Rihanna is taking the Thanksgiving holiday to acknowledge Native Americans in “mourning” over the controversial celebration.
The singer, a native of Barbados, shared the sentiment Thanksgiving evening in an Instagram stories post.
“Some are celebrating today…many are in mourning,” wrote the 32-year-old star. “Sending love to all my Native American brothers and sisters.”
For many indigenous people, the holiday is a reminder of the death of their ancestors at the hands of European colonists, according to Kisha James of the United American Indians of New England.
“We have our own story to tell in our own way,” James told The Boston Globe.
“Some Wampanoag ancestors did welcome pilgrims with open arms,” she added. “And what did we get in return? Genocide, the theft of our lands, slavery, and never-ending oppression.”
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