Reposting from 1 yr ago. A Reflection on the First Thanksgiving.
Summary: Contrary to modern re-imagination, the First Thanksgiving marked a genuine effort to create a multicultural society based on mutual respect. The project lasted 35 years, while the founders of Plymouth Colony and Chief Massasoit remained alive. The efforts of the founders of the Plymouth Colony and the local Massachusetts and Wampanoag tribes foundered on the massive tide of the Great Migration.
Rather than treat Thanksgiving as a holiday marking oppression and betrayal (we can do that on Columbus Day), or even simply as a day of personal reflection, I propose we treat Thanksgiving as it was originally intended -- as a coming together of different communities to live together in mutual respect and mutual support.