October 20, 2021

Seattle Public School: "Halloween is Not Woke Enough"

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
A Seattle elementary school has canceled their annual “Pumpkin Parade” because it “marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday.” The school’s “Racial Equity Team” has been the main driver of the decision to nix the costume procession. The event will be replaced with “more inclusive and educational opportunities” about “autumnal work” and “thematic units of study about the fall.”

The Background: 
The left-wing, woke mob loves to cancel holidays it doesn’t like...Columbus Day, Christmas, and now Halloween.

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Seattle will no longer hold its annual “Pumpkin Parade” on the recommendation of the school’s Racial Equity Team. The parade normally features students in costume walking through the halls.

According to a school spokesperson, the event can exclude certain students: “Historically, the Pumpkin Parade marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday.” According to the school, several students have opted out of participating. 

In a newsletter, the school told parents that costume parties can “become an uncomfortable event for many children, and they distract students and staff from learning.”

Not everyone is happy about the change. One parent, David Malkin, told Seattle-based radio host Jason Rantz that the decision doesn’t actually achieve what the school is aiming at: “I don’t see any way in which this actually addresses any inequities to the extent that there are any inequities. You know, this just seems like grandstanding on behalf of the principal and the staff who are predominantly white.” Malkin also called it an “exercise in affluent white vanity that is wokeism.”

For students who do want to enjoy the holiday season, the school is encouraging them to participate in “autumnal work”, “thematic units of study about the fall”, and enjoy “sharing all the cozy feelings of the season.”

Notable Quotes: 

“In alliance with SPS’s unwavering commitment to students of color, specifically African American males, the staff is committed to supplanting the Pumpkin Parade with more inclusive and educational opportunities during the school day.” - Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

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