Nov 25, 2008

Turkey tussle*

Usually, Thanksgiving Day animus is contained to airports and dining room tables. But a political correctness battle broke out today over the annual turkey feast celebration at Condit Elementary School in Claremont.

From the LAT:
After a handful of parents complained that the Native American headdresses and vests were demeaning, cartoonish stereotypes, the Claremont Unified School District eliminated the costumes from this year's festivities, but allowed the turkey feast to go forward.
This led parents on both sides to a protest outside of the school, which led to a heated exchange, which led to a call to the police. Police also got an anxious call from Claremont Unified Superintendnet David Cash, who told police he feared for his safety after receiving "hate e-mails."

The Times continues:
"It's been wild," said one woman who declined to give her name. Meanwhile, the kindergartners -- some of whom showed up wearing their banned costumes -- frolicked on the playground, eating, running and chattering with friends, [police Lt. Dennis] Smith said. "The kids were oblivious," he added, "as they should be."
*Updated story from the LAT, story from the Claremont Courier.

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