MSU instructor mocks Christians in class presentation

Amber Athey
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  • A Michigan State University instructor used a PowerPoint presentation in her class to mock Christians and cajole students to bring up police brutality and white privilege at Thanksgiving.
  • The presentation includes advice to help students deal with conservative family members over Thanksgiving, suggesting they be prepared to “counter false logic or other argumentative fallacies.”
  • The final slide features a meme depicting the birth of Jesus with the caption, “Don’t forget to hate refugees as you set up a nativity scene celebrating a Middle Eastern couple desperately looking for shelter.”
  • A Michigan State University instructor used a PowerPoint presentation in her class to mock Christians and cajole students to bring up police brutality and white privilege at Thanksgiving.

    In a PowerPoint provided to Campus Reform, Alba Lamar, a doctoral student who teaches a 400 level Teaching Education course at MSU, gives her students pointers on how to promote and defend progressive views at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

    “Don’t forget to hate refugees as you set up a Nativity scene...”   

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    Lamar’s class is called “Teaching of Social Studies to Diverse Learners,” but that doesn’t stop her from including a meme mocking Christians in her “Happy Thanksgiving” presentation.

    “Don’t forget to hate refugees as you set up a Nativity scene celebrating a Middle Eastern couple desperately looking for shelter,” reads the caption of a meme ridiculing conservative Christians, with the text overlaying a depiction of the birth of Jesus.

    Another slide features a Native American telling a pilgrim, “Sorry but we’re not accepting refugees.”

    The rest of the PowerPoint focuses on preparing students for “difficult conversations” at Thanksgiving dinner, even telling them which topics they should bring up with family, such as “#NoDAPL [Dakota Access Pipeline],” “Racism & police brutality,” “White privilege,” and “undocumented immigration.”

    According to Lamar, family members may respond negatively to these topics because of “lack of information” or “fear,” and therefore students should be prepared to “counter false logic or other argumentative fallacies.”

    A “General Tips” page includes another meme, this one of a Native American with overlaying text stating, “Thanksgiving? Yeah thanks.”

    [RELATED: Universities offer tips for having a ‘green’ Thanksgiving]

    The slide also encourages students to “rely on facts” when they encounter disagreement from family members (suggesting that they should already “know where to get unbiased facts”), but also advises that they “know when to step away” and “remember that loving someone doesn’t mean always agreeing with them.”

    Campus Reform reached out to Lamar for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

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    Amber Athey

    Amber Athey

    Investigative Reporter

    Amber Athey is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and Economics, and is currently a member of the 2016-2017 Koch Associate Program. 

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