Thursday, November 22, 2007

No Thanks to Thanksgiving

It would be a strong indication of moral progress in the United States of America if the Thanksgiving holiday would be widely acknowledged as to what actually happened. And that instead of a feast we might hold a national Day of Atonement for the genocide perpetrated by our European ancestors against the native peoples of this land. 'it's also true that by 1637 Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop was proclaiming a thanksgiving for the successful massacre of hundreds of Pequot Indian men, women and children, part of the long and bloody process of opening up additional land to the English invaders. The pattern would repeat itself across the continent until between 95 and 99 percent of American Indians had been exterminated and the rest were left to assimilate into white society or die off on reservations, out of the view of polite society....Simply put: Thanksgiving is the day when the dominant white culture (and, sadly, most of the rest of the non-white but non-indigenous population) celebrates the beginning of a genocide that was, in fact, blessed by the men we hold up as our heroic founding fathers.'

'How does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis?'

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