Unthanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It is not in vain that the holiday falls on Thanksgiving Day, the organizers were striving for this. Today, people remember the indigenous peoples of America and fight for their rights. Did you know about this date?
Historically, Unthanksgiving Day has been celebrated with various events on Alcatraz Island. This is a counter date to a more popular one on the same day, it calls not to forget about the ancestors who inhabited these lands. Indigenous peoples for many years tried to survive, faced persecution, cruelty. They resisted as best they could, and many data about their heroism have survived to this day.
The prison on Alcatraz closed in 1963 by order of the US Attorney General. The reason, according to the official version, was the huge cost of maintaining it. After 5 years, a group of Native Americans occupied the island, put forward their terms, which reflected civil rights. In 1971, the government managed to remove them from these lands.
Curious facts about Alcatraz:
- the prison was originally planned for the worst people in this world, but during the pandemic, chaos reigned here – both murderers and ordinary robbers were placed here;
- one of the overseers, James Jones, has served here since its inception. He was known as a disciplined person, enjoyed the respect of the prisoners and even had a certain affection for them. It is amazing that he dined among unguarded people, even after the attack;
- the famous Al Capone spent his punishment here;
- a large number of prisoners compared the prison to a real hell, while saying that they would prefer death instead of being here.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the indigenous peoples of America – they have a rich history full of traditions, good and sad events. There are organizations that help them – become a volunteer or make a donation. Tell people about the date.
When is Unthanksgiving Day celebrated in 2022?
Unthanksgiving Day is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.