This weekend, I am thankful for folks in Seattle who know how to transform the imperialist Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
May we all learn this for next year!
“We are all citizens in a democracy, we are all here to work with each other, and by making this Indigenous People’s Day, we are adding something, we are not taking something away. We can both recognize our strengths.”
“We are not reveling in the pain of our past, but rejoicing in the celebration of a triumph—the voice of the indigenous people who are saying ‘we are still here. We have been here hundreds of years before you, and will be here hundreds of years after you.”
“This is what makes Seattle so special, in all honesty—that we are bold enough to admit the shortcomings of our history in order to realize the hopes of our dreams.”