This is not your parents’, or grandparents,’ Thanksgiving, apparently.
It was two veterans of the University of Oregon education system that organized an online discussion that addressed the “celebration of ongoing genocide,” and focused on cash “reparations.”
It is Campus Reform that spotted and documented the events.
The meeting claimed Thanksgiving, the ages-old holiday to express gratitude for what Americans have and hold, actually is a “celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures.”
The talk quickly turned toward the folding green, the cash that so often is an element of such discussions.
“I was thinking [of] … reparations in the form of money,” one discussion participant said.
The talk was set up by two Oregon alums who wrote the event, last week, was to “continue to show gratitude while raising our critical consciousness and identifying ways to decolonize the holiday.”
“The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures across the globe,” they explained.
It was activist Dakota Maccoll and counselor Jorney Baldwin who led the talks.
“I’ve begun healing from Thanksgiving by going into the woods and camping, harvesting, meditating, and reading,” said one person.
Campus Reform explained, “The bulk of the event was spent in an open platform where attendees had the opportunity to share their thoughts about three primary discussion points: What might it look like to decolonize our understanding of this holiday and the cultures surrounding it? What can we do this Thanksgiving to begin to reconcile relationships damaged by colonization, both human to human, and human to earth? How can we do this in such a way that it encourages folks to partner, rather than ostracize, while speaking truth to power? How does inviting diverse perspectives play into this?”
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