We’re all told one story – pilgrims (a group of puritans) running from religious persecution landed on our shores to a new land. The Native Americans (Indians) aided these pilgrims in their conquering of what is modern day New England.
We’re given cute cartoons, plays, horrifically racist paper outfits and headdresses, and told it’s all okay under the guise of history and American exceptionalism. The fairy tale, is just that, a made up fantasy of how 17th century Europeans blended with Native Peoples. The reality is much more complicated and malicious, and is a small part of the greater genocide of the Americas.
Today, we explore that past in the hopes that we can move away from the fairytale and have a better conversation on the meaning and insult of our so-called Thanksgiving.