In honor of Thanksgiving, I give you this story from California, where kindergarten students will no longer dress up as Pilgrims and Native Americans when they have their Thanksgiving feast.
"It's demeaning," Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter's teacher. "I'm sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation's history."
I remember creating a construction paper headband with feathers around Thanksgiving in grade school. Probably more than once. Somehow, I grew up to be a (somewhat) mature, contributing member of a decent society able to celebrate the diversity of our great land.
Yet another example of adults sucking the fun out of life, this time using 5-year olds in order to do it.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.