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Wed Nov 24, 2021, 07:55 PM

WSJ needs to cease its incorrect Pilgrim Journal


..."On this 400th anniversary of what we believe to be the first Thanksgiving, the Wall Street Journal is poised to print its insulting Pilgrim Journal version of early colonial history for the 60th time.

Not only is the account suffused with the racist sentiment, but it is also factually incorrect to a grotesque degree. The newspaper is impugning its own credibility and not just its core values.

The offending editorials by the Wall Street Journal refer to the Indigenous people who gave Pilgrims corn and taught them how to grow the life-saving source of food as less than human. The diary showcased by the Wall Street Journal characterizes this bountiful continent as “a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men.”

Such de-humanization contributed to the genocide that extinguished 90 percent of the Indigenous population and produced residential schools that took Native children from their families, as was the case with my grandfather who attended three of them. This dehumanization is not a thing of the past. It continues today with the disappearances of thousands of Indigenous women whose fate is often not even investigated."...(more)

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