Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stuff you just couldn't make up

Anne O'Connor is an early years education consultant in the UK. She advises local authorities on the issues of equality and diversity.

If, having read that, you are already bracing for the worst, then brace some more. Anne O'Connor has written a guide for nursery (preschool) teachers, according to which teachers should not hand out white paper to students to draw on. Using white paper, it seems, runs against the spirit of equality and diversity.

Similarly, Anne O'Connor believes that teachers should lie when toddlers ask them what their favourite colour is and always answer either brown or black.

When it comes to dress ups, fairies should be dressed in a colour darker than pink, but witches should wear pink rather than black.

It's the paper thing that really strikes me. It takes some sort of bent out of shape mentality to connect the use of white paper to discrimination.


  1. Mark, I think that when you have a massive Hammer of (Social) Justice, everything looks like a nail.

  2. It seems that the situation is quite bad, that often it's real and not satire. Indeed, if a person says "The day wasn't good for me, it was quite black" does that them hateful, discriminatory, "racist" and the like?

    Isn't black the color of the night? And night is dark, and hence scary, perhaps alluding to monsters that may sneak in?

    There's a pretty red hair color that I like on white men. Does that mean that since I like red, that it's a bad choice because it's also the color of passion, violence, blood and death?

    There is nothing wrong with light, fair colors. If anything, the darkest colors are the most frightening and bad. The author Anne O'Connor is a demented, self-hating woman, who hates herself, whiteness, her family, her community and all of the good present therein.

    She's possibly a traitor, possibly lost in other stuff and has deep psychological issues. The more intriguing question is why does she have a microphone to voice her viewpoints.

    Did she subvert the current political, cultural, social landscape, or was she part of the rot from the beginning? Something else even? Who knows indeed.