Nov 28, 2019 Justice must be remembered on Thanksgiving, says Fairfax criminal lawyer
Justice must trump whitewashed images of Thanksgiving, says Fairfax criminal lawyer
Justice must be remembered and prevail every day in every corner of the world, including today, Thanksgiving Day. Whether on Thanksgiving or any other day, it is good when people show gratitude and spend time with each other for positive reasons. Feeling gratitude is important as a daily practice, along with compassion and generosity of the heart.
Justice must offset such past injustices as massacres, forced relocation, and land taking
Because the Thanksgiving holiday is rooted in relations between European settlers and Native Americans, this day needs to integrate devotion to justice, and knowledge — overtaking the whitewashed Thanksgiving story version I learned in elementary school — of how Pilgrims and later non-Indians treated the Native Americans, including massacres, land takings, forced relocation (for instance the Trail of Tears), and federal government Indian boarding schools used for taking Indian language and culture away from Native Americans, including boarding school American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks as a boarder (Dennis recounts this boarding school nightmare in his biography Ojibwa Warrior).
National Day of Mourning and Unthanksgiving
Today, many Native Americans continue the decades long tradition of observing a National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts and focusing on justice for Native Americans.
In Alcatraz continues the annual unthanksgiving. Joining the Native Americans today in Alcatraz is my friend and peace teacher Jun Yasuda, who joined the first Longest Walk for justice for Native American in 1978, and supported Dennis Banks while he avoided prosecution, for a time, related to the Wounded Knee action.
Today, giving thanks needs to be tempered with knowing and remembering the centuries of misery and unjust treatment experienced by Native Americans, and resolving to support justice for all.
Fairfax criminal lawyer Jonathan L. Katz defends those charged in Northern Virginia with alleged felony, misdemeanor, DUI, drug, marijuana, and sex offenses.