Anti-Thanksgiving‚Äô potluck sparks controversy on UVA campus
An ‚Äúanti-Thanksgiving potluck‚ÄĚ planned for Monday night is stirring controversy on the University of Virginia (UVA) campus.
The event, hosted by the American Indian Student Union (AISU), aims to ‚Äúdiscuss Thanksgiving from a Native American perspective‚ÄĚ over a potluck dinner.
The anti-Thanksgiving celebration will provide a ‚Äúcontrast‚Ä¶with the
typical American view of Thanksgiving,‚ÄĚ AISU president Katelyn Krause
promised an NBC affiliate.
Krause declined an interview with Campus Reform.
Nicole Bailey, Executive-in-Chief of the conservative newspaper, The Virginia Advocate, however, told Campus Reform that she understands the intent of the group‚Äôs potluck, but disagrees with this particular event as a means to convey their message.
‚ÄúThey think that by doing events that put down what people understand to be modern American‚Äôs realization of the American dream and American story is a way to raise awareness about the less glamorous parts of America‚Äôs history,‚ÄĚ said Bailey.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs frankly not true,‚ÄĚ she added.
Marian Anderfursen, Director of Media Relations for UVA, told Campus Reform that the university encourages such political dialogue on campus.
‚ÄúOur students are engaged in issues and they explore a lot of different ideas and we support that,‚ÄĚ she said.
According to their website, one of AISU‚Äôs primary objectives is to provide ‚Äúan American Indian point-of-view by participating in campus debates on diversity and voicing support concerns on actions of both student government and the University administration.‚ÄĚ