Thursday, November 16, 2023

Please remember to feel White guilt and shame for being an American this Thanksgiving season.

From the email newsletter of Council member Nancy VanReese:  

Acknowledgment for Thanksgiving

Please consider adding this statement to your Thanksgiving moment of gratitude and acknowledgments.

The land we call home is the ancestral territory and vibrant hunting ground of the Cherokee and Shawnee tribal nations. We recognize and respect Indigenous People as the traditional stewards of this land and continue today to contribute to the life of this city. We honor their stories – told and untold - and the people of the past, present, and future who have greatly contributed to this land's sacredness. We also must take a moment to recognize the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory.

We also acknowledge the painful history experienced by Black people in our community and their significant contributions on and around this land. In particular, we recognize the humanity of enslaved Black people who built our city’s economy. 

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