The reality is that we must acknowledge, and understand, these very atrocities to truly understand how it is that we came to be where we are at, and to avoid having them occur again.
How about if we think of Thanksgiving as a celebration of the gentle spirit of the Native people who sacrificed to let us build our nation?
So these CHEMISTRY GRADUATE STUDENTS had ice cream in a cooler with ice. Just ice. And I said to them, “this won’t keep the ice cream frozen; we need to add salt.” These graduate students listened to me as well as people have listened to me my entire life, meaning, they didn’t. “It’ll be fine,” these CHEMISTRY GRADUATE STUDENTS said.
Full disclosure; I’m writing this on the Monday before Thanksgiving. I’m a little bit ahead (not as much as I would like to be) so this is forecasting rather than reflecting.
Native people believe (and still do today) that it is they that belong to the land, while the settlers laid claim so the land belonged to them. This is probably why the Native people were such light travelers; they moved on when Mother Earth told them it was time to do so, whereas the settlers owned this land and damnit come hell or high water they weren't going to leave for any reason!
It had always been the busiest shopping day of the year for one simple reason; Christmas was only four weeks away, and since most everybody had that Friday off, it was natural for the family to go out together in the one family vehicle and start their Christmas shopping. There were no sales, no enticements, nothing of the sort.