Matthew Green

Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, an online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at

Weren’t the Pilgrims Refugees Too?

Regardless of where you stand on the question of admitting Syrian refugees into the United States, there is a certain undeniable irony in watching this heated political debate unfold during Thanksgiving, a national holiday centered around (symbolically, at least) concepts of gratitude, benevolence and coexistence.