Progressive groups and advocates have criticized the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving on a Thursday, instead urging supporters to recognize the holiday as an “Aboriginal day of mourning”.
Left-wing activists said it was important to learn about 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 is 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 met in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 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, and it’s also a day of national mourning, which remembers the genocide of millions of Native Americans and their continuing erasure today,” said Kasim Rashid, a Democratic Party activist and host of Sirius XM. In giving thanks today, let us also think and act to stop the ongoing genocide of America’s indigenous peoples.
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Some groups, such as the Connecticut ACLU, even urged supporters to realize 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 mourning and loss,” the group said in a statement. “It is important that we take time to honor our Aboriginal family by learning about the Aboriginal land we all occupy.”