Members of Native American tribes in New England gather where pilgrims originally settled to mourn indigenous peoples, “who have suffered centuries of racism and ill-treatment,” the Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday.
The National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is supposed to draw attention to the “disease and oppression” that European settlers brought with them, the article read.
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“We natives have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the pilgrims,” said Kisha James, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes.
“We want to educate people so that they understand that the stories we all learned in school about the first Thanksgiving are nothing but lies. Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples have certainly not lived happily ever since the arrival of the pilgrims,” James said. “For us, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning because we remember the millions of our ancestors who were murdered by uninvited European colonists such as the pilgrims. Today we and many indigenous peoples around the country say: ‘No thank you, no give’. “
It marks the 52nd year of the United American Indians in New England organized the gathering. The first took place in 1970.
According to its Facebook page, the group said, “We educate and organize about denial of racism and genocide perpetuated through pilgrimage mythology and the Thanksgiving myth.”
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Participants arrive at noon on Cole’s Hill, a hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, and will live stream the event according to the AP.
But honoring the founding of Plymouth in 1620 was not meant to turn a blind eye to the horrific story of American slavery that began in 1619 in Virginia, Breitbart News’s Rebecca Mansour wrote:
And to celebrate Thanksgiving is not to reject the atrocities committed against our native society, even sadly in the hands of the descendants of the pilgrims. On Thanksgiving, we recognize that the pilgrims and the natives did, in fact, meet in peace in November 1621. We celebrate their history – and the ritual rebuilding of it with a turkey feast and thanksgiving prayers – to acknowledge our highest hopes, not to launder our history or minimize our mistakes.
The Thanksgiving holiday confirms who Americans want to be because “it remembers who the pilgrims actually were,” she said.