Ramblings on Thanksgiving Day: I could say more but I’m too full of turkey and potatoes…
Have you ever seen this picture or one similar to this? Well, these are the images that I remember seeing in textbooks when the time came to celebrate thanksgiving day in elementary school. We were always taught that the pilgrims befriended the Native Americans when they arrived in America, so they could learn how to plant and harvest crops. We learned that one, fine day all of the people came together for a huge feast in celebration of the food that had been gleaned from the earth. Now that I have come to college and have begun to learn about colonialism and genocide in America, I now know that none of this is true.
The holiday that we call “Thanksgiving” is a day for white colonizers to celebrating subduing a large number of Native American people in New England. A long history of genocide, subjugation, and silence has been commodified into a popular cultural celebration that many people associate with their sense of patriotism. However, many Americans fail to realize the pain and suffering that white settlers imposed on Native Americans back in the 1600s and throughout modern history.
If we are truly capable of being a true democracy that promotes liberty, justice, and freedom, we should rethink the observance of this day and begin to acknowledge the lives and marginalized history of Native American people.
There are so many things wrong with this country!