The Seattle, Washington public skroolsystem's staff has been sent a letter from their Director of Race, Equity, and Learning Support. The letter reminds educators that "Thanksgiving can be a particularly difficult time" for many of the district's "Native students."
The Race, Equity, and Learning Support people have identified 11 supposed Thanksgiving "myths." Myth #11 is this: "Thanksgiving is a happy time." The letter explains that "for many Indian people, 'Thanksgiving' is a time of mourning, of remembering how a gift of generosity was rewarded by theft of land and seed corn, extermination of many from disease and gun, and near total destruction of many more from forced assimilation. As currently celebrated in this country, 'Thanksgiving' is a bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal returned for friendship."
I ask you: How, with compassion beating in all of our American hearts, can we sit with our loved ones in joyful celebration-- eating turkey, watching football-- when Native children are depressed, betrayed, and in mourning?
I urge you: this Thanksgiving, make a difference... in a Native child's life. Put that drumstick down. Extend your hand to those who mourn. Extend it to their parents as well. If you live near an Indian casino, go thereand apologize face to facefor your land-grabbing, disease-transmitting, gun-totin' ancestors (and for your own miserable existence, too). And then hit the slots and lose,so one day soonwe will all have a Happy Thanksgiving... in misery. In my heart,I know we can do this.Thank you.