Anti-Thanksgivingā potluck sparks controversy on UVA campus
An āanti-Thanksgiving potluckā 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 ādiscuss Thanksgiving from a Native American perspectiveā over a potluck dinner.
The anti-Thanksgiving celebration will provide a ācontrastā¦with the
typical American view of Thanksgiving,ā 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 groupās potluck, but disagrees with this particular event as a means to convey their message.
āThey think that by doing events that put down what people understand to be modern Americanās realization of the American dream and American story is a way to raise awareness about the less glamorous parts of Americaās history,ā said Bailey.
āThatās frankly not true,ā she added.
Marian Anderfursen, Director of Media Relations for UVA, told Campus Reform that the university encourages such political dialogue on campus.
āOur students are engaged in issues and they explore a lot of different ideas and we support that,ā she said.
According to their website, one of AISUās primary objectives is to provide āan 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.ā