There's nothing wrong with people having a turkey dinner with their family or friends. But we must recognize that Thanksgiving is a nationalist holiday with capitalist underpinnings, and stop pretending that it celebrates or honors Native history and culture.
Under a program run by the Puerto Rican state police, hundreds of Puerto Ricans have come to Chicago expecting to enter high-quality rehab centers. Instead they end up in unregulated, crowded homes, sleeping on dirty mattresses or on the floor, with no medical professionals in sight.
While glossing over the very real consequences of colonialism, the mythical version of Thanksgiving creates a fairy tale of land theft, betrayal, brutality and genocide, virtually functioning to erase the very real and traumatic experiences of entire Indigenous nations.