A “workshop” for school teachers was recently held in Washington D.C., for the purpose of convincing these teachers to start lecturing students about a more violent version of the original Thanksgiving, Time magazine reports.
The workshop, “Rethinking Thanksgiving in Your Classroom,” took place on November 9th, and was led by a far-left activist named Renee Gokey. Gokey told the teachers in attendance, without evidence, that the original Thanksgiving was celebrating the burning of a Pequot village and the killing of a Wampanoag leader’s son.
While schools have traditionally taught about the first Thanksgiving, in the year 1621, as a moment of peace between the Pilgrims and the Indians, some are seeking to indoctrinate students with anti-white and anti-American rhetoric by claiming that the Pilgrims were violent towards the native inhabitants.
Following the workshop, several teachers were convinced of this far-left narrative. Tonia Parker, a second-grade teacher from Alexandria, Virginia, said that she felt she had been “teaching a lot of misconceptions.” Fifth-grade teacher Kristine Jessup of Chantilly, Virginia, said that she now believes “it is my obligation as an educator to ensure that history does not get hidden.”