I'm declaring that there is a war on Chanukah. It starts on Dec 8th this year, well before Christmas. Yet since this Wed PBS' children's programming, except Sesame Street, (no holiday stuff on SS) has been all about Christmas. Even my not quite 6yo DD is complaining! My DW explained that DD is right but that there are lots more Christians and so they get the programming. We are a very small minority. This is PBS, which gets federal dollars! Our tax dollars are paying for a true lack of diversity this holiday season in children's programming.
You may think that I'm joking, being sarcastic, or writing tongue in cheek. Only the phrase "war on Chanukah" is written tongue in cheek. If you have not had the experience of raising a child in a minority culture, it isn't easy. It would be great if her experience could be normalized & even celebrated ocassionally on venues like PBS, or, alternatively, there was no holiday programming on PBS at this time of year.
We could just refuse her any screen time, like we do on school days. We don't have cable, she attends year-round school, & we only watch PBS when she is off from school. We could be more restrictive, but we are fairly restrictive already. Maybe publically funded television needs to be more diverse at this time of year or avoid holiday programming all together, just like other displays, in order to avoid violating the Establishment Clause.
Hate Is NOT a Family Value.