Yeah, it’s a complicated holiday—part of a mythical American origin story masking ugly truths about who’s really had a place at our nation’s table over the last 400 years. (Our friends at Learning for Justice have some helpful resources on all that.) And this particular Thanksgiving brings a lot of the same health concerns as last year, with COVID-19 cases rising again in our own area, plus new anxieties over the long-term impact of the pandemic, crazy inflation, high-stakes court cases… Even our holiday shopping is threatened by supply chain issues and sustainability worries. It’s like a big bubbling cranberry sauce of uh-oh.
And yet: we’re still here. Our Democracy & Me family has grown a lot this year, bringing together students from all over the world, and most of us are able to be with at least some of our loved ones over this long weekend. We do have a lot to be thankful for. So let’s focus on that.
- Emma Feldmeier (host), Wyoming H.S.
- Cierra Britten, University of Cincinnati
- Nazret Degaulle, Walnut Hills H.S.
- Lael Ingram, Walnut Hills H.S.
- Enock Sadiki, Aiken H.S.
- Tasnim Saad, Aiken H.S.
- Hafsah Daikho, Aiken H.S.
- Andres Vargas, Aiken H.S.
- Michelle Miao, Talawanda H.S.
Conversation recorded on Zoom Nov. 22, 2021; edited by Zeratul Bryan, Taft I.T. H.S.