In 1970, at the 350th anniversary of the landing of the pilgrims, a leader of Indigenous peoples prepared a speech in which he told the true history of Plymouth, and berated the white people for robbing the graves of the Wampanoag. The officials of Massachusetts did not allow him to make the speech. Every year since then, Indigenous people of this land have looked upon the 4th Thursday of November as a day of mourning. (See Russell Means, Susan Bates, and Jaqueline Keeler, for more information.)
We, Afrikan people in america, are victims of the same process that resulted in the murder of millions of Indigenous people and the decimation of their Nations.
"america was built by stolen labor on stolen land!" (Bro. D)
That is the legacy of europeans in this country.
Taking without "thanks"; Taking without Giving is "Exploitation"!
Change is not easy. We are use to celebrating with our families on this day. It is always so good to come together and to share a meal with each other. But we do have alternatives. And we always need to be in the process of growth. Growth makes change necessary. We can change a little at a time, remembering that our goal is Sovereignty.
1. When you are with your family on Thursday, November 27, 2014, take a moment to remember and talk about the true meaning of this "holy day"
2. We don't have to contribute to the profit-making mania organized by the large conglomerates encouraging us to spend money that we don't have during the weekend following that day. Don't shop!
3. Make the sacrifice of fasting on that day. Yes, it will be a challenge, but you can still enjoy your family and at the same time identify with those who were exploited, murdered, and raped of their resources, as we have been. (This is not a cause for celebration.)
4. Let us choose a day on which the Pan-Afrikan World Nation gives thanks together for the gift of Afrikan Ancestry, and the sacrifices that have been made for us by our Ancestors! We can start small, with the Afrikans that we know. It is a process. Let's begin it now! In Afrikan Victory and Sovereignty,