If you attended a typical American public school like most of us, you might not have known until your adult life that Thanksgiving wasn't just a fun family gathering of Pilgrims and Native Americans. For many Natives, "Thanksgiving is a day of mourning and protest since it commemorates the arrival of settlers in North America and the centuries of oppression and genocide that followed after."
Thanksgiving 2020, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, will be unique, at least if you're taking COVID responsibly in the United States. Black Friday, which is actually Native American Heritage Day, will be unique as well.
This year's Black Friday comes after a long period of reflection and introspection. Many people might be questioning their relationship with consumerism and capitalism after seeing that, during COVID relief legislation, the government prioritized corporate desires over human lives. Many people (most people, hopefully) who are still choosing to shop are taking their experience online instead of in-store.
The desire to become a conscious consumer is easy, but the execution can be difficult, especially if this is the first time you're putting it into practice. We're here to help!
Our mission at Soapbox Project is to help you get bite-sized action plans for any issue you care about. So, let's start by figuring out how to support Native-owned businesses this holiday season — one small display of support during this time of year.
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