A big problem with Thanksgiving is its false ‘Indians and pilgrims’ myth. It is good to celebrate Thanksgiving, to be thankful. It is not good to distort history, to falsely portray the origin of this holiday. It’s not good to lie about the truth of the holiday’s inception or ignore the continued oppression of Native Americans. I want to be thankful. But I’d rather be thankful for the truth, than a history of lies.
Last Year I had made note here that I always struggle with Thanksgiving – appreciating the holiday as a time to reflect on the things we are grateful for yet unable to “celebrate” a holiday with such genocidal origins. ( http://www.playfulspirit.wordpress.com/2007/11 )
This year, feeling lazy and inarticulate myself I pass along the following from The Unapologetic Mexican:
“THANKSGIVING is probably the most popular and earliest-given justification for invasion, murder, imperialism, occupation, and “othering” that we know of in this country.” (Read the rest of this post at http://theunapologeticmexican.org/elmachete/2008/11/26/stolen-not-given/ )