Pink witches, tan paper

o help preschoolers “unlearn” racism, toy witches should wear pink, while fairies should be clad in darker shades, advise British equality experts. White paper should be replaced with paper that matches darker skin tones, advises consultant Anne O’Connor.

Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer “black” or “brown”.

The measures, outlined in a series of guides in Nursery World magazine, are aimed at avoiding racial bias in toddlers as young as two.

“People might criticise this as political correctness gone mad,” says O’Connor.  “But it is because of political correctness we have moved on enormously.”

Wizard of Oz film still: Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says

Wizard of Oz, 1939 Photo: REX FEATURES

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  1. Good intentions gone astray because of wishful thinking. Only if the entire culture adopted the same strategies could this policy have any effect. And entire cultures only rarely take these kinds of actions. When they do, it can be a good thing — Stepin Fetchit-type characters did disappear from movies, and that’s a good thing. But, forgive me, preschool teachers do not set cultural standards.

  2. No child is going to be scarred by so-called “racism” if somebody tells them that their favorite color is green or blue, say, instead of black or brown. And I’m surprised the homosexual lobby hasn’t complained about associating the color pink with witches. I suppose all this just demonstrates the brilliance of “equality experts” – what a vapid phrase.

  3. Lying to students – what a great way to teach!

  4. Deirdre Mundy says:

    Wait—witches have GREEN SKIN. What does GREEN have to do with racism? And Pink and Green don’t look as cool as black and green. Plus, it’s really hard to lurk in shadows while wearing pastels…….

    Sigh. You know how we could really put the kibosh on racism? If we stopped acting like “race” was actually worth talking about!

  5. Black letters on white paper are easier to read than brown letters on brown paper. Then again, I don’t know anyone who’s as white as a piece of paper, unless they’re ancient, deathly ill, or terrified (thus, the expression, “his faced turned white,” or blanched.)

    Why provide toddlers with paper, anyways? That presumes the purpose of school is literacy and numeracy, rather than the proper attitudes. Let them cut up brown paper grocery bags–that will be skin-tone aware and have a lower carbon footprint!

    Let’s see…night is dark, so let’s require all little kids to sleep with a night light! Oh, wait a minute, will they be more or less afraid of the dark with a night light?

    There is a long history of nutty nursery school theories. Given a choice, I’d rather sign little ones up for a nursery-school in the woods, as in Germany, than for a curriculum designed by an anti-racism consultant to a British town council.

    What about the bias against brilliant “equality experts”?

  6. I presume there will be no more white bathroom tissue, either, right?

  7. Richard Aubrey says:

    If you’re an equality expert, you have to justify your job. Actually looking around and not finding racism would be a career-killer. And since they’re “experts”, others will defer to their judgment.

  8. “Diversity consultants” have a fascinating career trajectory: the better they do their jobs, the more regular people want to just kill them.

    To conflate white paper and black ink with racism boggles the mind. Can’t one see it equally as “writing white on white doesn’t work and black on black doesn’t work, it only works when you have BOTH white and black working together.”? I mean, if you’re looking for a lesson here, isn’t that one a hell of a lot easier than changing to brown pencils on brown paper?