Op-Ed: Why progressives hate Thanksgiving

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“Wokeness is a divisive, exclusionary, hateful religion that offers no forgiveness.” – Elon Musk

When we study history, too many people judge the customs and traditions of the past by what the standards we live by today. For example: From the earliest recorded history, slavery was found in India, Egypt and China during the 4th century. In Athens during the classical period, over half of the population consisted of captured slaves. The Roman economy was totally dependent on slavery.

Many Americans’ introduction to U.S. history is the arrival of 102 passengers on the Mayflower in 1620. But a year earlier, 20 enslaved Africans were brought to the colonies by the British on a Dutch ship to Fort Hampton, Virginia. The Portuguese, Spanish, French and British owned slaves since the 16th century. The first slaves in America were imported by the British, not the colonies.

For decades, progressives have been chastising the pilgrims for invading America and stealing the land that belonged to Native Americans. They contend it was transatlantic migration that destroyed a once thriving American Indian population. Although there were turf wars between the colonies and Native Americans, many of their customs and traditions are alive and well today because the Indians were hunters and gatherers and the pilgrims taught them how to grow, cultivate and plant.

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the tribal community the pilgrims met upon settling in the new world. The Pilgrims would have never survived without the Wampanoag tribe. The mutual respect between these groups led to one of the world’s most well-known dates, Thanksgiving. For years, Thanksgiving has been more turkey and less about the bonding of two different cultures.

The first Thanksgiving took place in Patuxet, the area now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts. Prominent figures in the Plymouth Colony recorded it as a three-day feast and celebration of the harvest, hosted by the Wampanoag Native Americans. The colonists who attended were humble and grateful for this invitation and exchanged gifts of food, drink and seeds to plant their crops.

In the first year of Plymouth Colony, many challenges were met during the harsh winter. Disease and low supplies plagued the colonists as well as the Indian tribes. But the settlement was able to survive working together with the help of local Native Americans. The pilgrims taught tribesmen how to grow and harvest their own food. This proved to be of great value for Native Americans.

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest most powerful things humans can do.” – Randy Pausch

Viewing history and making judgments based on today’s standards uncovers many unacceptable events we’d never accept today. It’s impossible to relive the cultural customs of 400 years ago. Social evolution has made them obsolete. We can’t predict a world that was amended by two great wars. Nor can we judge America today for the way Indians were treated some 400 years ago.

We’ve watched the progressives try to disenfranchise every American institution. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to garner more support from another identity group. Native Americans are an easy target. The progressive base is a hodgepodge mixture of environmentalists, social justice seekers, socialists, LBGTQs, identity groups and anyone else who plays follow the leader.

“Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed we are.” – Joyce Giraud

Liberal pundits and news outlets across the country used Thanksgiving week to disparage the holiday and label it a function of white supremacy and genocide rather than the joining of cultures and sharing of love. They fail to mention how lucky they are to be living in a free democratic nation.

A USA Today headline on Tuesday said, “What is Thanksgiving to Indigenous people? A day of mourning.” This was accompanied by an article that claimed “many” Americans believe the holiday “represents the dark shadow of genocide” and they believe it should be canceled or renamed.

Another news outlet posted an article just last week suggesting that Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving are “hurting” the Native American community. “The holiday perpetuates in a false narrative, that spins the true history of genocide and colonization into a largely false story.”

MSNBC’s Gyasi Ross, who is Native American, explained a segment that white people have created a fake story around Thanksgiving and that the pilgrims are responsible for a system of white supremacy that is used to carry out “state sponsored” violence against Black people today?

Author Michael Coard at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, said: “When the Pilgrims arrived in 1620, they didn’t bring thanks and didn’t give thanks. They brought racist genocide and gave nothing.” He said that “Thanksgiving was only a temporary alliance between the settlers and the Wampanoags.”

The chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools sent a letter to local schools encouraging parents to “decolonize” Thanksgiving, a holiday which brings up “horrors.” Lifestyle media company posted an article this week outlining the many ways Thanksgiving is bad, and not to be celebrated.

So why are so many progressives dead set on eliminating the sacred tradition of Thanksgiving? “If you are familiar with the progressive AKA Communist manifesto, for a dictatorship to succeed they must have total control of the people. As Vladimir Lenin said, ‘Socialism necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.'” Since every Thanksgiving proclamation starts with giving thanks to God, we thank our Creator for His generosity especially our liberty and our American self-government.

As the centuries push historical events further into the past, this opens the doors for interoperation.

And more times than not, it becomes a license to steal for progressives to change salient historical facts to meet their needs and support their false narratives. Progressives profit by rewriting history.

Nothing is sacred to progressives. They wish to radically transform an inherently evil America that was founded on slavery and colonialism. Few Americans gathering to give thanks to the Almighty for their blessings on Thanksgiving are thinking about the Pilgrims and Native Americans. To most people Thanksgiving has become embedded in the American psyche as a day of sharing food, friendship, love, and gestures of good will and thanking God for the blessings He has given us.

Garry Kasparov wrote, “Misinformation is nothing more than propaganda.” Progressives and the news media will continue to disenfranchise every American tradition and institution for the benefit of turning our American Republic into a progressive wasteland of elites controlling the masses. An attack on one of our most cherished and beloved holidays should be a wake up call for all of us.

“The Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.” – St Pope John Paul II

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