Within the pursuits of “range” and “inclusion,” USA In the present day was prepared to play Debbie Downer on Thanksgiving. On the highest of web page A-2 of their Wednesday-Thursday paper got here the headline “Indigenous people plan day of mourning.” Reporter Michelle Shen started:
How do Indigenous individuals spend Thanksgiving?
For a lot of, moderately than a celebration of peace and shared prosperity between Native Individuals and Pilgrims, Thanksgiving represents the darkish shadow of genocide and the resilience of Native individuals.
The identical message was despatched on Twitter:
For a lot of Indigenous individuals, Thanksgiving represents the darkish shadow of genocide and resilience. https://t.co/F30KkNCMw4
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 23, 2021
For tribal citizen Dennis W. Zotigh, Thanksgiving is “a day of mourning.” Zotigh is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Winter Clan, and a descendant of Sitting Bear and No Retreat, each principal warfare chiefs of the Kiowas.
“To most Natives, Thanksgiving just isn’t a celebration,” Zotigh says. “Natives, notably within the New England space, bear in mind this tried genocide as a factual a part of their historical past and are reminded every year in the course of the trendy Thanksgiving.”
Joshua Arce, president and CEO of the Partnership With Native Individuals, referred to as Thanksgiving “a day of mourning” that creates multigenerational and intergenerational trauma. He associates it with Eurocentric phrases that got here to dominate Native peoples, like “colonization,” “discovery” and “manifest future.”
Naturally, these “Native” leftists wish to train a historical past of “genocide” and colonization to highschool youngsters:
[Sioux Indian Julie] Garreau says the highest factor that folks can do is get educated and study the true historical past of Thanksgiving.
Garreau factors out that Native Individuals in South Dakota have lengthy been attempting to alter faculty curriculums to extra precisely mirror Indigenous historical past however have been repeatedly shot down by the state Legislature.
Garreau and Arce all described studying about Thanksgiving as a harmonious celebration involving mutual cooperation and respect. They skilled a impolite awakening in maturity upon studying the true story and understanding the dynamic between the colonizers and the colonized.