Video: Student Club Plans 'Anti-Thanksgiving Potluck' at University of Virginia

| by Michael Allen

While most people are preparing turkeys for Thanksgiving, an “anti-Thanksgiving potluck” is planned for Monday night at the University of Virginia (video below).

The event, hosted by the American Indian Student Union [AISU], plans to “discuss Thanksgiving from a Native American perspective” over the potluck dinner.

AISU president Katelyn Krause told NBC 29 that the event was "basically a get-together over food to discuss a native's perspective on Thanksgiving, the history behind it, what role Native Americans played in Thanksgiving, contrast that with the typical American view of Thanksgiving."

In addition to the anti-Thanksgiving potluck, the AISU will be hosting a screening of 'The Only Good Indian,' a film which shows how Native Americans were forced to accept white American society.

Nicole Bailey, Executive-in-Chief of the campus paper The Virginia Advocate, told "They think that by doing events that put down what people understand to be modern American’s realization of the American dream and American story is a way to raise awareness about the less glamorous parts of America’s history. That’s frankly not true."

Marian Anderfursen, Director of Media Relations for the University of Virginia, said: "Our students are engaged in issues and they explore a lot of different ideas and we support that."