The terms “inclusive and equitable” are generally followed by liberal changes that make no sense. They should send dread and worry to the pit of your stomach because it’s only a matter of time before the world as you know it changes.
A school board in New Jersey has unanimously voted to strip the names of holidays off of the district calendar.
According to board member Dorene Roche, “If we don’t have anything on the calendar, we don’t have to have anyone with hurt feelings or anything like that.”
Are the names of holidays on a school calendar really offensive, though? Virtually every calendar published has the names of different holidays. Even the phones that we have allow us to see all of the U.S. holidays.
No one is forcing anyone to celebrate these holidays. Instead, they’re there to show that some people celebrate them. It could be used as a learning tool to show diversity across the year. For those who don’t know about a particular holiday, it’s a chance to educate.
Instead, liberals would rather strip the names of the holidays so that no one can be offended.
However, we’re being ignorant in an effort to be less offensive.
Holidays have a place in every society.
Yet, Randolph Township Board of Education will simply be calling the holidays “days off.” This is after the district had already changed the holiday of Columbus Day to be recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
No holiday will remain so that no one’s being offended. This includes Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Christmas.
The problem is that their effort to not offend ends up being more offensive.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday. It’s a time to express gratitude and be remembered for the harvest that was celebrated by the pilgrims that helped to find our country.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are Jewish holidays. By removing them from the calendar, is it not an act of Anti-Semitism?
Meanwhile, Christmas is a Christian holiday. Removing it from the calendar is a knock against every Christian. Are we to assume that Santa will be removed from shopping malls next because he, too, is offensive?
The school board in New Jersey is hiding behind the claim that they received feedback from the community. Meanwhile, a large percentage of people in the community are frustrated because they feel as though they’ve had no say in the matter.
A petition is currently going around to call on the resignation of the board members as well as Jennifer Fano, the district’s superintendent, following the board decision. Over 2400 signatures were on the petition as of Monday and the goal is to receive 2500. The petition identifies that Fano and the board have “disgraced our community” and clearly don’t have the best interests of the children in mind with anything that they do. It goes on to say that “they represent everything that is wrong in education today and are completely incompetent in every aspect of their role.”
There were already over 100 people at the meeting to protest the Columbus Day holiday name change. Many believe that it is a way of erasing Italian Americans from the efforts of inclusion. Parents want to know if it is based on a lack of understanding or if Italian Americans simply aren’t part of the “inclusion” definition.
One board member has defended the decisions by saying that the school should be on the “right side of history.” Susan DeVito claims that just because Columbus’ name has always been on the calendar doesn’t mean that it should always be there.
Liberals love to claim that “new information” is coming out on various characters of history. Really? Where is all this new information coming from? Suddenly, in recent years, Christopher Columbus has been identified as a liar and a slave owner. Is this new information? It was known that he enslaved native inhabitants – but it’s a part of the history that helped to found new land.
We can’t allow the liberals to continue to erase history. Celebrate a holiday or don’t, but the holiday is there because of the historical references. Getting rid of the holiday’s names is going to offend more than it will contribute to inclusion.