Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ho, Ho, Nope: School Principal Bans Holidays

Trigger Warning:
Celebrate diversity by banning things we don't like!
PS 169 in Brooklyn, NY used to be just like any other public school in America.  The students recited the pledge of allegiance, and they decorated their classrooms for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Then PS 169 got a new principal, and that's when things got a little too politically correct:
Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited. “Harvest festival” has replaced Thanksgiving, and “winter celebrations” substitute for Christmas parties.
New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of teachers and parents.
“We definitely can’t say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,” PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. “No angels. We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David.”
Kim, 33, did not return a call or email seeking comment.
A memo last month from assistant principal Jose Chaparro suggested a “harvest festival instead of Thanksgiving or a winter celebration instead of a Christmas party.” He urged staff to “be sensitive of the diversity of our families. Not all children celebrate the same holidays.”
 That's pretty god damn harsh.  Kim has apparently even had teachers remove Santa Claus from their classrooms as well.  This is despite the fact that Santa has been a part of the Christmas celebrations at PS 169 for years.  State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz had visited the school dressed as Santa Claus for years.  I doubt he'll be allowed to do that this year, though.

The city's Department of Education does allow for some decorations such as Christmas trees, menorahs, and the star and crescent.  It does, however, ban anything that's explicitly religious.  The big man in the red suit is allowed as well.  Principal Kim, however, has seen fit to cleanse the school of any Christmas symbols whatsoever, despite what the DOE might say.  Why?  In the interest of being more "inclusive" to students who don't celebrate certain holidays.

That's the thing about political correctness.  Inclusiveness means that we must give all due consideration to students who may not be Christian, or may not celebrate certain Christian holidays.  Christians themselves, however, bear no consideration whatsoever.  Christian students aren't allowed to play in any of the reindeer games, so to speak.  Political correctness demands that we be inclusive by completely excluding anyone and anything associated with whatever the PC Police despise.  So they ban the holiday celebrated by a majority of people in this country.  They take out Christmas trees, stars, Santa Claus, anything that might serve as a reminder of the holiday.  What used to be Christmas is sanitized and spit-shined, and reduced to a husk of what it once was. 

The sad thing is that this is applauded by the politically correct elites running things.  They look at the students "celebrating" with their bland holiday parties and smile.  The PC Police say to themselves,"look at how inclusive, how progressive we are.  There's absolutely no Christmas in sight; nothing to offend anyone at all.  We've done such a good job."  Meanwhile the students are the ones who are suffering, as any sort of fun has been removed from the holiday.

Luckily it sounds like the students, parents, and some teachers might be getting fed up with Principal Kim.  Turns out she's made other changes to PS 169 that some folks are none too happy with.  This includes apparently using school funds to buy seven flat-screen TVs that have never been used.  Principal Kim also had several important murals painted over in order to make room for these TVs.

Hopefully the city Department of Education takes notice and steps in to bring some Christmas cheer back to PS 169.

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