Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Lives Matter (BLM) accused Americans of “eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land” and bashed Christmas, linking to a story that says the holiday promotes “white-supremacist-capitalism.”
The group’s official Twitter account — where they call themselves a “collective of liberators” — posted a message on Thanksgiving saying, “YOU ARE ON STOLEN LAND,” with a subhead of “Colonization never ended, it just became normalized.”
You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land. pic.twitter.com/1Ob1RgBkvp
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 25, 2021
The group also posted a message saying: “This #Thanksgiving we send our deepest love to families whose loved ones were stolen by state-sanctioned violence and white-supremacy. May we offer a special prayer for those who will forever have an #EmptySeatAtTheTable.”
“Colonization never ended,” another tweet from the group said. “It just became normalized. This nation was built on the stolen land of Indigenous people and the stolen labor and lives of our African Ancestors.” The tweet directed users to a website showing where native tribes once lived across the world.
And the day after Thanksgiving, BLM posted what it called a “new profile pic.”
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 26, 2021
Then on Saturday, BLM posted: “For 7 years #BlackLivesMatter has been drawing connections between white-supremacist-capitalism & police violence with our #BlackXmas campaign.”
The tweet included a link to an article in the Los Angeles Sentinel about “Black Xmas” by Dr. Melina Abdullah, a professor of pan-African studies at California State University in Los Angeles.
In the piece, Abdullah wrote: “Now is when we must renew our commitment to struggle — not simply against white-supremacist-capitalism, but towards imagining and building new visions for the world and for Black people.”
For the last seven years, Black Lives Matter has been challenging people to “dream of a Black Xmas,” to intentionally use our resources to: #BuildBlack (invest in Black-led, Black-serving organizations), #BuyBlack (spend exclusively with Black-owned businesses from Black Friday through New Year), and #BankBlack (move our money from white corporate banks to Black-owned ones). In 2020, #BlackXmas expanded to a nationwide campaign, with a website, blackxmas.org, that provides a listing of organizations to support and businesses to shop. #BlackXmas is about not simply struggling against the systems that enable Rittenhouse, McMichaels, Schwartzman, Walmart, racist policing, violence, and exploitation, but fighting on our terms. #BlackXmas challenges us to shake off the chains of consumerism and step fully into our own collective power, to build new traditions, and run an offense as well as a defense. #BlackXmas is about being self-determined and felling existing structures by building new, and more viable, beneficial ones…in the names of our mightiest and most righteous warrior Ancestors, in the names of those stolen by police violence, in honor of our community, and as a commitment to the generations to come.
The BLM posts came as the liberal media claimed Thanksgiving represents genocide for some people.
“What is Thanksgiving to Indigenous people? ‘A day of mourning,'” a USA Today headline on Tuesday said. “For many, rather than a celebration of peace and shared prosperity between Native Americans and Pilgrims, Thanksgiving represents the dark shadow of genocide and the resilience of Native people,” the piece said.