TAKE MY HERITAGE AND SHOVE IT
I’m generally very
happy with the school my kids attend, but once in a while they tick me
off. This is one of those times.
missive came home informing parents of an impending “Heritage
Celebration.” It says
is important that each child has a sense of his/her heritage background and
feels proud of his/her roots and customs.
A rather elaborate
process is outlined for “helping our children better understand and internalize
Isn’t it MY
prerogative to decide how big a stinking deal needs to be made about our
family’s heritage? The fact is, my
family has been in the good ol’ USA for multiple generations, and so has my
husband’s family. I feel no connection
whatsoever to the “old country” from whence my ancestors came. There are aspects of my upbringing that I do
or will share with the kids, but I don’t see why the school needs to get
If America is the proverbial melting pot, my family
is pretty well incorporated. This may be
a country of immigrants, but after 100 years you lose claim to that title. Do we have to pretend to be holding onto
Eastern European or Norwegian customs to satisfy some multi-cultural agenda? Will my child be shamed because we have no
exotic rituals to share?
Can I call “white
bread American” a heritage?