District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) sent an email to families of students telling them to “decolonize” their Thanksgiving.
The email, sent by Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee, added that Thanksgiving can be “difficult for many.”
“Thanksgiving is a day that can be difficult for many to celebrate as we reflect on the history of the holiday and the horrors inflicted on our indigenous populations. If you celebrate, our Equity team has shared resources for how you can consider decolonizing your Thanksgiving,” the email, which is also posted to their website, said.
The email suggested that “if you host a Thanksgiving meal, consider doing a land acknowledgement.”
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They also suggested articles and books, including some for children, on how to “decolonize” your dinner.
Of course, the email also pushed vaccine booster shots.
“During your holiday celebration, I encourage you and your families to stay safe and follow the Stronger & Safer Together Pledge. All eligible members of our community are also encouraged to receive their COVID-19 booster shot,” the email continued. “Find your vaccine card or access your vaccine record by visiting myir.dc.gov, call your healthcare provider to discuss your options for a booster, or visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you. Together, we can help keep our community safe by getting vaccinated, limiting our travel, and avoiding high risk environments.”