Thanksgiving is an ethics holiday, almost as much an ethics holiday as Christmas. The United States is a nation founded on ethical idealism, so it figures that that increasingly vile and relentless defilers of the nation, who have multiplied like bacteria in agar for a wealth of reasons, attack both holidays with as much gusto as they attack the U.S. year ’round. Here’s the reliably disgusting Joy Reid on Thanksgiving: in a typical Reid rant, she said it is…
….important to unpack the myth of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday riddled with historical inaccuracies.
Built on this myth that the indigenous welcomed their colonizers with open arms and ears of corn. A simplistic fairy tale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed. It’s the truth that Republicans want banned from our textbooks because here is the secret they want so desperately to keep.
We are a country founded on violence. Our birth was violent. In 1619, a ship with more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Virginia, ushering in two centuries of American slavery that left millions in chains or dead. With those humans in bondage were finally free, a terrorist organization that was a card carrying member of polite society, Ku Klux Klan, picked up where the Civil War ended, using violence to maintain white supremacy. The Klan is still active and as Americans, we continue to choose violence. We are a country that chooses violence over and over again. There is no facet of the mark in society untouched by it.
Typical of Reid, she engages in an orgy of historical misinformation, to use the Left’s favorite word of late, to claim that Thanksgiving is “riddled with historical inaccuracies.” Holidays are not about technical accuracy, but tradition and symbolism. Deconstructing any holiday is a breeze; all one has to do is focus on related events and facts that the are not the reason the holiday exists. Let’s talk about Martin Luther King, Joy!A remembrance of an inspiring event doesn’t “erase” what follows, and the American Thanksgiving was never intended to perform that time-traveling legerdemain. I can’t wait for Joy to observe that the “myth” of Christmas doesn’t erase the Holocaust, or the Tuskegee experiments.
First of all, Joy apparently doesn’t realize that what we now call Thanksgiving was a cross-cultural festival based on English and French traditions, giving thanks for such boons as the failure of the Gunpowder Plot and the ends of plagues, as well as the bounty of good harvests. It was a tradition for the English and French settlers of the U.S. and Canada long before they got to North America: Does Joy realize that there is a Canadian Thanksgiving that has nothing to do with Native Americans? Of course not, because she just thinks, hates, and says stuff.
The American Thanksgiving story is not a “myth.” It happened. In 1621, the surviving Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts finally had a good harvest after nearly starving to death in the previous winter.. Then the grateful refugees from England—who did not come to “colonize” the Indians, since they didn’t know who or what they would encounter in the New World—celebrated their good fortune with the Wampanoags tribe who had helped them get through the terrible winter by giving them food. Yes, the 1619 settlers, also from England, who landed in Virginia had declared and celebrated their own “thanksgiving” for arriving safely after their voyage, but these were two separate events. A historian Joy Reid isn’t. And no, the original Virginia Thanksgiving was not based on thanks for being able to bring slavery to North America.
Joy conveniently omits the fact that Americans “chose violence” to free those slaves, and succeeded. I have little doubt that the rising racial apartheid movement among progressives will eventually turn to agitation for “Juneteenth” to be celebrated as the Black Thanksgiving, leaving this one to those evil, racist whites. Separate but equal is back in vogue.
(And the Klan is not “active,” in any meaningful way, Joy, you idiot. It is now the equivalent of a small cult, and even the untrustworthy Southern Poverty Law Center, which depends on exaggerating the presence and power of “hate groups” for its own survival (as a left-wing hate group), estimates that the KKK has only a few thousand members divided into twenty or so small competing chapters across the country. The Flat Earth Society is more “active.”)
Thanksgiving exhorts Americans to be grateful for what they have, for family, friends, community and neighbors and the privilege of being alive, to put aside the differences that divide us and to reconnect with our religious, moral and ethical values as well as what we know is good about the United States of America. We may celebrate it with travel, turkey, football (talk about violence!) and other trappings, but that’s not the point, and has never been the point.
What sad, miserable, confused people regular MSNBC viewers must be.
Happy Thanksgiving, Ethics Alarms readers!
Among many other things, I’m thankful for you.