Guest post by Mark Sandlin.
Thanksgiving—it’s a day where we celebrate how a bunch of illegal immigrants invaded the native lands of an indigenous people and how those indigenous people ultimately met them with a kindness that they may not have deserved (sometimes known as grace). This Thanksgiving let’s be inspired to share that same kindness and grace with others.
Let us not forget the culture and nations of those gracious indigenous people were nearly completely removed by genocide as the U.S. began to establish itself. This Thanksgiving let’s be thoughtful, respectful and give some remembrance to their history, culture and relationship with the land the America founders took. (I give the tiniest amount of thanks that the racist named Washington NFL team doesn’t play today).
It is good to give thanks. I’d argue it is good for our souls and for our relationships, so let’s do it JOYFULLY! But let’s also do it with a larger concept of the realities of this holiday, and let’s do it with a renewed commitment to not repeat our abusive past and to make this a nation where more people have more reasons to be thankful.