It's that time of year again...

Not everyone is going to have a happy Thanksgiving, the history of it aside. Some of us will get stuck breaking bread with those who’d rather we not have it at all. Family members who are racist, ableist, classist, ageist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. whose “opinions” invalidate the very existences of many of us.

And to top it all off, there are the events in Ferguson that such family members are likely to rant and rave about. If you’re in no position to argue against them, see if you can try and recommend that politics not be discussed at the dinner table. An unspoken rule of table manners tends to be that neither politics nor religion are part of dinner conversation, so you may be able to use that to your advantage.

If you’re magically inclined, you have a bit more in your arsenal, even if you aren’t the cursing type. Here’s some spells that I feel would help best:

Do what you can to keep yourself safe. If that means silence, do it. If it means nodding in fake agreement with problematic comments, do it. If it means misrepresenting your own viewpoints, do it. What’s happened in Ferguson and around the world is important to spread awareness of, but your words may fall on ears with selective hearing that belong to dangerous individuals. Don’t put yourself at risk if you don’t feel that you can bear any possible backlash. 

If nothing else, there are many ways you can support the protesters in Ferguson.