NJ school district strikes holiday names from calendar in attempt to be ‘inclusive and equitable’

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A “woke” New Jersey school district that tried to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day has instead eliminated all holiday names from its calendar in the name of so-called “inclusion” and “equity.”

This means no Thanksgiving, no Rosh Hashanah, no Yom Kippur and certainly no Columbus Day.

“After careful consideration of concerns introduced by both proponents of the change as well as those in the opposition to the change, a motion was presented for consideration to stop using holiday titles on the district’s calendar,” the Randolph Township Schools board of education said in a statement to local station WNYW.

“We agreed unanimously that the change would be both inclusive and equitable,” the board added.

In a pithy statement to the station, board member Dorene Roche explained away the decision as follows: “If we don’t have anything on the calendar, we don’t have to have anyone be hurt feelings or anything like that.”

That’s one way of looking at it. But Andre’ DiMino, one of the parents who’d complained about the district’s original proposal, views things differently.

“So instead of just insulting Italian Americans by removing Columbus Day, they’ve removed all the other holidays like Martin Luther King Day, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana, and all the other holidays,” DiMino, board member of the Italian American One Voice Coalition, said incredulously.


(Source: WNYW)

According to WNYW, the vote was made at a heated public board hearing Thursday that had originally been about the renaming of Columbus Day.

“It turned into a long public comment period and discussion by the board before the suggestion to strip names off the calendar. After the unanimous vote, the board was met with shouts from the crowd,” the station confirmed.

All this started last month when the board suddenly decided to jump on the “woke” bandwagon and rename Columbus Day.

“The Randolph school board has voted 8-0 to rename the holiday, mirroring a shift formalized in recent years by at least seven states and two New Jersey municipalities amid an ongoing, national reassessment of the Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 and ‘discovered’ the New World,” NJ.com reported at the time.

FYI, Columbus didn’t “discover” the new world — he DISCOVERED the new world.

The vote spurred immediate backlash, including from immigrants like Gerlando Termini, a parent of two children who attend school there.

“As an immigrant, I’m quite open in terms of cultural differences and how we should respect each other, but why does that have to come at the expense of our day,” he said to NJ.com.

DiMino feels similarly.

“We’ve got nothing against indigenous people, and they should be celebrated. Just don’t take away Columbus Day,” he reiterated to WNYW this past week.

In defending the vote, board members again referenced so-called “inclusion.” ”

“This change would strengthen Randolph’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and show our community that we embrace the histories of all people,” they reportedly said.

“Inclusion” apparently means erasing one people’s history and replacing it with another people’s history. Much of “woke” culture functions like this, with certain preferred groups being prioritized over certain less preferred groups.

Oakland, a far-left California city, tried launching a basic income program for the poor this past spring that seemingly barred impoverished white people from participating.

The city later clarified that whites could apply for the program but would not receive priority. The program officially went into effect just this week.

“The Oakland Resilient Families program began accepting applications for the East Oakland phase Tuesday. There are 300 openings for families who live in East Oakland and they will be chosen by a random lottery, though priority goes to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC),” according to local station KPIX.

Late last year, so-called “public health experts” began arguing that racial preference should be applied in the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine to “level the playing field.”

“Having a racial preference for a Covid-19 vaccine is not only ethically permissible, but I think it’s an ethical imperative,” Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University, said in November, as reported by Stat.

“Older populations are whiter. Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit,” Harald Schmidt, a so-called “expert” on ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, reportedly added.

These recommendations almost got approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


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