“reject traditions that sustain harmful stereotypes about Indigenous peoples”
The article includes tips on how to teach this idea to children. Wasn’t it nice of them to include that?
Campus Reform reports:
MSU offers tools to teach children about Thanksgiving ‘Day of Mourning’
Michigan State University recently published an article calling to recognize Thanksgiving as a “Day of Mourning” in order to consider the Native American perspective, complete with relevant educational materials for grade school children.
The article titled “Fourth Thursday in November marks National Day of Mourning, others celebrate Thanksgiving,” was published by MSU Extension, and indicated Nov. 28, 2019 as the 50th anniversary of the “National Day of Mourning.”
The holiday in place of Thanksgiving celebrates the “remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience,” according to the United American Indians of New England in Plymouth.
Citing the first Thanksgiving “story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags joining together in neighborly friendship,” MSU Extension goes on to explain that the European colonist and Native relationship was “largely marked by hostility, racism, oppression, and genocide.”
MSU proposes that the current “traditional” Thanksgiving story includes “cultural myths and misinformation,” and is damaging to Naive Americans. MSU cites “Teaching Tolerance” as an appropriate resource, among others, for youth-centered educational materials on the matter.
Amanda Morris for Teaching Tolerance addresses an educator’s “ethical obligation to provide students with accurate information and to reject traditions that sustain harmful stereotypes about Indigenous peoples.”
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