US marks Thanksgiving under shadow of mass shootings

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Americans celebrate Thanksgiving holiday with traditional feasts and parades, but among Native Americans, it is a day of dark reflection on genocide following arrival of Pilgrims and European settlers in 1620.

Bluey balloon flies during the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City.

The United States has marked the Thanksgiving holiday with traditional feasts, parades and American football, taking a moment to celebrate in a week shadowed by gun violence.Among Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of dark reflection on the genocide following the arrival of Pilgrims and European settlers who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 and celebrated the autumn harvest with the Wampanoag peoples. The official holiday dates to the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a day to give thanks and seek healing. The holiday comes as Americans were mourning this year in the wake of a pair of deadly shootings. On Saturday, an attacker opened fire in a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five people. On Tuesday, a Walmart employee gunned down six coworkers and turned the gun on himself in Chesapeake, Virginia.Those were just two of the more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, using the definition of four or more shot or killed, not including the shooter.
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and it is also the National Day of Mourning, which remembers the genocide of millions of Native Americans and their ongoing erasure today.In giving thanks today, let us also reflect and act to stop the ongoing genocide of America’s Indigenous Peoples.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) November 24, 2022

Biden on gun violence President Joe Biden on Thursday called the two owners of
Colorado Springs nightspot Club Q, Nic Grzecka and Matthew
Haynes, to offer condolences and thank them for their
contributions to the community, the White House said.While visiting a firehouse on Nantucket Island,
Massachusetts, to thank first responders on Thanksgiving, Biden
told reporters he would attempt to pass some form of gun control
before a new Congress is seated in January, possibly renewing
his attempt to ban assault weapons.”The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be
purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no social
redeeming value, zero, none. Not a single solitary rationale for
it except profits for gun manufacturers,” Biden said, presumably
referring to certain rifles as many common and less lethal
weapons are also semi-automatic.Earlier Biden phoned into presenters of the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, a televised extravaganza of
marching bands, floats and performances by stars including
Dionne Warwick, who sang the classic “What the World Needs Now.”The approach of the long holiday weekend typically ignites a
frenzy of travel as scattered families come together from across
the country for holiday meals.Midnight after Thanksgiving also marks the unofficial start
of the Christmas shopping season, offering a snapshot of the
state of the US economy.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s appropriate to acknowledge the history of violence & displacement of Native Americans in the US.It was my pleasure to honor them with a Senate Resolution during Native American heritage month, on the Senate floor. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth— Senator Sharif Street (@SenSharifStreet) November 24, 2022

NFL gamesTelevised American football serves as the backdrop to turkey dinners with mounds of side dishes and desserts. The National Football League was staging three games on Thursday.Thanksgiving also prompts an outpouring of donations to the poor and hungry, a task complicated by avian flu outbreaks that have eliminated about 8 million turkeys, making the big birds more scarce and thus more expensive this year. Production of turkey meat this year is forecast to fall 7 percent from 2021, according to US government data.
Source: Reuters

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