Political Correctness to the Extreme

Principal Anne Foley at the Kennedy School in Somerville, MA has recently taken political correctness to the extreme by suggesting that teachers ban the celebration of Thanksgiving, Columbus Day and Halloween because they’re insensitive.

“When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous people,” the elementary school principle said. “We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well.”

Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said Halloween is “problematic” because of connections to witchcraft.

Somerville Mayor, Joe Curtatone, has three children at Kennedy and would not sit silent during this attack on traditions.

“I’m the son of Italian immigrations,” he said, “so I take Columbus Day very near and dear, and I’m proud that he discovered America… If we ignore and we don’t want to talk about it, if we want to stifle debate, then we’re ignoring history.”

Curtatone mentioned he will be wearing a full Halloween costume at Somerville’s annual Halloween parade, which is one the largest in the greater Boston area. 

U.S. senator, Scott Brown, weighed in on the situation on Friday tweeting, “Let’s not take political correctness to the extreme. Let the kids in Somerville enjoy Halloween.”

–David Rufful