Political Correctness That Strains Credulity

I’m interrupting myself from the telling of stories and the showing of pictures that chart my recent trip to the Grand Canyon–interrupting myself because I can’t wait to fume with you a little about Political (and social, I presume) Correctness. Remember the phrase–truth is stranger than fiction? Well, I’m bringing you a couple of stories that strain credulity.

The first is one I’ve had in my files since early June. Takes place in Japan.

“Heady anticipation circled the room as the parents of primary students settled into their seats. Lights were lowered, and then the awaited moment was here–the curtain drew open, and the performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs began. Strange thing, though, the entire cast were playing the part of Snow White.

For the audience of menacing mothers and feisty fathers the sight of 25 Snow Whites, no dwarfs and no wicked witch was a triumph, for they had taken on the system and won. After a relentless campaign of bullying, hectoring and nuisance phone calls, the parents had cowed the teachers into submission, forcing the school to admit to the injustice of selecting just one girl to play the title role.”

Source The London Times

The second I learned of only today.

“Again from the “this-make-absolutely-no-sense” file. The mayor of Beechwood, Ohio has elected to cancel the Little League All-Star game to avoid hurting the self esteem of the kids who are not selected for the team.

He’s not kidding. First, we stopped keeping score because we did not want the losers to feel bad. Now, we can’t single out the best performers and recognize them for being at the top of their sport.

Here’s the full story, and an excerpt. …

In March, Beachwood Mayor Merle Gordon sent a letter to parents of children involved in the Little League program stating the city was canceling the All-Star game based on information provided in an article written by the founder of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Fred Engh.

The article suggested that All-Star games take away from sportsmanship and hurts the self esteem of players, especially younger players.

In the article Engh states, “There’s nothing like sticking a dagger into a youngster’s self-esteem the first season he plays the sport by letting him know that he’s not good enough or considered worthy to be part of this elite group of teammates. That’s not the message we want to send to children who are already less active and more obese than any previous generation in history.”

… At what point do you think it would be ok to introduce these kids to the fact that some people are smarter, faster and better looking than they are?

No more valedictorians, no more grades and no more All-Star teams. This type of attitude will completely destroy the American education system – it’s already pretty close – and will probably start to cause serious issues for U.S. businesses.

We’re educating a new generation of wimps.”

From Steve M. Conservative 247

I believe my sources for these articles to be reputable, but it is actually hard to believe such nonsense would even be considered, much less instituted. As my eyes read the words of both these accounts, my mind was screeching, Surely this cannot be so.

Can you even imagine Snow White performed with 25 little boys and little girls all dressed and prancing around as Snow White? That’s insanity. How can there even be a story line or how can any sense at all be made of the production? How? Have we completely lost our minds?

What of life lessons that should be learned from not being the star, not being the best, the smartest, the most talented? Shall every person on the planet be sheltered from failure and from the inevitable moment of hurt feelings? How will our children learn that talent and abilities vary among us, and that we’re good at some things and abysmal at others?

What of learning that being Snow White or on the All-Star team do not create superior humans. What of the little girl who was the best actress or the little boy (or girl) who should have been on the All-Star Team?

We laugh at the term Political Correctness but it has cost us dearly. To ridiculous extreme, we must be at guard so that we offend no one, that we don’t appear homophobic, insensitive, or racist.  Are forever gone the wicked witch, the dwarfs and the All-Star Team? Has Political Correctness grappled with us to such degree that it has quite snatched common sense from our heads?

Edit July 2: Check over on the Sisphus files where is posted a piece in which the British have apologized to the Muslims for posting a picture of a dog in the Brit’s own advertisement material. Seems the Muslims complained because dogs are “dirty.”

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7 thoughts on “Political Correctness That Strains Credulity

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  2. renaissanceguy

    So far, the adult world doesn’t operate this way. Movies and plays have few leading roles and lots of bit parts and parts of extras. That’s just the way it is.

    People get hired and promoted based on talent and effort. That’s just the way it is.

    All kinds of awards are given to people for achievement. They provide an incentive, and the recipients are examples of what others should strive to be.

    We’re setting these kids up for huge dismay and shock if we shield them from competition.

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  3. Hi, Mike

    We are absolutely ruining our world with this rubbish. It is so preposterous that it is hard to believe some of these stories.

    Failure and striving are ultimately for our good. Jerry and I are working with some people now who are struggling with addictions, and one of the young women–probably barely 20–tells us how good it feels now to be holding a job, and how it helps her to stumble into her house at night–tired. “Keeps me from partying so much,” were her very words.

    We don’t need to be led around like sheep and to have food handed to us on a plate–we need to strive, be disappointed, strive some more, work and labor…find our own talents and encourage that of others.

    There is great value in being needy–from both sides of the issue. It is tremendous to be able to help someone–to hand them food when they’re hungry, to give them a bed when they’re tired, but most of all to help them find their own place of success so that in turn they can be a giver.

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  4. Political correctness will only serve to turn the masses into sheep, to be shepherded (is this a word?) by those who somehow have power, money, and make all our decisions for us, as we won’t have the ability to make a decision without offending someone. Then social revolution happens, the masses overtake the powerful minority, recreating a system fo fairness, where there will again be masses of equally poor people under the charges of a few “movement leaders”. It’s pure and total baloney. In order to succeed at a greater level, one must learn the ropes, maybe even fail a few times. Failure can be the biggest motivator to help oen strive to be a better person, player, business owner, etc.
    Some examples, Ben Carson: black man from the ghetto, poor family, rises to become the leading pediatric neurosurgeon for the world.
    Chris (cant remember his last name) who rose from poor singel father sleeping in bathrooms with his kid to top notch investor who provided for his family as well as multiple charities and other causes. Herb Brooks, 1980 US Olympic hockey coach, and hundreds of thousands of others.
    Those who do not learn the lessons of life, and strive for more, will never help themselves, much less anybody else. They will fail overall, and remain in the masses of the nameless who never are remembered for their contributions to society. Just my opinion.

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  5. This just makes me sick! As a mother of 5 children, three of whom are fiesty boys, I am often faced with having to tell them that not everything can be equal and that life is sometimes not fair. But those are the facts….so deal with it! How many times has my younger children asked to stay up later because their older sister is? And how many times have I told them no, there are some things you get to do when you are the oldest. That’s just how life is…..good grief, we need to get a serious grip!

    Good morning, Shawnna. While it is absolutely funny to imagine the whole cast playing the part of Snow White, the ramifications of such decisions are serious. Not only will we see negative results in the future, we are observing them now, I believe. It is affecting our entire society.

    Glad you’ve kept brains in your sweet head.

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