One school's annual Thanksgiving celebration has its share of Native American costumes. And some parents are pissed.
That means when kids show up for turkey and songs for their annual "Turkey Day" feast, they won't be wearing the standard fringed vests or pilgrim-style black hats with the giant buckles reenacting the (not entirely accurate) story of both groups sitting down for a feast.
Michelle Raheja, the parent who initiated the ban, is a member of the Seneca tribe. She complained the costumes are "demeaning" and no different than allowing children to dress up like "Nazis." "There is nothing to be served by dressing up as a racist stereotype," she said.
Letting children dress up as Native American Indians is not the problem, Jacqueline Johnson Pata of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska and spokesperson for the National Congress of American Indians told momlogic. "What's needed is an academic curriculum that more correctly depicts an honest history around Native Americans."
"Thanksgiving is the one time of the year that people think about Native Americans," laments Pata. That's why she and other Native Americans are lobbying to make "Native American Awareness Day" a national holiday. "It would occur the day after Thanksgiving."
But that might be a long way off. Today kindergartners in Claremont had to leave their costumes at home -- although one mom says she won't stand up to the ban.
"They're not going to tell us what we can and cannot wear," said Dena
Murphy, mother of a five-year-old kindergatner. "We're tired of
[district officials] cowing down to people. It's not right."
What do you think? Has political correctness gone too far?