Blinded By Comfort

Today on NPR I listened to a discussion that centered around Thanksgiving. The commentator said that back in 1970, the descendants of the Mayflower arrival in 1620. planned a 350 year celebration. It was to include that first year, when they were said to have celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America, along with the local Native Americans.

A descendant of the Indian tribe, Wampanoag leaderWamsutta, was asked to speak at the ceremony. They asked that he give them a copy of his speech prior to giving it. When they read his speech, they said he could not say what he had written about the following atrocities and massacres that occurred years later. He refused to edit his speech to a more positive tone and instead, with the help of the tribes of New England, started a National Day of Mourning for Native Americans, that continues to this day, on Thanksgiving Day. It doesn’t get much press, if any.

With all the turmoil over Confederate Statues coming down and being moved, one needs to also think of what was done to Native Americans who lived where we live now!

Comfort blinds the eyes

Thankful that we don’t remember

those who were slaughtered

Thankful for all that we have

Memory loss keeps us silent

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Comfort blinds our eyes

Memory loss keeps us silent

Our “God given rights”

Guns still sit in our closets

Should anyone come calling

  • I should say, I am very Thankful for the blessings of life, faith, liberty, and family. But the dark side still haunts me!

National Day of Mourning (United States protest) – Wikipedia

Photo: Wikipedia

39 thoughts on “Blinded By Comfort

  1. Powerful and poignant Dwight, and your words could well apply to our indigenous aboriginals here in Australia, who have also been displaced from their traditional land… and have poorly treated in the process….

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  2. I appreciate your commentary, Dwight. I would love to listen to that discussion. I searched through the NPR site, but haven’t found what I am looking for. I will keep looking. It is a disgrace that the National Day of Mourning for Native Americans doesn’t receive any, or very little, press. No surprise, I suppose. Thank you for the share. πŸ™πŸΌ

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  3. Thanks for raising awarness Dwight as we celebrate our day and honor our indigenous people and mourn their loss. it truly needs to be exposed and honored and today while we ceremonially plant our tree as a family on Thanksgiving I will share this. Have a blessed Thanksgiving with your faimly. ❀️ Cindy

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  4. Yes, {{{Dwight}}}, the dark side still haunts me, too. This was poignantly penned, much needed – and much appreciated. Thank you! Native American Day is marked on my calendar as the day AFTER Thanksgiving, I didn’t know about the National Day of Mourning for Native Americans.

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  5. Such an excellent reminder of what many so easily forget, The First Nation People who were the first to experience mass genocide.
    The Native American people have always held a special place in my heart.
    Thank you for remembering them and their day of great mourning.
    Thank you also for your wonderful visit today.
    Stay Blessed πŸ’•πŸ™

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  6. A belated Happy Thanksgiving Dwight, the good act certainly is with remembering.
    The dark side or events that followed naturally get less press coverage, thanks so much for sharing the story and the history that’s understandably hidden. Most of history everywhere anyway is what was meant to be shown and not necessarily the whole truth. Thanks for sharing sir!

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    • Thank you Deb for the good wishes! Yes seems every country has its sad history hidden away! The British did the same in India and many other parts of the British Empire! I appreciate your great comment.

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