Our Nanny State Ninny Award for February goes to Toronto school board “equity officials” lobbying the provincial government and directors of education to change school dress codes.
If you’re thinking the focus of their dress code prohibition is short hem lines or revealing tank tops, think again.
These equity officials are concerned with the logos and nicknames of pro sports teams – specifically, the logos and nicknames of teams that pay homage to aboriginal culture.
Here’s what the Equity Committee said to Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals:
“The use of pejorative indigenous names, logos and mascots is both an exploitation of indigenous cultural, spiritual and intellectual identity, and in many cases, a racist misrepresentation of that identity.”
I doubt they asked any individual natives how they feel about these logos and nicknames because I’ve met natives who use their own money to purchase such sports paraphernalia.
And what if this ban is implemented and a native student breaks the dress code? Would he be sent home?
Remember when schools were concerned about teaching the three Rs? Now their concern seems to be creating politically correct minions, and who cares if they can spell?
With Equity Committees proposing apparel bans on campus, I must ask:
Why is it that so many people in charge of educating our kids are so stupid?