by ALEC SCHEMMEL
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (TND) —
Activists are planning their annual “National Day of Mourning” demonstration to be held at Massachusetts’s Plymouth Rock historic site honoring one of the first settlements to arrive in the modern-day United States.
The protest of Thanksgiving is held annually by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) to challenge the “racism and oppression” Indigenous people face around the world, according to the group’s website.
“Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands and the erasure of Native cultures,” UAINE’s description of the event reads. “Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection, as well as a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide.”
The group notes on its website that many people choose to fast on this “highly political day,” and boasted about how in past years participants of the event have “buried Plymouth Rock a number of times, boarded the Mayflower replica, and placed ku klux klan sheets on the statue of William Bradford.”
The demonstration is planned for noon on Thanksgiving Day. A GoFundMe campaign by UAINE, attempting to raise $50,000, has thus far only obtained about $9,500, as of Monday afternoon.
“Join us as we continue to create a true awareness of Native peoples and history,” the event’s description continues. “Help shatter the untrue image of the Pilgrims and the unjust system based on racism, settler colonialism, sexism, homophobia and the profit-driven destruction of the Earth that they and other European settlers introduced to these shores.”
Go and support if you can. Since 1970, the National Day of Mourning has gathered at Plymouth Rock to challenge the genocidal “pilgrim mythology” of Thanksgiving. @The_Red_Nation will be doing live coverage this year. https://t.co/3pTO7Ga1pV pic.twitter.com/lNkBA86kst
— Nick Estes (@nickwestes) November 21, 2022