I stumbled upon this article (written today on Thanksgiving), and I thought it was worth sharing. It talks about the ugly history behind this national holiday and argues we must discuss this history far more openly and frequently. We must not ignore the roots of the day, and we must acknowledge the injustice and stereotypes it perpetuates: “In the centuries that have passed since the Pilgrims first dined with the Wampanoag at Plymouth, the gulf separating Native and non-Native Americans has become huge, thanks to war, disease, genocide and countless harmful policies inflicted on Natives.

Today, Native people account for roughly 2 percent of the U.S. population. Roughly 22 percent live on reservations or related regions. New York City is the urban area with the most Native Americans, but at 111,749 residents, Natives make up less than 2 percent of the country’s largest city.”





4 responses »

  1. I truly enjoy reading posts on this blog. As a former MTV Networks Line Producer and spiritual/social activist, I resonate with so many of the insights shared here. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your authenticity and courage to explore these very important matters. Keep on shining!
    Many blessings to all of you.

    Rosangel Perez
    Visionary & Host of Cafecito Bresk

  2. chloekissane says:

    I found this article very interesting. I think it is very important that we learn more about Native American history and we should be adding their perspective to our textbooks. It was not until high school where I truly learned what happened when Christopher Columbus came to America. Children need to become more educated about Native American culture and their historical perspective.

  3. kthompso says:

    I was very privileged to teach video production at a Native American boarding school two semesters ago. The whole experience was very eye-opening to me—I think I learned much more than I taught. Thanksgiving is such a strained holiday; it’s difficult, because people like to ignore the histories surrounding Thanksgiving, and give in to consumerism and the commercialization of “giving thanks.”

  4. jivikar says:

    I think the article you linked to is super poignant and really emphasizes how much the media plays a role in shaping our self-identities. The little boy asks “how come I don’t look like an Indian?” An “Indian” is what the media says it is – and while we may know that that can have very little basis in actuality- that’s not what millions of little girls and boys believe, and they are actively internalizing these sometimes upsetting, sometimes plain untrue messages of body image and self worth as we speak. This is why it is so important to have diverse representation and honest dialogue of these issues on TV. When people see and hear people who look like them in places of power, then and only then will they be comfortable enough to accept themselves as only they see, and not as what the media tells them they’re supposed to see.

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