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  • Joseph M. Pierce

Op-Ed on TruthOut

Updated: May 26

Thanksgiving is a tough holiday for many Native people. Like Columbus Day, it finds a way to make the erasure of Native folks central to its mission, by omission or otherwise.

I had an op-ed in TruthOut to mark the occasion. It starts like this:

Thanksgiving is a colonial holiday meant to erase the ruthlessness of English settlers. In a way, Thanksgiving is the perfect American holiday: It is based on the erasure of Indigenous peoples, promotes a false vision of peaceful cooperation between nations, and has now become an excuse to indulge in the spectacles of hyper-consumption and football.

Click through, here.


Created on the traditional homeland of the Lenape and Canarsie peoples.