I was sent an e-mail today containing a link to an article on sky news about political correctness. (read before reading on here!)
All I can say is this is polictical correctness, and indeed the world really, gone totally and utterly mad. Its all down to parents now; teach your children the right way to sing nursery rhymes. It’s not about the political correctness of the matter, it never has been, its been about entertaining kids.
Don’t tell me kids get ideas about predudice from nursery rhymes; they don’t, its just entertainment. Kids will make up their own mind when they grow up about whats correct or not; don’t take away a wholesome childhood just because the mere mention of a colour throws up racism in your mind. Its utterly insane. Black is a colour, like white is a colour, like blue is a colour. The nursery rhyme should be seen in no more sinister a light than that.
These political correctness advocates need their heads banging together – hard.
Still, on a lighter note, if you really must change what in my mind are unchangable names, why not make them future proof. Who knows, maybe rainbow will be offensive someday. Lets make sure that the rhymes are open to interpretation and are not directly related to anything. I say use HEX coding for the colours, so we can keep black sheep, but call it 000000 sheep. Then for the political correct among you it’s just a number. And besides, in a world where the future is computers and technology, can it do our kids any harm to come out of nursery knowing HEX?