Despite what our fourth-grade history books implied, Native Americans weren’t invited to the first recorded Thanksgiving.
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A lot of myths surround the first Thanksgiving feast—the most glaring one being that it emblemized peaceful interaction between colonists and natives. The repercussions of white colonialism still exist today, as evidenced by the police’s brutal treatment of the protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Considering recent events, reflecting on American history, and deciding how we will move forward has never been more relevant. As we pack up our cars, load up our fridges, and prepare for Thanksgiving this week, it’s important to separate fact from fiction and re-examine what we’re celebrating in the first place.