California Thanksgiving grinches have nixed a kindergarten first Thanksgiving celebration and first Thanksgiving meal. Political correctness has deemed cardboard pilgrim hats and headbands unacceptable, demeaning and reminiscent of the Holocaust. You can’t make this stuff up.
The Real First Thanksgiving
The first Thanksgiving took place on September 8th, 1565 in Saint Augustine, Florida. USA Today reported that teacher Robyn Gioia has the research to prove that the first Thanksgiving menu consisted of bean soup and was shared between the Timucua Indians and Spanish explorers.
First Thanksgiving facts notwithstanding, American tradition sees the celebration of Thanksgiving as a time for friends and family, a cherishing of the first Thanksgiving meal that brought both Native Americans and British settlers, most commonly referred to as Pilgrims, to the table.
Claremont Kindergarteners Learn First Thanksgiving Facts: Adults Are Grinches
For 40 years, the Claremont school district has had the tradition of having Claremont kindergarten students from Condit and Mountain View elementary schools dress up as pilgrims and Native Americans.
Proudly donning their cardboard make belief clothes, construction paper hats and feathers, they meet up and share a simulated first Thanksgiving meal. An adapted first Thanksgiving menu sports turkey and assorted goodies for the little ones’ culinary pleasures.
First Thanksgiving Meal Celebration of Kindergarteners Deemed Demeaning
The Los Angeles Times reports that the mother of one of the kindergarteners finds the whole first Thanksgiving celebration idea “demeaning,” inappropriate, and akin to “asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis).” The mother asserts that “there is nothing to be served by dressing up as a racist stereotype.”
First Thanksgiving Facts for Claremont Kindergarteners: Adults Will Stop At Nothing
Whereas the first Thanksgiving feast was one of cooperation, thankfulness, and goodwill, what followed was racial oppression, genocide, and land theft. I think we all understand that the “white man” did wrong by the Native Americans. This is a point beyond dispute.
At the same time, even though the resulting history was bloody and murderous, the spirit of the first Thanksgiving meal cannot be denied. One may argue about the locale, the first Thanksgiving menu with its first Thanksgiving food choices, but the general sense of thanksgiving is beyond dispute.
Kindergarteners at Claremont are now learning another first Thanksgiving fact: adults will stop at nothing to get their snobby political agenda across; even it means cheapening the heritage of others – as long as it is done in the name of political correctness.
The offended Claremont mother may be better served to volunteer her time at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen and teach her child the true meaning of Thanksgiving, that gratitude is an attitude and not a holiday to be dissected; moreover, the school board that has jelly for spines and nixed the whole first Thanksgiving celebration should prepare for a lump of coal from the equally politically incorrect Santa Claus.
Sources: http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2007-11-20-first-thanksgiving_N.htm; http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-thanksgiving25-2008nov25,0,1458033.story