Lower Merion School District, a school system in a pretty wealthy Pennsylvanian county, sent an email to families of high school students after a photo of a student in a white hooded robe raised some eyebrows, according to The American Conservative. The school district said:
“The robe is part of a monk costume from ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The monk’s costume — along with many other costumes — were to be used by 9th grade English students to act out the Shakespeare play. The photo appears to have been taken as a student was returning to class for a performance.”
The spokeswoman said “As soon as the teacher saw that particular costume, she realized it could be misinterpreted and that its imagery was disturbing. The costume will not be used in future enactments of “Romeo and Juliet.”
Shouldn’t you be trying to make a white hooded robe represent a monk instead of the KKK? I mean, this is almost like shielding the KKK from cultural appropriation. And regardless of your intention, you realize what this unhinged paranoia does, right? It creates a never-ending cycle of trolls who spread fake news about milk, the OK-hand, and Pepe the frog somehow being neo-Nazi dog whistles, just to see the media outrage.
But this isn’t the first time Lower Merion School District has thrown a bit of a hissy fit. Last month, students at the district’s Harriton High School tried to host an event called Mr. Harriton, an annual competition that raises thousands for charity. But the school told students that they would need to change the name to a gender-neutral “Mx. Harriton.”
A few years before that, the district sent parents a consent form that they could sign to allow students to eat an Oreo. Students were apparently going to use the Oreo for a science lab and the teacher sent home a permission slip reading “the students may eat the Oreo after the investigation if this is okay with you. The students do NOT have to eat the Oreo if they do not wish to do so.”
Just a reminder that the craziness doesn’t always start at college.
Principal Reassigned After Refusing To Call Holocaust ‘Factual, Historical Event’
William Latson was principal at Spanish River Community High School in Palm Beach until a little earlier this week. The school reassigned Latson to another job in the district after the revelation of comments he made to a parent in an email exchange last year, reported The Washington Post.
Latson told the parent that he lets info about the Holocaust be presented but that “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened….I have the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school….I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”
He’s not in the position to do so, he says. I’m sorry but is there any position more qualified to comment on a historical event than the leader of an educational institution? Like isn’t it your job to know these things?
The principal said “I regret that the verbiage that I used when responding to an email message from a parent, one year ago, did not accurately reflect my professional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities of the Holocaust.”
But state legislators called for Latson to be terminated and the school subsequently removed the principal from his position and put him elsewhere in the district. It’s a particularly ironic story considering Palm Beach County Schools is one of the only districts in the country to employ a curriculum administrator who addresses only Holocaust education — he apparently also won an award for it.
San FranPSYCHO To Cover George Washington Mural
San Francisco’s board of education decided to paint over this mural showing George Washington, along with a dead Native American and an enslaved African American, reported The Washington Post.
Ironically enough, the school where this artwork is showcased is named George Washington High School. Mark Sanchez, vice president of the board, said “We believe students shouldn’t be exposed to violent imagery — that it’s degrading” and California State American Indian Studies professor Joely Proudfit said “It is time to erase the dominant narrative of the dead and defeated Native American….It is important that our public schools are a place for all students to learn and be educated in a safe environment.”
OK so I guess it’s one thing to object to violent imagery. But it’s quite another to question the factual validity of that imagery. The school’s still going to be a safe environment, Joely — the mural can’t attack people — and you can’t just discount history you don’t like by calling it a “narrative.” That kind of thinking probably underminesyour students’ ability to learn.
And what’s really ironic about this cultural Marxist mindset is that, in this case, it’s targeted at a mural that definitely isn’t pro-Washington and was apparently painted by Victor Arnautoff, a communist party member.
San Francisco — or San Franpsycho — also just might have some LGBT protesters on its hands if it covers up the whole mural. One of the panels apparently features a rainbow. San Francisco State professor Robert Cherny mentioned that the vote happened during Pride Month so if they cover up that picture, too, the real angle on this story is “Homophobic, Anti-Liberal California City Paints Over A Communist’s Portrait AND A Rainbow.” Not so woke now, are we?
Antifa Goes After Moms Who Exposed Drag Queen Storytime
A drag queen recently stripped during an event for children at Renton Public Library in Washington state, reported The College Fix.
Now this was apparently at a “Teen Pride” event, but the library listed it as suitable for teens and tweens, which are around age 9 through 12 and one of the moms who attended it undercover to film said that she SAW kids as young as ten.
Now, this undercover operation by the moms didn’t go so well, as event organizers and COPS removed moms who didn’t bring children.
Emerald City Antifa posted to Twitter, saying “today we had two queerphobic adults filming kids going in and out of the bathrooms at Teen Pride event at Renton Public library….We’ll post link in thread, please help us identify these pervs.”
Now, obviously if the moms were actually filming that, in addition to the drag show, that’s pretty sketch. But other users on Twitter began talking about one of the mom’s address and date of birth and posted photos of one of their cars and license plates.
So you know, you’ve got to wonder. You have Antifa and the far left pushing drag queens, but then you also have big corporations advertising with them and, of course, promoting physical violence. If you’re on the side of big corporations, how much of a radical are you really?