By Mark Charles | Wireless Hogan
Published in November of 2018

SUMMARY: Navajo author Mark Charles uses Abraham Lincoln‘s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation as a backdrop for detailing the indigenous ethnic cleansing that was happening under the sixteenth president’s watch as he declared a day for “thanksgiving and praise.” Charles previously celebrated Thanksgiving (see The Myth of Thanksgiving and Racial Conciliation), but in 2018, he stopped after learning about its history. This article helps us understand why some people choose not to celebrate Thanksgiving.

For a different perspective on Thanksgiving from a Native American, read Randy Woodley‘s article, The Thanksgiving Myth: Not A Bad Start.

KEY QUOTE: “I am no longer interested in reclaiming the US holiday known as ‘Thanksgiving,’ From here on out, the fourth Thursday in November is set aside as a day of mourning. A day of lament…From now on, in my calendar, the fourth Thursday in November is reserved to mourn the fact that we live in a country that, in 1863, established a national day of Thanksgiving for fruits of a genocide we were actively committing.”

BONUS: If you would like to hear Charles talk about why he doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, watch Who “Belongs” at Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Table?. He is the first person to speak.

DID YOU KNOW? We have a learning capsule about Thanksgiving with resources to help faithfully learn about the holiday.


Read the full article at Wireless Hogan


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