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.”