Thanksgiving … from the perspective of Indigenous perspective
Jane Elliott stirred emotions across the country when she divided children into groups to teach them about racial prejudice in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Decades later, she is a woman still dedicated to bridging gaps. The following comment is from an interview in September 2012:
Most interesting was her view on how whites would live if they wanted to be racist, stating, “If you want to be racist, you have to give up everything.” She pointed out the inventions and contributions of blacks, and what a white racist would have to go without — living uncomfortably. “You need to walk barefoot through a street, and refuse a hospital visit because blacks created the car, left and right shoes, stoplights, and blood transfusion.” She also noted, “Your meals would not be as exciting with[out] rice coming from Asia, pasta from China, and peanut butter from a black man.” Read More
It was a prank. But it wasn’t funny. How would you handle this if it happened in your community?
Break through the stereotypes . . . and take others with you.