Wednesday, March 08, 2006

You cant say that...its racist!

I hear about issues where political correctness has gone to the extremes every day, and usually i just grit my teeth and bare it...but after hearing of a new situation in both the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, this is one PC measure that i just cant come to terms with.
Much publicity has been made over the past week about the famous nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep", and how it has fallen victim to political extremists, stating that the rhyme is "racist" and will now be taught to nursery school children as "Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep"!
It was all started by the Sure Start Centre in Oxfordshire; the chairman of whom stating that:
"No one should feel pointed out because of their race, gender or anything else, therefore we are folllowing stringent equal opportunities rules".
Children in near-by Abingdon are also being taught the PC version (along with schools in Scotland and London), and plans are now being made to sell CD's of the "new" ryhme in Mothercare stores nationwide.
What I dont understand about this is why complete idiots (such as those at the Sure Start Centre) believe this rhyme is offensive to black people. What relevence does a black sheep have with a dark-skinned person? The ryhme was created in the early 13th centery, portraying the tax that the king had imposed on wool (One third went to the local Lord [the master], one third to the Church [the dame] and the rest to the farmer [depicted as the little boy who lives down the lane]). Where in this ryhme does it portray racism of black people?
This is just another blatant example of political correctness gone mad (an example which the Commission for Racial Equality refuses to comment on). They state the move is to promote racial equality amongst nursery school children, but then again, since when do nursery school children (ie: 3-4 year olds) believe that traditional British nursery ryhmes are racist? They wouldnt even understand the meaning of racism, let alone feel offended by a black sheep sharing his wool.
So by the looks of things, political correctness is controlling nursery education as well as politics these days, and no thanks to New Labour for promoting such an ideology.

Is it fair that political correctness should affect their education as well?


Blogger Chris Palmer said...

Get them young and indocrinate them. That's the trick.

Ah, Mothercare - that great bastion of Political Correctness. You might recall they were involved with the Politically Correctisising of the Humpty Dumpty rhyme.

Here's my version:

PC Baa Baa Black Sheep

Non-Profane expletive, Non-Profane expletive Rainbow quadruped biodiverse organism
Have you any environmentally friendly non-synthetic carbon-neutral organic biomass?
Yes Mr/Mrs Yes Mr/Mrs
Three non-polyester recyclable bags full
One for the primary owner
One for the significant other
And One for the age disadvantaged bisexual who lives across the street

I am still slightly worried about the phrase, “quad-biped,” as this may cause offence to any biped organisms, or quadruped organisms that have lost limbs through no-fault of their own. Further, this rhyme is written in English. How offensive is it therefore to all those non-English speakers?

12:59 pm  
Blogger James.R.Skinner said...

A very humerous interpretation i must admit! Although, quite rightly...this blog should be written in other languages as well...just so those who dont speak English are not offended!

10:49 am  
Blogger Opinionnation said...

It seems the "PC Police" are everywhere.

5:41 pm  
Blogger James.R.Skinner said...

Even in America by the seems (i am assuming that you are from America of course). The question is though, how long will it be before this political correctness comes to an end.

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Blogger Olly said...

I don't suppose you read the article about this in the last issue of Private Eye:

"Some stories can be relied on to turn up regularly in the papers with only the tiniest alterations required to to bring them up to date.

One such is that which reappeared in the Sun, Mail, Times and Mirror, and most spectacularly, emblazoned across the front of the Daily Express last week: “Political Correctness goes mad at the nursery: NOW IT’S ‘BAA BAA RAINBOW SHEEP’.”

According to the Express: “Teachers at a government-backed school were ordered to change the lyrics of the classic Baa Baa Black Sheep… The idea was to ‘avoid offending children’ and keep in line with ‘equal opportunites’.”

This tale – wherein a politically correct administrator insists that children remove all references that could be considered racist from “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – first surfaced in February 1986, when the Daily Star and Sun declared that “loony left-wing councillors” had banned children at Hackney play groups from singing the rhyme. It was not true then either.

Neither was it true in October of that year, when the Daily Mail claimed play leaders on a Haringey council racism awareness course had been told to stamp out the song; nor in 1987, when Islington Council went to court to stop an SDP party political broadcast which falsely claimed they had imposed a ban; nor in 2000 when various papers relocated it to Birmingham; and nor in 2005 when the Mail on Sunday moved it all the way up to Aberdeen.

For the record, the charity Parents and Children Together, which runs the two play groups at the centre of last week’s outbreak, told the Press Association that “children at the two family centres sing a variety of descriptive words in the nursery rhyme to turn the song into an action rhyme. They sing happy, sad, bouncing, hopping, pink, blue, black and white sheep etc. This encourages the children to extend their vocabulary.” Curiously, this explanation went unreported by any of the national papers."

Obviously making stuff up doesn't sell papers as easily, does it?

5:36 pm  
Blogger James.R.Skinner said...

With the evidence that i have presented (which was taken from leading newspapers nationwide), which would you rather trust, these.......or a weekly magazine which has no other intention but to mock politics?

2:17 pm  
Blogger Olly said...

Personally I'd trust the nursery that it came from and a magazine that at least mocks everyone impartially.

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