There was a time when, if a conservative was complaining about a holiday, he was complaining about political correctness around the Christmas season. The I can’t say “happy holidays vs. Merry Christmas” debate was one in which I never involved myself, but it is annoying that some people feel the need to censor themselves.
I never would’ve imagined there was a slippery slope on this – or how steep that slope turned out to be. In the name of political correctness, one elementary school has a solution: let’s get rid of them all.
A Minnesota elementary school has kissed Valentine’s Day goodbye. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.
Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul is joining other public schools in opting out of holiday celebrations as school officials strive to be more culturally sensitive and inclusive. The school has a predominantly Asian and black student body, and English is a second language for more than half of its pupils, who come from a range of faith backgrounds.
In a letter to parents last week, Principal Scott Masini said his rationale was to avoid “encroaching on the educational opportunities of others and threatening a culture of tolerance and respect for all.” He acknowledged it would be an unpopular decision for some.
“I have come to the difficult decision to discontinue the celebration of the dominant holidays until we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant view will suppress someone else’s view,” he said.
The letter drew both criticism and support as it started circulating on social media, with some people praising the policy for its sensitivity to diverse cultures and others decrying it as political correctness. The Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis ran an editorial calling the decision misguided and urged Masini to reconsider.
Other schools across the country have also decided to forego holidays out of concern for student sensitivities, while others have adjusted their celebrations.
Who exactly was offended by these holidays remains a mystery. Does the administration at this school not think Asians and blacks celebrate Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, or Thanksgiving? Those assumptions sound neither culturally sensitive or inclusive.
As Col. West often says, “when tolerance is a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.” Call the suicide prevention hotline on this one!
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]