Krenshaw - It is never, ever too early to teach children about tolerance. It is not enough to "wait until they are older" for them to learn that an ethnic group was treated wrongly in history, and how important it is to treat people with respect, as evidenced by the fact that you yourself never learned it. Waiting for someone else to teach children to respect differences is how they grow up to be prejudiced bullies. Some already are.
Many teachers do not teach what happened after the first Thanksgiving. Are you Native American? If you're not sure what there is to be sorrowful for, ask the millions of Native Americans who call Thanksgiving the "National Day of Mourning."
When I talked about being offensive, I meant that I hoped I wasn't being offensive in the way that I presented Native Americans by having the children wear headbands and eat a feast that re-enacts what for many is a sad moment in history.
I'm sorry you took offense to the topic of tolerance and empathy, since it is so obviously needed in this world.
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