A woke elementary school in Seattle has decided to cancel their upcoming Halloween Pumpkin Parade and will ban students from dressing in costumes for the holiday, claiming that it “marginalizes” students of color.
“Woke, Inc.” author Vivek Ramaswamy warned on “Fox News Primetime” Wednesday that this is part of the left’s ongoing war against anything fun and American. He accused Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary School of showing its “white privilege” for going after Halloween instead of taking responsibility for “failed school policies.” He also predicted that it won’t stop at Halloween but will spread to other American holidays as well.
“This is a movement that will not stop until it has torn down every American institution and every American tradition,” he declared. “And you mark my words, Thanksgiving is next, Presidents’ Day is next, the Fourth of July is next.”
“It’s coming and I think that this movement will not stop until it is stopped in return,” he warned.
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Ramaswamy went on to comment that “nothing can be ordinary” on the left anymore.
“These are ordinary, fun traditions that bring us together,” he commented. “Halloween brings kids together irrespective of their skin color, irrespective of their race or where their parents came from.”
“As we turn each of those unifying moments into moments of division, that’s really what takes us to the brink of this cultural civil war that we’re on,” he posited. “I think the left and the right need to remember that these are occasions to have fun together… and not infuse a level of political seriousness into traditions that are supposed to be ordinary fun.”
The school released a prepared statement to KTTH Radio host Jason Rantz that suggested the holiday is a distraction and “uncomfortable for kids.”
Rantz didn’t hold back in his opinion of the school’s woke excuse for canceling Halloween, saying, “This year the only thing spooky and creepy is the school’s commitment to wokeness. What could be more equitable than having strangers give you free candy? Not to the school’s Racial Equity Team that decided with staff to gut Halloween.”
“Halloween events create a situation where some students must be excluded for their beliefs, financial status, or life experience,” the statement released by the school reads. “Costume parties often become an uncomfortable event for many children, and they distract students and staff from learning. Large events create changes in schedules with loud noise levels and crowds. Some students experience overstimulation, while others must deal with complex feelings of exclusion. It’s uncomfortable and upsetting for kids.”
The school asserts in an Oct. 8 newsletter that students will still recognize the fall season by participating in activities they claim are “more inclusive,” like a thematic study of the fall season and a lesson on autumnal artwork.
The newsletter thanked parents for their support which is confusing since parents were not consulted before the move by the Racial Equity Committee.
School Principal Stanley Jaskot threw his support behind the move.
“Halloween is a very complex issue for schools,” Jaskot told Fox News. ‘Yes, I agree this event marginalized our students of color. Several of our students historically opted for an alternate activity in the library while the pumpkin parade took place.’
“This was an isolating situation and not consistent with our values of being an inclusive and safe place for all our students – especially students of color and those with a sensitivity to all the noise and excitement of the parade,” he added.
The cancellation of Halloween using racial equity as an excuse was mocked on social media:
School district in Seattle has cancelled it’s Halloween “Pumpkin Parade” why ??? The district representatives said, Black males don’t celebrate Halloween & feel marginalized by it🤔 WTF, do they just makeup 💩 everyday, I grow up in 70’s/80’s BROOKLYN- ALL KIDS celebrated !
— Concetta (@concetta8631) October 14, 2021
Something tells me it was the pink hats that voted to cancel Halloween 🤬😩 pic.twitter.com/1uxrTCh9dM
— Concetta (@concetta8631) October 14, 2021
Which color did they marginalize this time? Black, brown, yellow, white, olive ….. did I miss anything else? Damn, I forgot green, the aliens are going to be upset with me!!
— EM (@hyemom3) October 14, 2021
Halloween is racist now?
— JKK (@jkk06d) October 13, 2021
This is so patronizing to minorities.
— Cranberryicetea (@Cranberryicete1) October 14, 2021
I wonder how long this trying to find a problem in everything is going to last.
— Jacob Matthews (@jmatthews71) October 13, 2021
Guess you should also get rid of fried chicken and ban it from being cooked cause it’s also racist…
— Coasty (@Bet_AQW) October 14, 2021
Let’s cancel everything that’s fun for kids🖕🖕🖕
— Marshellus Wallace 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 (@MarshallTerren1) October 13, 2021
The Chardonnay Antifa crowd is hard at work.
— NotTheFullPackage (@NotTheFullP) October 14, 2021
Nothing good comes out of Seattle
— Sharon Fagen (@FagenSharon) October 13, 2021
Because there’s no brown or black pumpkins?
Also, orange pumpkin bad!
— Honkler Cynic 👌🐸👍FJB✌🇺🇸☝ 🤡🌎 (@first_cynic) October 13, 2021
These people are Imbeciles
— Tony (@TonyRFreedom) October 13, 2021
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