You may be wondering, with just cause I might add, whether I have been taking illegal hallucinogenic substances. The answer is no. This is just another example of political correctness gone mad.
I’m sure that we’re all familiar with the old nursery rhyme, Ba Ba Black Sheep have you any wool? We sang it as small children and, as small children do, we took it at face value as just another nonsense rhyme. However, it is now being modified in many of our nursery schools in the UK as having a black sheep could be deemed to be offensive. Our little darlings up and down the country are now being encouraged to sing Ba Ba Rainbow Sheep instead. The most obvious problem with this is that it doesn’t scan, so will be difficult for the children to sing. But it goes further than that.
First of all, what is a rainbow sheep anyway? If a child asked whether there are black sheep, the answer is quiet clearly yes. They are sheep with a black fleece. However, rainbow sheep are just ridiculous! What purpose do they serve, except maybe Noel Edmunds could breed them and save himself the cost of the dye which goes into his abominable jumpers!
Secondly, where will this all end? We no longer have black boards, but chalk boards. Although, at work we have just completed a project to install interactive white boards in all our schools. Why white boards but not black boards? And what about the white cane, the icon of the blind community? Should we be changing its colour, or calling it a cane devoid of colour? After all, it is a cane first and its colour comes second!
For goodness sake! Black people are black people, and white people are white. That’s what makes us different. Do we really need to avoid mentioning the fact? I’d be particularly interested in your comments if you are reading this and you are black.
As a blind person, I wish people would stop avoiding what they consider to be awkward words. Yes, I watch the television, I am blind, not visually challenged, and I read books.