“Thanksgiving began in the fall of 1621 when a group of Native Americans joined with newly arrived English settlers to create a harvest feast together and protect each other from violence. This year, as Americans pick out their turkeys and count their blessings, members of the Sioux Nation in Standing Rock, North Dakota, reported being attacked with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures as they protested an oil pipeline that threatens to contaminate their water and disrupt their sacred sites. Approximately 300 Native American and non-native protesters were injured in one 10-hour clash with law enforcement on Sunday evening, according to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, and 26 were taken to hospitals with severe head and limb wounds, eye trauma, internal bleeding and hypothermia from being doused with water in 22-degree weather. ‘Basically, it’s an act of war,’ said Frank Sanchez, a delegate from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, in an interview with The Huffington Post.”

This is not just a physical war people of color are fighting against those classified as “white” — it’s spiritual. 

Source: Laura Bassett. “On Thanksgiving Week, Native Americans Are Being Tear-Gassed in North Dakota.” The Huffington Post. November 23, 2016. 

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