How to Have a 'Woke' Thanksgiving According to 'Newsweek'
While most of us are hoping to get through Thanksgiving without having to fight about politics with loved ones at the dinner table, our friends on the left -- as usual -- are plotting to use the occasion to "civically" engage us.
Newsweek writer Carlos Ballesteros came up with some great ideas for the "woke" community to employ as they continue in their endeavors to enlighten their backward relatives. His suggestions for Thanksgiving table conversation topics include Native American struggles, hunger and poverty, global warming, football player head traumas, and the ravages of the most reviled president in history -- President Trump.
"Thanksgiving offers a unique opportunity to civically engage with those closest to us," Ballesteros writes. "It’s the dirty work all democracies depend on." Yes, apparently leftists believe it's their civic duty to lecture their Neanderthal relatives about controversial issues at holiday gatherings.
He continues unironically: "So, in an effort to promote thoughtful discussion, here’s Newsweek’s guide to having a conscious, or 'woke', Thanksgiving."
Being woke at Thanksgiving apparently involves bringing up the struggles facing Native American communities at the dinner table.
Native Americans are facing a litany of issues throughout the country. Recently, the Navajo Nation and other tribes are concerned over the prospect of uranium mining being resumed on public lands near the Grand Canyon under the Trump administration.
It’s also worth noting that this time last year, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies were being hosed down by police in freezing weather for protesting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. And as you’ll probably see once you turn on your television on Thursday, the Washington, D.C.’s football team still has a racist name and broadcasters aren’t doing anything about it.
Take the time and make an effort to bring up these conversations throughout the night. (And make sure you read up on the history of settler colonialism in North America!) It’s difficult, but it’s the least we can do as occupants living on stolen land.
Yes, Ballesteros is actually asking that fellow travelers cram before the big Thanksgiving table test so they have all their lefty talking points squared away. We can't have knuckle-dragging conservative Uncle Bob getting the better of us on the history of colonialism in North America!
His next idea involves volunteering at a local food drive or soup kitchen. Yes, helping the needy is always a worthy cause and a noble sentiment -- unless you are doing it to virtue signal in front of your relatives at the Thanksgiving table.
"According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one in eight Americans—or a little over 40 million people—struggle with hunger," Ballesteros informs us. Left unsaid is what sort of thoughtful discussion at the Thanksgiving dinner table he thinks should spring from it.