Progressive groups and advocates slammed the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, instead urging supporters to recognize the holiday as an “original day of mourning.”
Left-wing activists said it was important to acknowledge the history and plight of Native Americans since the founding of the United States.
“We stand with all Indigenous peoples on this Indigenous Day of Mourning,” said the Sunrise Movement, a far-left climate group. “For centuries, indigenous peoples have led the fight for liberation and climate justice. Solidarity forever.”
The United American Indians of New England were the first to recognize Thanksgiving as a national day of mourning. Since 1970, the group has gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the citation for one of the first Pilgrim colonies in North America, to protest “the genocide of Native Americans, the theft of tribal lands and the erasure of culture.”
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“Today is Thanksgiving Day and it’s also the National Day of Mourning, which commemorates the genocide of millions of Native Americans and their ongoing erasure today,” said Qasim Rashid, a Democratic Party activist and Sirius XM host. “In giving thanks today, let us also reflect and act to stop the ongoing genocide of America’s indigenous peoples.”
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Some groups, like the ACLU of Connecticut, even urged supporters to be aware that they were likely occupying land that once belonged to Native American tribes.
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“For many indigenous people, today is a day of grief and loss,” the group said in a statement. “It is important that we take the time to honor our original family by learning about the native land we all occupy.”