Well, another Thanksgivings day is almost here. When I asked a friend what she was doing for the holiday she said,“The colonizer’s holiday? Nothing.” After the grand jury failed to bring charges against Darren Wilson for shooting Mike Brown, I thought about the fact that the government sanctioned murdering of Black people continues the long American tradition of white power and domination against people of color, beginning with Indigenous/First Nations/Native people.
“the system isn’t broken it’s doing what it was set up to do…”
The sad truth is these killings will keep happening because there has never been any respect for the lives of people of color. As a matter of fact, folks are now outraged over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Black people aren’t getting enough time to heal before we are dealing with another tragedy in our community. Imagine the magnitude of that tragedy for Indigenous/First Nations/Native communities.
There is nothing wrong with spending time with the family. We are all overworked and underpaid and need time to regroup. But there is something wrong with perpetrating the myth about Thanksgiving and not the real history/story of what the day represents. And that truth is not something of the past but is still here in this present day for all folks of color.
This is one of my favorite talks from Indigenous/Native American activist Andrea Smith.