Before digging into your food, use Thanksgiving grace as an opportunity to get folks thinking and to recognize white privilege. Commit to using Thanksgiving grace as a way to raise awareness.
Here are some examples to get you started:
- I am thankful I can wear a symbol of my religion – like a cross – without fearing attack.
- I am thankful I can travel abroad, without worrying whether I’ll be allowed back in my country.
- I am thankful I can arrive late at the airport, and still rush through security and catch my flight. I am thankful I can run to catch a flight, without drawing attention or having security called.
- I am thankful I don’t have to worry that my parents or I will be deported.
- I am thankful I don’t have to rely on a white friend or coworker to hail a taxi for me, or get me a menu at a restaurant.
- I am thankful that I when I’m feeling lazy, I can roll out in sweatpants and a hoodie without worrying someone might think I’m dangerous, homeless, or something else.
- I am thankful I can speak my native language without fear of attack or judgment.
- I am thankful I don’t have to hide my relationship with my partner, and can publicly express my affection for them without being called faggot or something else. I am thankful I don’t have to worry about the Supreme Court invalidating my marriage.
- I am thankful for the civil rights leaders that sparked a movement through their courage; they were able to move beyond her fears and put themselves on the line for human dignity and basic civil rights. I pray for the courage and fortitude to take steps big and small that can open the way to a better world for all people (or God’s children, depending on your religious bend) regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or sexual identity.
- I am thankful for the organizations and fighters (e.g, ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Common Cause, Planned Parenthood) that are working to preserve our freedoms and democracy.
- I am thankful for my safety and physical security. I pray for those who have been victimized over the past several weeks, and those who feel less safe due to their race, religion, sexual orientation or skin color that they may find peace and no harm may come to them.
- I am thankful for all my blessings and the advantages I have. I pray that our world be filled with more compassion and understanding for those who are different than us, that we may love strangers as well as our neighbors as ourselves.
- I am thankful for the clean water that we drink and made this food with. I pray that the Native peoples in North Dakota continue to have access to clean water, safety and autonomy in the face of the Dakota Access pipeline.
- I am thankful for the suffragettes who fought for my equality and rights to participate in this imperfect democracy. I pray for the courage and strength to do them proud and to continue to fight for our democracy in which all people are created equal and can have their voices heard.