When did this become a thing? We think it was during the Obama presidency when Pajama Boy urged families to talk about health insurance over the holidays, and groups starting offering print-your-own Thanksgiving placemats with handy talking points on social justice and gun control.
This year, white folks having tough conversations with their Trump-loving relatives will be able to turn again to Show Up for Racial Justice, which has set up a text hotline if last year’s talking points aren’t working.
We've gotten loads of questions about it, so we're launching our Holiday Hotline again this year! If you get stuck in conversation with family over Thanksgiving, just text SOS to 82623 and we'll help you out! (You can also text ? to 82623 if you prefer emojis!) pic.twitter.com/KnH8lAGRKI
— ShowUp4RacialJustice (@ShowUp4RJ) November 20, 2017
The hotline also speaks emoji, which is good news for Cher and Chelsea Manning.
This is genius https://t.co/zaWqjfu0kl
— Rebecca Cokley (@RebeccaCokley) November 20, 2017
White folks wanting to do speak up but feeling scared. Our friends here have you covered. https://t.co/Qt1Yb8We8B
— Shay Stewart Bouley (@blackgirlinmain) November 20, 2017
seriously, when you find yourself stuck and unsure of how to engage folks at the holidays, text the folks at SURJ and they'll help walk you through a constructive and meaningful process for engaging the people you love (but who sometimes drive you to distraction)… https://t.co/SGWG8Z8ARO
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) November 20, 2017
Seriously, or you could be an adult.
How about not inviting Trumpster relatives into your home? Problem solved. https://t.co/QzP1ORz3YB
— Elaine Ewing (@elaineewing) November 20, 2017
Editor’s note: Click here if you’d like a printable copy of the newly updated placemat from SURJ, featuring dinner topics like, “Whose Land Are You On?” and “How the Church Has Caused Harm.”
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Harvard creates social justice talking points placemat for Pajama Boy's hot cocoa https://t.co/tMqjyEYawL
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 17, 2015