No time like an upcoming holiday to ask those hard questions. Whose land are we gathering on? What does this holiday mean? How can our families participate in reparations? Perhaps y/our family would watch a documentary together, read an article, study the Native Land App, have an intentional conversation or create a family action plan for racial justice. How can we create traditions of racial justice? It all starts with a conversation, no?
November 26, 2020 is the National Day of Mourning
Since 1970, United American Indians of New England and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience. How to Support the National Day of Mourning if you can’t make it to Plymouth. They will be live streaming speeches. They also offer this short piece “Thanksgiving: Why Myths Matter” for your dinner table.
This App Can Tell You the Indigenous History of the Land You Live On Enter your ZIP code into the Native Lands App and an interactive map will tell you the area’s original language and tribal ties.
The food system was built on the stolen land and stolen labor of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and people of color. Members of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network are claiming our sovereignty and calling for reparations of land and resources so that we can grow nourishing food and distribute it in our communities. The specific projects and resource needs of farmers of color are listed here. We are so excited about this powerful opportunity for people to people solidarity. It’s simple. If you have resources, contact the farmer directly to share. More about Soul Fire Farm
Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and Memorial in Alabama.The Community Remembrance Project – EJI collaborates with communities to memorialize documented victims of racial violence and foster meaningful dialogue about race and justice.
Do you know your family history?
- Family Research Instructions (2 pages)
- Where are you in the Class System by Paul Kivel (offers a series of questions that help you think about the class of your family growing up)
- Critical Family History and Memory Work by Christine Sleeter
- White People Have No Culture by Lorena Wallace (short blog piece)
- Families, and Their History with Racism: A Lynching in the Family Part 2 | Independent Lens | PBS – video -( 5 minutes) This short piece brings together three descendants from three different places of impact -descendants from the family who was harmed, the family who caused the harm and the family who wrongly accused the person who was lynched.
- Telling One Family’s History In White Supremacy And Racial Violence August 8, 2020 ‘Up to Date’ on KCUR 89.3 (27 minutes) Interview with Edward Ball on his latest book which continues his examination of his family’s racist history through the life of a New Orleans ancestor who fought first as a Confederate and then as a Klansman to preserve white supremacy. Edward Ball, author of “Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy“
- Traces from the Trade -In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Watch the Trailer and you can rent it for 2.99 on demand
- Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Family in U.S. History. By Tom DeWolf – Tom is from the “Traces of the Trade” family and he wrote a book. He also works with Coming to the Table which is sited below.
- Coming to the Table – is an organization, working together to create a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past, from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned. Coming to the Table created a 28 page Reparations Guide as well as Family History Research List
- My ancestors owned 41 slaves. What do I owe their descendants? By John W. Miller PDF (longer piece about John’s journey uncovering his family history – he is Pittsburgh Based)
Holiday Resources for White People
- Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving by the Center for Racial Justice in Education – Very thorough!
- SURJ Holiday Resources for Families – lots of activities for children
- The World Wildlife Fund has this interesting info graphic series that talks about where all the food on the thanksgiving table comes from.
The Daily Show and David Campt, The White People Whisperer
Dr. David Campt created a White Ally Toolkit