The so-called ‘Pumpkin Parade,’ a traditional event held on Halloween, has been canceled due to worries related to racial equity.
The officials from the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Seattle, where the parade used to take place, decided to end the event due to its alleged “marginalization of people of color.”
In making this decision, school officials followed advice from the school’s Racial Equity Team.
The beginning of the end
It took five years for the school to decide against the parade that featured children dressed in common Halloween costumes.
The school’s spokesperson told conservative journalist Jason Rantz that there are students who do not celebrate Halloween and that further organization of the event would marginalize them.
Upon their request, these students were isolated on campus during the parades that were organized so far.
The spokesperson announced that the school would try to find a more inclusive alternative to the event, the one that would accommodate the claims of minorities, particularly African American male students.
The school seemingly plans to create events that would focus on the celebration of the season in which Halloween takes place.
Some suggestions for an alternative involve the institution of some sort of “autumnal work” or the so-called “thematic units of study about the fall.”
It remains to be seen whether there would be some complaints about these manifestations once the first proposals get announced, but we’re pretty sure that someone will feel offended, no matter what.
The school officials also sent a letter to parents in which they attempted to explain the decision.
They wrote that Halloween might promote exclusion of some students on the basis of their belief systems, economic status, or life experiences, adding that the traditional “Pumpkin Parade” might also diminish the educational capabilities of students and school employees.
The officials also emphasized that the noise that commonly surrounds the event might further exacerbate the feelings of isolation many children experience during the event.
Expectedly, many parents did not react positively to the letter.
David Malkin, a father of one of the school’s students, characterized the school’s decision as an example of vanity exercised by white affluent individuals who identify themselves as woke.
Malkin added that he did not understand how the cancellation of the Halloween event would reduce inequalities.
He described the decision as a way to please the predominantly white school administration, alleging that the move may actually promote inequalities.
Malkin is one of the many parental voices raised against the increasing alterations of school programs and rules, such as the introduction of Critical Race Theory in the curriculum or the adoption of transgender policies.
Despite these protests, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School’s Principal Stanley Jaskot remained adamant about the school’s decision.
He told Fox News reporters that the “Pumpkin Parade” truly marginalized minorities, adding that some students had to perform substitute activities in the library while the parade was taking place.