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Even Children and Snack Cakes Are Not Immune

To Political Correctness

By Denny West, Staff Writer
On April 24, 2019


The following op-ed piece contains language about popular American snack food items that some readers might find offensive.  You may think I’m joking with that opening line and although I kind of am, sadly, I am also kind of not.   

I feel the need to once again air a grievance over the state of political correctness in our world today.  But first, let’s get to the snack food controversy.   

A 9-year-old student at William P. Tatem Elementary in Collingswood, New Jersey, was talking about his fondness for the snack cake we call brownies.  A fellow classmate overhead the word brownie and took it as a racial slight.  That student informed the teacher, the teacher informed the cops, the cops informed child services.  This may sound like an article for the news satire site The Onion but it’s all too serious... way too serious.   

A child was literally subjected to police interrogation (they came to the school) and the child’s parents to investigation by child protective services.  The parents of the young man who made the comment insist that he was talking about the chocolate snack and not using “brownie” in a racist manner.  

Outraged parents contacted the school and wondered why this situation wasn’t handled in house and why outside forces needed to be involved. 

It reassures me that so many parents were upset over this ridiculous and over the top “controversy” that should have been taken care of by a simple conversation between both students and a responsible adult teacher.   

I am saddened that we live in a world where even the mention of a brownie can be construed as racist in the first place.  I don’t know the student who took offense at the word.  I don’t know their upbringing or their history and certainly one has the right to take anything in any way that feels right for them.  

What I do know is this: When I was a child and as a young man, I could have a conversation about brownies with any friend or co-worker, of any race or creed, and the only disagreement would be on whether or not you liked your brownies with pecans or without.   

I don’t have all the answers so Google the story and make your own judgment.  All I ask is that you take a moment to think to yourself, “Have we taken things too far? Could our resources be put to better use?” and most importantly, “Has political correctness finally gone too far?”  I for one think we have bigger issues on the table and if we don’t get our priorities right, only tougher times lay ahead.

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