|I, too, was offended as a child by the tale of the 3 little pigs. It always amazes me how kids in the west are all subject to this not-so-subtle bias.
No sanctuary for the Three Little Pigs
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Did you have a golliwog when you were a child? We had one at our school; I loved it. Unfortunately so did all the other kids - consequently I hardly ever got near it.
We used to sing 'Bah-bah black sheep have you any wool?' it was a playground favourite. Occasionally, if she was in a good mood, our teacher would allow us to draw pictures on the blackboard. All in all we had a pretty good time.
Little did we realise that we were all a bunch of racists espousing the doctrine of Aryan superiority?
One of my best pals was an Indian lad; considering the amount of time he spent around our house you would have thought he could have told me.
Maybe we were just too busy playing conkers, swapping marbles and making catapults for him to mention it?
I doubt when the West Indian kids in our class were huffing and puffing along with the rest of us at the Three Little Pigs they ever suspected they were taking part in an attempt to undermine the entire Muslim faith.
For a class of 30 the task ultimately proved too great but had we succeeded we could have changed the face of the world.
Of course the divisive 'blackboard' has long since been replaced by the innocuous 'chalkboard' and children must now question 'white sheep' equally on the availability of wool.
Currently there is a move afoot to ban the Three Little Pigs from schools and the much beloved 'golliwog' is to be expunged from our history.
A good thing too if you ask me. Most of my pals were totally oblivious of colour, creed or religion.
All they cared about was how good you were at football and who could build the best den.
When they should have been debating the role of ethnic minorities in a multicultural society they were actually encouraging anyone with a water-pistol to join our gang.
Instead of filtering our language, monitoring our play and censoring our reading material we were all cheering shamelessly for the Three Little Pigs with little thought for the damage we were inflicting upon the world of Islam.
With all the political correctness surrounding them today these children no longer risk being effortlessly assimilated into a gang of scallywags such as ours.
Thanks to headteachers, politicians and sociologists innocent little kids from ethnic backgrounds now stick out like a sore thumb.
Golly would turn in his grave.