I read an article today which said, “You probably don’t come close to realizing the degree to which indigenous people suffered and sacrificed so that America could be what it is today. Even if you’re well meaning, you’re probably not as grateful as you should be.” There are some great articles out today on MIC and TruthDig (by @Chelsey.Luger) on acknowledging the indigenous sacrifice this season and Teen Vogue just posted a powerful video, below, that’s worth watching. Here, the girls school us on the REAL history behind Thanksgiving — detailing the genocide of Native American people by the European settlers and American colonists. They also touch on the “Dakota 38” — what’s now known as the largest mass execution in US history, where 38 Dakota men were put to death by Abraham Lincoln.
When indigenous folks critique holidays that erase the reality of their historic oppression, listen + amplify their voices. According to The United American Indians of New England today “is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression Native Americans continue to experience.” I thought I would post about this because I figure you can still be grateful for your life and loved ones today, and acknowledge other people’s sensitivity to historic suffering today and how it laid the foundation for others comfort. And I know my followers are able to do both. Thoughts with all today – happy or sad.