I try to avoid driving when schools close for the day. Schoolkids are generally energised and impatient so their road sense slips. I saw one young fella riding his bike across a major intersection absorbed in his cellphone, maybe chasing Pokemons.
He was wearing a uniform of khaki shorts and shirt and grey woollen stockings – this is sub-tropical Australia after all!
Here’s the stinger – he was wearing a tie!
Mind you, he was lucky – other schools require their pupils to wear grey flannel trousers, blazers and wide brim felt hats too. The girls wear below knee skirts and ties as well. Can you believe it?
Tying decorated strips of cloth around one’s neck is folly and a clear symbol of submission to the yoke of ridiculous convention.
I can understand uniform and tradition as part of the pomp and rituals on special occasions. But not as an everyday practice.
Why oh why are our children obliged to wear ties? They are such stupid, obsolete items of clothing! They are awkward, impractical, functionless, uncomfortable and unnecessary decorations.
I suppose I am farting against thunder; getting Education authorities to embrace reality and the future is not going to happen: their emphasis is on standards, measurement, uniformity and compliance.
Surely school is about enlightenment, creativity and freeing developing minds of our youth! What other impractical conventions are adhered to on such a mass scale?
A Mum proudly posted a picture of her son who painted his white face black, donned a dreadlocked wig to look like his favourite football player and won first prize at a local library parade where children dressed as characters.
She was torched by rants of outraged objectors who claimed the act was racist and she felt compelled to remove her post.
So the boy who won the prize, the librarians who awarded the prize, the boy’s mother who proudly posted the picture are all racists.
White people who imitate Halle Berry or Imam or Jamie Foxx or Michael Jackson may face similar condemnation. Should we ban sun tanning?
But Coloured people in Cape Town proudly and joyously parade in blackface in their own self styled Coon Carnival?
Of course just making oneself look like a black person is not ‘blackfacing’ is it? Shakespeare’s Othello has been portrayed by blackfaced Lawrence Olivier, Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins – to world wide acclaim.
There are too few presumptions of innocence and too much sensitivity to possible harm; too many ready to squeal as a means of drawing attention. Kneejerk reaction based on a single perception assumes harmful intent and attracts swarms of the righteous brigade under the cloak of outraged virtue and political correctness.
It is time that we hold to account the people who unjustifiably claim offence without substantial foundation. Media authorities should penalise publicised information that is based on puffery: that will cull some of the overblown, scandalised cries of hyper-sensitive attention seekers.
This type of one sided, righteous non-sense is what drove reasonably sane and normal people to vote for Trump and Brexit.
*picture by Rosalin Deuters