Dont Let This Crisis Go to Waste

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"Don't let a crisis go to waste" has become an oft repeated phrase this year, and an instructive one as we head into a federal holiday weekend in the midst of a pandemic that continues to worsen in Minnesota and across the country.

This public health crisis has taken away big, celebratory gatherings for Thanksgiving. But it has given us a rare, and valuable, opportunity for critical reflection on the holiday, and the history of violence against Native peoples behind it.

It's a great time to rethink the innacurate story we were tought in childhood. It's also great time to learn more about the culture and history of the Dakota and Anishinaabe, the Native nations' whose land we inhabit. It's a great time to seek out resources to answer the questions we don't know how to ask.

Thinking critically about this holiday and its narrative is central to our justice work. Native folks continue to experience the most brutal forms of oppression in Minnesota. We can only stand in solidarity for shared liberation when we have a complete understanding of the violence that led here.

So may we replace the abscence of a shared meal with loved ones, with the presence of a more accurate story. One that acknowledges the history of genocide and theft, lifts up the resilience and power of the Native communities, and illuminates a path towards shared liberation.

If you're looking for a place to start, we suggest the Rethinking Thanksgiving toolkit, created by the Indigenous Solidarity Network.

Jonathan Gershberg

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