Seems like everyone is talking about cultural appropriation these days and I was wondering what is your opinion on school programs having the kids to dress up like pilgrims and indians or things like that? Is it really offensive?
Say what you want about kids dressing up, but whoever came up with making an Indian vest out of paper grocery sacks was genius. Ok, here’s the deal, if you go looking for a booger, you’ll find one. Unless a kid grew up in a KKK compound, a 6-7 year old kid doesn’t have a racist bone in their body. Now before someone plays the “white privilege, you can’t comment card”, let’s just say I’m 800 times closer to being Cherokee than Elizabeth Warren and I don’t play cards, so who cares.
Anyway, me wearing a vest and feathers in 2nd grade had no effect on me as an individual-- positively or negatively, as related to my view of a certain race or ethnicity.
As long as history is taught apolitically, not skewed one direction, and this helps kids learn—who cares? No one gets upset when a student from Kazakhstan wears a silly looking pilgrim hat.
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