It seems nothing -- from the traditional dress of age-old children's storybook characters to the very sheet of paper those stories are written on -- is above the scrutiny and condemnation of those seeking to push a politically correct agenda and tie even the most seemingly innocent of things to an assault on racial "equality."
That's correct, according to diversity and equality "experts," the Wicked Witch of the West (or at least witches in general), promotes racism among children simply because she dons a black hat. Likewise, the pale, glistening colors typically worn by "fairies" -- those ethereal creatures of middle earth so often portrayed in sweetness and light -- are merely calculated, cynical wardrobe choices intended to dupe children into believing that all things light, or white, in color are inherently "good."
Now, to combat that perceived threat, primary school teachers in Britain are allegedly being encouraged by equality advocates to censor fictional children's characters, eliminating witches' black pointed hats in favor of white ones, while dressing fairies in dark colors. Proponents of this technique claim the method will eliminate "racism" in children as young as two.
But that's not all. Even white writing paper has come under fire. The Telegraph reports:
Another staple of the classroom - white paper - has also been questioned by Anne O'Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.
Children should be provided with paper other than white to draw on and paints and crayons should come in "the full range of flesh tones", reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.
These rather drastic-sounding measures to ensure racial equality among children are reportedly outlined in a series of guides in "Nursery World" magazine.
Without providing any scientific proof to support the assertion, the guides posit that young children could possess the inclination to express racist views -- and that it is therefore the obligation of nursery school teachers to help the children "unlearn" these undesirable traits.
Eerily, the term "unlearn" conjures images of uninstalling software programs on your laptop -- or, perhaps more pointedly -- the reconditioning sequence made famous in the movie A Clockwork Orange, in which the protagonist's mind is wiped "clean" of thoughts deemed socially unacceptable, thereby erasing his free will.
One of the alleged goals of the program is to form positive association with dark colors. The Telegraph reports that this “anti-bias” method was developed in the U.S. as part of special interest group's multiculturalism agenda.
That method, promising to challenge racism, sexism and ageism, has now traveled across the pond, infiltrating at least a portion of the British school system. O'Connor has reportedly developed material for Lancashire council's childcare service:
"This is an incredibly complex subject that can easily become simplified and inaccurately portrayed," she said.
"There is a tendency in education to say 'here are normal people and here are different people and we have to be kind to those different people', whether it's race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or faith.
"People who are feeling defensive can say 'well there's nothing wrong with white paper', but in reality there could be if you don't see yourself reflected in the things around you. “As an early years teacher, the minute you start thinking, 'well actually, if I give everyone green paper, what happens’, you have a teaching potential.
“People might criticise this as political correctness gone mad. But it is because of political correctness we have moved on enormously. If you think that we now take it for granted that our buildings and public highways are adapted so people in wheelchairs and with pushchairs can move around. Years ago if you were in a wheelchair, then tough luck. We have completely moved and we wouldn’t have done that without the equality movement.”
Not everyone is in agreement with color-mania, however. Margaret Morrissey, a spokeswoman for the advocacy group Parents Outloud told the Telegraph, “I’m sure these early years experts know their field but they seem to be obsessed about colour and determined to make everyone else obsessed about it too."
“Not allowing toy witches to wear black seems to me nonsense and in the same vein as those people who have a problem with 'Bar Bar Black Sheep’ or 'The Three Little Pigs’. Children just see a sheep in a field, whether it be black, grey, white or beige. I have worked with children for 41 years and I don’t believe I have ever met a two year old who was in any way racist or prejudice.”
Meanwhile, it might be worth pointing out that, at least in Technicolor, the most infamous witch of all was in fact the color green.
The rest of the article can be viewed on The Telegraph.