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Who eats crow on Turkey Day: teaching justice on Thanksgiving

Date:
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Event Type:
Teach-In
Organizer/Author:
David Giesen
Email:
Phone:
415-948-4265
Location Details:

Some bash a Pilgrim-centric telling of the Thanksgiving story because it marginalizes the role native Americans played in the survival of the unfortunate colonists from England.

Others passively-aggressively pity the native Americans as the first peoples aggrievedly, but hopelessly resisted the metal and flint armed Euro-refugees.

Still others trumpishly ignore the question of social justice, but simply sow good cheer within their domicile's enclosure as they add paunch to their Judy while lip-smacking bird grease and taters.

Educators, and those in prospective hurly-burly conversation with friends and family this holiday season regarding Pilgrim-cancelling and woke Indian talk, are cordially invited to participate in an interactive seminar exploring the "living document" approach to teaching the Thanksgiving story.

By "living document" we mean we will approach the Thanksgiving tale as holding practical relevance for public legislation today. And yes, by using "living document" we are provocatively alluding to the faux-Originalist/Amy Barrett faction of historians who hew to the 1950's Pledge-of-Allegiance style Thanksgiving tale of self-reliant Protestants munificently leading the Indians out of their doomed savagery.

Using a grade-school picture book, we'll decode the profound human habitat animus story of 1620-21that challenges us today to open borders but close the circle. By "open borders" we mean welcome trade, and by "close the circle" we mean embrace excluding no one from the land.

FREE. $5 guarantee.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Nov 9, 2020 6:40PM
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