As Thanksgiving approaches, we are getting ready to cook a large meal, spend time with family, and be grateful for everything we have in our lives. However, this is not true for all Americans.
On Nov. 11, 1620, the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. Thanksgiving Day is spent to recognize the hardships the white Pilgrims endured and to express gratitude for their success.
In 1970, a group of Native Americans in New England established The National Day of Mourning on the very same day as Thanksgiving. It is designated to recognize the hardships and the cruelty that Native Americans have experienced since colonization.
As we head into Thanksgiving week, it is important to remember how the actions of the white men and women who came to America in 1620 changed the course of thousands of Native American lives then and now. It is definitely important for us to express our gratitude, and Thanksgiving is a beautiful way to do that. However, that gratitude is meaningless without acknowledging the cruelty that Native Americans have endured.
To learn more about the National Day of Mourning, click here.
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