Un-Creative Crayola

Posted: April 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Fox News has an item about Crayola’s “Multicultural Crayons”. It has been awhile since we have heard Crayola play the PC game, but they are back in bland, unimaginative shades of brown…

Ahh yes, a box of crayons or markers that are shades of beige to brown.

How many issues do I have with this? Let me count the ways. One.. welcome to “dumbing” down future generations, as they limit creativity. Two.. depending when you were born you may recall other politically correct Crayola decisions… at this point, I think I have lost any respect for Crayola. Three, “multi-cultural”.. expanding on PC crap spoon fed to children.

When you think of culture, are you thinking about someone’s skin color? Odds are you are thinking about their traditions, history, art, food.  What benefit does focusing on skin color offer to children? None.

Another issue I have with “multiculturalism” is the diluting any value of America, our traditions, our history, our importance. Instead our country emphasizes more on other countries, back grounds.. there is more concern over respecting THOSE cultures vs our own. This is a horrible breakdown in our country. Yet Crayola claims “teachable” moments, what are they really “teaching”?

Look at Americans who need to hyphenated their nationality.. and the generalizing anyone who is black as being “African-American” when not all black people are from Africa, and not all Africans are black. This is limiting to people, culture, education, and Americans.

How about a focus on THIS country?? How about stop making skin color an issue, a dividing line. This has also been a political issue for anyone who opposes Obama, where racism is the cry.. when his skin color is not an issue!

I truly am disappointed in Crayola, they need to stop being the PC crayon!

Check out Crayola Color History. Here are some highlights:

  • Prussian Blue (1949 – 1957) *Name changed to “midnight blue” in 1958 in response to teachers’ requests.
  • Flesh (1949 – 1957) **Name voluntarily changed to “peach” in 1962, partially as a result of the U. S. Civil Rights Movement.
  • Indian Red (1958-1971) is renamed Chestnut in 1999 in response to educators who felt some children wrongly perceived the crayon color was intended to represent the skin color of Native Americans. The name originated from a reddish-brown pigment found near India commonly used in fine artist oil paint.

Now look at that.. “flesh” changed to peach, so growing up Caucasians would select “peach” as their related skin town, just as black people would choose a shade of brown, or Asians would choose a shade of gold.. etc. What is the tragedy of a child choosing a color to represent their ownself? Will they be told they wrong if they choose blue or green, since it is not an appropriate race related match?


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