Thanksgiving Day 2017 or celebration of genocide: Why is the American holiday a controversial one?
November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving Day is less than two weeks away (23 November) and while most families across North America are busy writing up their shopping lists and asking Google for the quickest ways to cook a turkey, a number of people are preparing once again to protest the holiday.
The general theory is that the festivities originated in 1621, when the Wampanoag Native Americans shared a harvest with the Plymouth colonists who had spent the previous year facing severe famine. The Pilgrims, who had crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Britain, to try their luck in the New World, were unfamiliar with the terrain and needed help learning how to grown corn and how to fish.