School in Seattle cancels Halloween parade because it has it has "historically marginalized students of color"

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https://www.seattletimes.com/educat...-historically-marginalized-students-of-color/

A Seattle Public Schools elementary school canceled its Halloween parade this month, saying the event has historically marginalized students of color who don’t celebrate the holiday.

SPS officials said they have not received any complaints about the costumed parade from families at B.F. Day Elementary School in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. It’s unclear which specific students were involved, why they did not want to participate, or details of the issues that occurred that lead to the cancellation of the parade.

School district officials and Principal Stanley Jaskot declined to answer questions about the cancellation. The district, in an emailed statement, said some students had “requested to be isolated on campus while the event took place.”

The statement cited the district’s “unwavering commitment to students of color” in announcing it was “committed to supplanting the Pumpkin Parade with more inclusive and educational opportunities during the school day.”

The cancellation is not tied to the coronavirus pandemic, the statement said. For at least five years, there has been discussion about the parade, and the school’s Race and Equity Team took on the issue again last month.

With staff input, the Race and Equity Team made the recommendation to cancel the parade, SPS officials said in the statement. The Seattle Education Association said it was not involved in the decision.

“Holding Halloween celebrations are becoming less common in schools both within SPS and in surrounding districts,” the statement said. “There are numerous community and neighborhood events where students and families who wish to can celebrate Halloween.”

Lisa Rivera-Smith, the Seattle School Board member who represents the area the school is in, said she wasn’t aware of the issues the parade has caused for students of color. Although she has not received any messages or calls from constituents about it, Rivera-Smith said she could see how some students might not have the resources or can’t afford to buy Halloween costumes and how that “could be divisive.”

“It’s one thing to be responsive and another thing to be reactionary,” Rivera-Smith said. “It sounds like the school is being responsive. I appreciate the [Race and Equity Team] took it on and took steps to do what they thought was best.”

B.F. Day Elementary School has a majority white student population, nearly 63%, according to data from the 2020-21 school year. About 8% of students are Hispanic or Latino, about 6% are Black or African American, and nearly 7% are Asian. About 16% of students are two or more races, the data shows.

The elementary school’s Parent Teacher Student Association could not immediately be reached for comment.
 
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What the fuck Halloween was never racist it is just the modern day/Americanised version of the Scottish festival called Samhain.

Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Scottish/Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld.

Fuck all racist about it at all.
 

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What the fuck Halloween was never racist it is just the modern day/Americanised version of the Scottish festival called Samhain.

Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Scottish/Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld.

Fuck all racist about it at all.
Like I said before
"Everything is racist nowadays"
 

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inb4 christmas is racist.
Ackshually...Christmas is an appropriated pagan holiday that was originally celebrated with massive gay orgies. Pretty silly that anyone would believe Jesus was born in an open stable during the dead of winter.

As for the OP: it's more than a bit misleading. They're cancelling a specific school parade, not Halloween in general. Still kinda ridiculous, but who really cares.
 

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Ackshually...Christmas is an appropriated pagan holiday that was originally celebrated with massive gay orgies. Pretty silly that anyone would believe Jesus was born in an open stable during the dead of winter.

As for the OP: it's more than a bit misleading. They're cancelling a specific school parade, not Halloween in general. Who cares.
It shows we still consider everything as racist
 
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It shows we still consider everything as racist
"Everything" in this case being one particular school's parade that they didn't feel was inclusive enough. I agree that they're being a bit overly-sensitive here, but you're also being a bit hyperbolic, to say the least. IMO it's hardly even newsworthy, let alone worth a post in this section.
 

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"Everything" in this case being one particular school's parade that they didn't feel was inclusive enough. I agree that they're being a bit overly-sensitive here, but you're also being a bit hyperbolic, to say the least. IMO it's hardly even newsworthy, let alone worth a post in this section.
let's be brutally honest here okay?
If people weren't over sensitive wouldn't we be focusing on other problems then something that's already mostly resolved?
 
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let's be brutally honest here okay?
If people weren't over sensitive wouldn't we be focusing on other problems then something that's already mostly resolved?
Obviously not, since there are any number of bigger problems you could've chosen to post about, but you went with this instead.
 

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Why do you think I posted it?
It's to show that our world devotes too much time into problems mostly solved
This problem of Halloween would be easily solved by Americans simply not celebrating a festival that has nothing to do with them and let us Scots celebrate Samhain the way it should be without all the commercialised bullshit that American has attached to it. :lol:
 
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This problem of Halloween would be easily solved by Americans simply not celebrating a festival that has nothing to do with them and let us Scots celebrate Samhain the way it should be without all the commercialised bullshit that American has attached to it. :lol:
It's about having fun and giving companies lots of money for me to look like spider man what's not to like?
 
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