Concerned that the word “Halloween” might be offensive to some cultures and religions, some schools in Toronto have now changed the name to Black & Orange Day. Such a controversial issue this is in the beurocrats’ mind that a handy dandy teaching resource for “Dealing With Controversial and Sensitive Issues in Toronto District School Board Classrooms” was released and six major concerns were addressed”:
1. “Halloween is a religious day of significance for Wiccans and therefore should be treated respectfully.”
2. “Peer and social/media consumer pressures target all children and their families as consumers of costumes, makeup, food products, etc. Many students and their families can feel this socio-economic marginalization keenly.”
3. “The images and icons associated with consumer-oriented Halloween can come into conflict with some students’ and their families’ religious beliefs.”
4. “The food products that are marketed heavily during the Halloween period can come into conflict with students’ and their families’ dietary habits.”
5. “Some students have had first-hand traumatic experiences of violence that make talking about death, ghosts, etc., extremely alienating.”
6. “Many recently arrived students in our schools share no background cultural knowledge of trick-or-treating or the commercialization of death as ‘fun.’”
Many years ago I lived beside a family of Evangelical Christians. Nicest, most polite family you will ever meet. When it came time for Halloween, they would pull their kids out of school for the day. At night, they took their children up to their church and the congregation had a little party for all the kids, sans costumes. They never celebrated Halloween and didn’t believe in the rituals associated with it.
This was about 20 years ago. At that time, there was the same discussion going on in some Ontario school boards – whether they should ban Halloween in the schools because it might offend some children and/or their families. Same debate essentially, just two decades prior.
At the time this was going on, I asked my neighbour what he thought about all of it. He told me he wished the school boards would pipe down and just go on with business as usual. He was worried that if idiotic rules were applied for Halloween and some of the activities were cancelled or altered, other students would associate his kids as part or all of the reasons why Halloween was altered/canceled. Basically, he didn’t want his kids to get picked on, or worse, all because some unnamed, faceless bureaucrat(s) is hooked on power.
My ex-neighbour also didn’t believe it was right that the population should have to change their ways because of his faith and views. Halloween is part of our culture, it’s another distinct marker that makes us a wee bit different from everyone else. He knew the relevance of it, he had no inclination to tinker with it.
The Mayor also knows many Moslems and Jews, and I can tell you firsthand that they don’t care one iota that Halloween is about ghosts and ghouls, costumes and candy. These people just want to fit in and have the Canadian experience. They love being part of our (Canadian) celebrations, in a large measure that’s why they came to these shores. Taking that away from them is cruel. Denying them this is racist. Yes, racist. Or sexist. Or homophobic. Possibly a combination of all three.
Changing the name Halloween to Black & Orange Day is yet another power grab by faceless idiots who enjoy making life miserable for everyone. They don’t care about new Canadians or old Canadians, what they care about is driving a wedge between them. When you hear people talk about this subject now, you hear them say, “if these immigrants don’t like it, they can leave.” But it’s not the immigrants that are trying to alter Halloween, it’s the faceless bureaucrats that have taken it upon themselves to be the spokespeople for the immigrants.
The faceless idiots believe in divide and conquer. It’s the activist mentality. Here’s how it works:
1) Come up with a problem that doesn’t exist
2) Expose problem, make it into a crisis through sketchy studies and research
3) get funding and try to solve problem through new, giant bureaucracy
And that’s where we are at with this.
1) “OH MY GOD, religious groups and certain cultures are offended by Halloween” (even though they aren’t).
2) Wiccans and “Many recently arrived students” are having a big problem with this (they aren’t)
3) Hence, the “”Dealing With Controversial and Sensitive Issues in Toronto District School Board Classrooms” teaching resource (Let’s send this out to committee. Sign cheque here).
Halloween is fine the way it is. You will see that when all sorts of children of different backgrounds come to your door tonight trying to mooch candies and sweets from you. Give them what you have, this may be one of your last chances to be involved in this soon-to-be-dead experience. However, if a short-hair 45 ish year old lady comes up to your door and starts acting like she has a pickle up her ass, that may very well be one of those faceless bureaucrats I was talking about. You are free to release the hounds.