Amen, sister!

And once we put the past behind us, we can all sit at the grown up table together. Won't that be a proud moment?! (this was funny)

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving with all of your family tomorrow. I have looked forward to reading your blog every day for awhile now. You are truly a bloggy-blessing!

Love,
Darlene

RosyRose said...

I've become convinced some people just need to be the center of attention all the time. So they become pot stirrers because even bad attention is better then No attention....
Why can't we all just get along?
On that note...
Happy Thankgiving!Or Happy pecan pie eating, Happy parade watching, Happy Football snoozing day:)

Debbie said...

People need to find a real cause to care about...

Love the "grown-up table" line.

Edie said...

I can't get started on this or you won't be able to get me to quit. I am so thankful that God moved me out of California.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Linda.

Ballerina Girl said...

Unbelievable...yet no one talks about the slaughtering of the Indians...at least not that much!
Should we hold the pecan pie?
BG

Lois E. Lane said...

I can see why they're so offended -- I've long thought Pilgrims' collars were portrayed far too starchedly ;)

Roxanne said...

Thank you for coming to wish me a happy Turkey Day. :) I am thankful for you, friend. . .and thankful that Jorge ordered a new computer. YIPPEE!!!!!!

skoots1mom said...

Enjoy your "t" day...put your feet up after all those dressing helpings...
: )

Cindy Swanson said...

Linda, thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog! I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving as well.

Marina said...

thank you for coming by you made my day with your kind words, I have sent you 3 emails but something is wrong with my emails today I can't seem to get them to go "(
so I thought I would come by hear and say " what a blessing you are ")
hugs,
and Happy ThanksGiving to you and your family and zoe too cute !!

Jodi said...

It is just incredible how "politically correct" this country has become. It saddens me so much. I'm SO tired of "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy Holidays". I just want to say Merry Christmas. You know? Thanksgiving and the pilgrims/Native Americans. What they are trying to do is break tradition if you ask me. I just want to put my angel on top of my tree and my manger on a little table near a tree...and scream Merry Christmas.

Thank you so much for what you wrote on my blog about my little sponsor child Juan Pablo. He is a special little man that the Lord brought me too. I am truly blessed.

I am also blessed by you in blogland Linda! You are one of the first people I ever corresponded with...thank you for all you do for your fellow bloggers. You are a blessing. God bless you & your family this Thanksgiving.

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Oh! My! Gosh! I mean, really! That is so pathetic that parents are fighting over the "costumes" the kids wore!! And then they wonder why their kids grow up the way they do!!

sarah said...

Wow. That is crazy.

But in the spirit of thankfulness, thanks so much for stopping by to say Hi! You are the sweetest. I have been such a negligent blogger.

Have a super Thanksgiving!

Susan said...

I do know that this is a "hot topic". I even wondered when I saw the little K kids this year when it would hit at my school. I don't know where I stand, but I sure don't think it's something to FIGHT about!