Thanksgiving is a celebration of "white privilege"

Sigh.

Can't I just thank God for all the blessings that he has bestowed on us without lapsing into another scolding reminder of  "white privilege?"

New York Times opinion columnist among many others, declares in The Horrible History of Thanksgiving:

I spent most of my life believing a gauzy, kindergarten version of Thanksgiving, thinking only of feasts and family, turkey and dressing.

I was blind, willfully ignorant, I suppose, to the bloodier side of the Thanksgiving story, to the more honest side of it.

But I’ve come to believe that is how America would have it if it had its druthers: We would be blissfully blind, living in a soft world bleached of hard truth. I can no longer abide that.

The Daily Beast laments that

the country uses the myth of the First Thanksgiving to make it appear that Indians consented bloodlessly to colonialism....The myth tells that supposedly friendly Indians (rarely identified by tribe) voluntarily gifted their country to the Pilgrims in order to lay the foundations for a white, Christian, democratic United States. [Emphasis added.]

We read that Thanksgiving is "a long American tradition of white people insisting that Indians should disappear." Or about how children's minds are being corrupted by racist Thanksgiving pageants. And, of course, there's "Thanksgiving privilege."

Enough, already. Can't it simply be a national day of thanks for our blessings? Of which we have many, probably a lot more than we deserve. Thanks, especially, for a forgiving and merciful God, for all our transgressions, including the way Native Americans were treated?

Yes, American Indians were driven from their lands, ravaged by European diseases and betrayed time after time by empty promises. God forgive those who did that.

But the extent that the concept of Thanksgiving Day is being attacked, trashed and pasted by the woke left has gone beyond ridiculous and has entered the land of its own mythology.

Among them is the above assertion that the "First Thanksgiving" memorializes the idea that Indians "voluntarily gifted their country." This is not what we were taught in my school or in any other school I know of. There was nothing voluntary about it. The history I was taught included the wars waged against and by Indians to protect their themselves, their families and villages. The history I was taught told of the "braves" who were noble and skilled warriors

By the way, the history I was taught included the story about how the Indians came to the rescue of starving Pilgrims by providing food and teaching them essential survival lessons.

But the history I was taught also included more than tales of victimization. The history I was taught was (unlike today's woke) two-sided that included the good and the bad of both sides.

In it, we learned that Indians committed their own atrocities, such as the Fort Dearborn massacre of innocent civilians near the present-day McCormick Place that the woke now want to falsely claim was an even-handed "battle." True history recounted how the Indian tribes battled each other before and after the Europeans arrived.

Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of thanks because

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. (Read the entire declaration here.)

The woke are guilty of a logical fallacy. We can both thank God and be cognizant of the wrongs committed against the indigenous peoples. It's something they fail to understand in their self-righteous, never-ending campaign to divide us.

dennis@dennisbyrne.net

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My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812

 

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