Members of New England Native American tribes are gathering where pilgrims originally settled to mourn the Indigenous peoples “who have suffered centuries of racism and abuse,” The Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday.
The National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts is meant to draw attention to the “disease and oppression” that European settlers brought with them, according to the article.
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“We natives have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the pilgrims,” said Kisha James, member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes.
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“We want to educate people to understand that the stories we all learned in school about First Thanksgiving are all lies. The Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples have certainly not lived happily ever since the pilgrims arrived, ”said James. “For us, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning, as we remember the millions of our ancestors who were murdered by uninvited European settlers such as the Pilgrims. Today we and many indigenous people across the country say, “No thanks, no donation. “
This is the 52nd year that the United American Indians of New England have held the rally. The first took place in 1970.
According to its Facebook page, the group said, “We educate and organize around the racism and genocide denial perpetuated through the Pilgrim Mythology and the Thanksgiving Myth. “
National Day of Mourning 2021
Cole’s Hill, Plymouth
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Participants will arrive at noon on Cole’s Hill, a mound that overlooks Plymouth Rock, and will broadcast the event live, according to the AP.
However, honoring the founding of Plymouth in 1620 was not meant to turn a blind eye to the terrible history of American slavery that began in 1619 in Virginia, wrote Rebecca Mansour of Breitbart News:
And celebrating Thanksgiving is not to dismiss the atrocities committed against our indigenous communities, even sadly on the part of the descendants of the pilgrims. At Thanksgiving, we recognize that pilgrims and natives made, in fact, come together in peace in November 1621. We celebrate their history – and the ritual reenactment of it with a turkey feast and thanksgiving prayers – to recognize our highest aspirations, not to whitewash our history or minimize our mistakes.
The Thanksgiving holiday affirms who Americans want to be, because “it commemorates who the pilgrims really were,” she said.