The idea of having Thanksgiving on Thursday was derided by progressive organisations and activists, who urged supporters to observe the event as an “Indigenous Day of Mourning.” Left-wing activists argued that it was crucial to acknowledge the history and plight of Native Americans since the United States establishment.
The Sunrise Movement, a radical left environmental organisation, declared that it “stands with all aboriginal peoples on this Indigenous Day of Mourning.” “Indigenous people have long been at the forefront of the struggle for freedom and environmental justice. Solidarity always.”
The United American Indians of New England were the first group to declare Thanksgiving a day of grief on a national scale. The organisation has assembled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, since 1970 to denounce the “genocide of Native Americans, theft of tribal lands, and erasing of culture.” Plymouth was the site of one of the earliest pilgrim colonies in North America.
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According to Democratic Party activist and Sirius XM host Qasim Rashid, “Today is Thanksgiving Day and also the National Day of Mourning, which recognises the slaughter of millions of Native Americans and their ongoing erasure today.” Let us think about and take action to stop the ongoing genocide of America’s Indigenous Peoples as we give thanks today.
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Some organisations, including the Connecticut ACLU, even advised supporters to be aware that they might be occupying land that belonged to Native American tribes in the past. The organisation stated that “today is a day of sadness and loss for many Indigenous individuals.” “It’s crucial that we take the time to respect our Indigenous kin by becoming knowledgeable about the native land that we all live on.”