Happy Thanksgiving! Or should I say, Happy Native American Genocide Day?

I don’t hate Thanksgiving but I do feel it’s important to understand the true history of the holiday.

First Genocide, Then Lie About It | Why I Hate ThanksgivingThese are the Puritans that the Indians “saved”, and whom we celebrate in the holiday, Thanksgiving. Tisquantum, also known as Squanto, a member of the Patuxet Indian nation. Samoset, of the Wabonake Indian nation, which lived in Maine. They went to Puritan villages and, having learned to speak English, brought deer meat and beaver skins for the hungry, cold Pilgrims. Tisquantum stayed with them and helped them survive their first years in their New World. He taught them how to navigate the waters, fish and cultivate corn and other vegetables. He pointed out poisonous plants and showed how other plants could be used as medicines. He also negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and Massasoit, head chief of the Wampanoags, a treaty that gave the Pilgrims everything and the Indians nothing. And even that treaty was soon broken. All this is celebrated as the First Thanksgiving.

My own feeling? The Indians should have let the Pilgrims die. But they couldn’t do that. Their humanity made them assist other human beings in need. And for that beautiful, human, loving connection they — and those of us who are not Indian as well — paid a terrible price: The genocide of the original inhabitants of Turtle Island, what is now America. http://www.counterpunch.org/2003/11/27/why-i-hate-thanksgiving/print

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Genocide of Native Americans | The sad reality about the United States of America is that in a matter of a few hundreds years it managed to rewrite its own history into a mythological fantasy. The concepts of liberty, freedom and free enterprise in the “land of the free, home of the brave” are a mere spin. The US was founded and became prosperous based on two original sins: firstly, on the mass murder of Native Americans and theft of their land by European colonialists; secondly, on slavery. This grim reality is far removed from the fairytale version of a nation that views itself in its collective consciousness as a virtuous universal agent for good and progress…

In other words, to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US is like setting aside a day in Germany to celebrate the Holocaust. Thanksgiving is the American Holocaust. The original crimes of genocide and slavery are not limited to US early history but have found an extension in the current policies of modern-day US. The systematic assault on other nations and cultures still goes on today under various pretenses or outright lies. United States wars of empire are going on today more than ever before. These wars have left millions of people dead across the world in the course of American history, and they are still fought for the same reasons behind the Native American genocide and slavery: namely, to expand the wealth of the US elite. http://newsjunkiepost.com/2010/11/25/thanksgiving-celebrating-the-genocide-of-native-americans/#sthash.KOOojWEs.dpuf

The Day of the Fools | Native Americans Should Have Let the Pilgrims StarveEssentially, the state builds a historical narrative that gives its citizens a sense of unity. Holidays are designed to give legitimacy to the accepted version of history that not does always conform to the Truth. It is a process that builds a “national culture.”

Deviation from this narrative disturbs people and even offends them. My sister would not invite me to social gatherings during the Vietnam War because I would bring up topics such as racism, police brutality and the Vietnam War. I was told that I was a party pooper, and would lay intellectual pedos (farts)—forcing people to move away…

The months of October and November are replete with fictitious versions of history. During these to months, the state allocates holidays for Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. These official narratives become the Truth. Teachers teach students fictitious narratives, and in turn the public is grateful for the gift of a holiday…

Few people know that the tradition of Thanksgiving was invented during the Civil war by President Abraham Lincoln in October 1863 when he proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Thereafter, the myth of the Pilgrims and the Indians was constructed.

The story is known by almost every American. For twelve years, from K-12, they learn the story of that in the early autumn of 1621 fifty-three surviving Pilgrims celebrated a successful harvest. The natives joined the celebration and instead of attacking the Pilgrims they made peace.

The Indians were thanked: their land was stolen from them, they were massacred, and many lived out their lives in slavery…

The fictitious history alleviates our guilt, and we forget the reasons why some people are in food lines, and others are eating cheap hormone infected birds, while a few eat organic turkey.

Not knowing, not questioning makes this El Día de los Pendejos. We are fools because we don’t question the narrative. It is why we keep repeating injustices.

So now pass me the gravy. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/08/native-americans-should-have-let-the-pilgrims-starve/print

Ryan Dawson: Unraveling Thanksgiving and other surrounding myths. Thanksgiving: What really happened? http://www.rys2sense.com/anti-neocons/viewtopic.php?f=114&t=3884

2 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving! Or should I say, Happy Native American Genocide Day?”

  1. There is so much of US history that has been rewritten, Bill Bryson wrote a great book that exposes so many of our ‘Truths’. Yes, we don’t go out and kill our benefactors on Thanksgiving, but it is probably the busiest time of family fights, domestic violence and killing of family members… So not a good time to mention your stuffing is better than Grandma’s!
    Be aware that the holiday has taken on a life of its own, but the truth of its origin is just as disturbing as those other ‘Holy Days’ (Christmas, Easter, Halloween) in their extreme. 😉

    The Truth About Thanksgiving

    I hope that everyone keeps all of this in mind when celebrating the historically proven myth that is Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians
    http://theblacklistpub.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-myth-gtthanksgiving-a

    The Real Story of Thanksgiving
    http://www.infowars.com/the-real-story-of-thanksgiving/

    In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

    Cheered by their “victory”, the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

    Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of “thanksgiving” to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts — where it remained on display for 24 years.

    The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War — on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

    Cooking the History Books: The Thanksgiving Massacre
    http://www.republicoflakotah.com/2009/cooking-the-history-books-the-thanksgiving-massacre/

    William Bradford, in his famous History of the Plymouth Plantation, celebrated the Pequot massacre:

    “Those that scraped the fire were slaine with the sword; some hewed to peeces, others rune throw with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatchte, and very few escapted. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fyer, and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stincke and sente there of, but the victory seemed a sweete sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to inclose their enemise in their hands, and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enimie.”

    The Pequot massacre came after the colonists, angry at the murder of an English trader suspected by the Pequots of kidnapping children, sought revenge. Rather than fighting the dangerous Pequot warriors, Major John Mason and Captain John Underhill led a group of colonists and Native allies to the Indian fort in Mystic, and killed the old men, women, and children who were there. Those who escaped were later hunted down. The Pequot tribe numbered 8,000 when the Pilgrims arrived, but disease had brought their numbers down to 1,500 by 1637. The Pequot “War” killed all but a handful of remaining members of the tribe.

    Proud of their accomplishments, Underhill wrote a book that depicted the burning of the village and even made an illustration showing how they surrounded the village to kill all within it.

    The Massacre for Which Thanksgiving Is Named
    http://www.progressivehistorians.com/2008/11/massacre-for-which-thanksgiving-is.html

    Celebrating Genocide – The Real Story of Thanksgiving
    November 25, 2015
    http://wakeup-world.com/2015/11/25/thankful-for-genocide-the-real-story-of-thanksgiving/

    An untold truth: The real story behind ‘Thanksgiving’
    http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20111123/OPINION02/311230030

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    The Truth Behind Columbus and the “Discovery of America” Myths

    On October 12, 1492 (the first day he encountered the native people of the Americas), Columbus wrote in his journal: “They should be good servants …. I, our Lord being pleased, will take hence, at the time of my departure, six natives for your Highnesses.” These captives were later paraded through the streets of Barcelona and Seville when Columbus returned to Spain.

    Here is what Columbus had to say about his initial impression of the natives:

    “So tractable, so peaceable, are these people, that I swear to your Majesties there is not in the world a better nation. They love their neighbors as themselves, and their discourse is ever sweet and gentle, and accompanied with a smile; and though it is true that they are naked, yet their manners are decorous and praiseworthy.”

    From his very first contact with native people, Columbus had their domination in mind. For example, on October 14, 1492, Columbus wrote in his journal, “with fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them.” These were not mere words. After his second voyage, Columbus sent back a consignment of natives to be sold as slaves.

    Yet in an April, 1493, letter to Luis de Santangel (a patron who helped fund the first voyage), Columbus made clear that the people he encountered had done nothing to deserve ill treatment. According to Columbus:

    “They are artless and generous with what they have, to such a degree as no one would believe but him who had seen it. Of anything they have, if it be asked for, they never say no, but do rather invite the person to accept it, and show as much lovingness as though they would give their hearts.”

    Nonetheless, later in the letter Columbus went on to say:

    “Their Highnesses may see that I shall give them as much gold as they need …. and slaves as many as they shall order to be shipped.”

    Columbus Day: American Holocaust and Slave Trader
    By Roy Cook
    http://americanindiansource.com/columbusday.html

    A People’s History of the United States
    Chapter 1: Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress
    By Howard Zinn
    http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinncol1.html

    Via: Jason Strope

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