Accuracy in Media

I think most of us can remember learning nursery rhymes while growing up and in some cases teaching and singing them to our children. Now the traditional nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep has fallen victim to political correctness in Great Britain.

According to BBC News two nurseries in Oxfordshire have decided to revise this famous rhyme by changing the word black to rainbow. When was the last time you saw a rainbow colored sheep? The correct answer would be never since they don’t exist.

The nurseries are run by a charity called Parents and Children Together (Pact) and they say the move was educational and had nothing to do with racial concerns. Officials told BBC News that “Pact has established that children sing a variety of descriptive words in the nursery rhyme to turn the song into an action rhyme,” adding that “They sing happy, sad, bouncing, hopping, pink, blue, black and white sheep etc. and they also exchange boy and girl at the end of each rhyme.”

At one nursery where they won’t change the words a spokesperson said in response that “Realistically, they are not going to see rainbow sheep in the fields. There are much better ways of addressing these issues.” At least someone still has a level head.

In a related story, in 2000 the Birmingham City Council education chiefs issued a warning that Baa Baa Black Sheep shouldn’t be taught in schools because it was “racially offensive” It was soon scrapped after black parents condemned the warning as ridiculous.

If this nonsense is allowed to continue I can envision someone changing Humpty Dumpty to a brown egg and accusing the king’s men of being racist for not putting him back together again because the color of his shell.. Ridiculous? Not in this world.

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