NBC’s Saturday Night Live aired an original skit for its Thanksgiving edition Nov. 22, 2015, titled “A Thanksgiving Miracle.” The skit weaves in and out of conversation with a Caucasian family sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal.
While at the table, obviously politically incorrect statements are made about entry of refugees, ISIS, the African American boyfriend joining the meal, his “friends antagonizing the police,” and transgender as a trend.
“Thanksgiving with family can be hard,” the text reads after the first comment about refugees exits the aunt’s mouth.
Another comment about “seeing an ISIS in the A&P today” is followed by text: “Everyone has different opinions and beliefs.”
“But there’s one thing that unites us all.”
The young girl sitting at the table calmly leaves her chair and approaches a boom box, starts music and returns to her seat at the table.
Adele begins wafting through the room and everyone at the Thanksgiving table becomes silent, uniting with the lyrics of the artist’s single, “Hello.”
Grandparents arrive late and begin a slew of similarly inappropriate comments. The little girl sighs, rolls her eyes and starts Adele up to once again unite the family through song.
The skit goes to ridiculous levels in true SNL form, and at the conclusion of the skit, the little girl faces the camera and says, “Thanks, Adele.”
As we enter into another holiday season and family begins to gather around a unified dinner table, we must attempt at being the “Adele” for our gathering. While current leaders in our world don’t present shining examples of civility, local groups like Better Angels and the Center for a Vital Community are striving to spread civility to everyone.
It seems impossible — and maybe it is — to change the world starting with one dinner table, but I believe it is worth more than a college try. It’s an obligation as human beings to not necessarily find a middle ground, but to open up for understanding of others’ views.
Strive for understanding rather than having other people see it your way. Start with a close family member at the Thanksgiving table, then move to a friend or coworker with differing opinions. Open up and try understanding your peers in the 2020 political year, then share that skill with others from whom you know would benefit.
Maybe Sheridan can be a shining example of civility in a world that has rejected that idea to believe their opinions are ultimate truth.
Enjoy your time with family, read about civility in Sheridan in our biggest edition of the year — which will be on the doorsteps of each city of Sheridan citizen by Turkey Day — and “be the Adele” at your holiday table this year.