VVVV unpopular opinion: I hate Thanksgiving. 🙈 (losing followers in 3.. 2..) I’ve been doing a LOT of ‘unlearning’ this past year, and this includes the exploration of our nation’s actual history. And it isn’t pretty.
I think we are all aware that colonizing America involved a mass genocide of Native Americans. The holiday has evolved into a day that we’re meant to express thanks, but ultimately we are thankful for opportunity & blessings on stolen land.
To make it worse, we follow up with a day where people actually DIE trying to get 30% off a new TV. We’re consumerists, and we can’t move away from this without first acknowledging its truth.
I can absolutely appreciate that many have turned this into a holiday to express gratitude for the blessings in their lives. And while I am grateful, the celebration just isn’t for me. However, I will be spending time with family because I can respect that it is important to them that I am present. I’m fortunate enough to have a large family and I don’t want to sacrifice these special memories with them because I have a point to make. We can all compromise and learn at the same time. (I just hope they enjoy my surprise post-dinner powerpoint!)
Before you unfollow, I want to hear your thoughts, I promise!! Especially if you completely disagree. THIS IS HOW WE ALL GET SMARTER.
I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer! In fact, I believe if we really begin to acknowledge our history, we can grow from it and actually become the great, inclusive nation we claim to be.
@GirlPowerSupply is doing an incredible Thanksgiving takeover by 10 Native Americans who are sharing SO much helpful information about the current state of Native reservations and ways we can all become more knowledgeable about their culture! For example, I just learned that I grew up on native Choctaw and Chickasaw land, and am now seeking out inspired native jewelry to support the ancestors of these tribes.
How are you spending National Indigenous People’s Day?!