As you sit down with your friends and loved ones this holiday to celebrate the European invasion and colonization of Plymouth Massachusetts, aka Thanksgiving I think it is only right, that we as citizens, parents, neighbors so on and so forth take a moment to do what our school system is not and teach the youth what really happened all those years ago.
Over 15 million Native Americans were brutally murdered. Not teaching, or recognizing this truth, erasing an entire race of people from our history books is deceptive and we are in FACT lying to our children when we do not inform them of the FACTS. We simply can not allow our history to be erased or rewritten as it has been so many times in the past.
It is up to us.
So this is my personal take on Thanksgiving………
They have commercialized these holidays to pull us away from the true facts and meanings of things.
Turkeys are associated with Thanksgiving just as Santa Claus and The Easter Bunny lies are synonymous with Christmas and Easter….
It is brainwashing at its infinite level through the guise of innocence, they are constantly goading us, pushing us to consume, consume, consume, because consumption equals happiness. The day after Thanksgiving is not called Black Friday for nothing…..
So let’s take a look at the lie…
We dress up in Pilgrim costumes and as Native Americans to reenact history. When in FACT we are only perpetuating and teaching our children a lie. Why not tell them the TRUTH about the Pilgrims and Natives?
Or history books briefly, yet clearly express “The American Tradition” like such:
After some exploring, the Pilgrims chose the land around Plymouth Harbor for their settlement. Unfortunately, they had arrived in December and were not prepared for the harsh New England Winter. However, they were aided by friendly Indians, who gave them food and showed them how to grow corn. When the warm weather came the colonist planted, fished, hunted and prepared themselves for the next winter. After harvesting their first crop, they and their Indian friends celebrated their first Thanksgiving.
Why is nothing mentioned about the plague that ravaged and significantly reduced the Native population?
When Columbus arrived in the New World and domesticated animals, it brought about disease such as Cowpox which led to Smallpox and was spread when the infected Europeans gifted the Natives with blankets. I believe this very relevant fact is left out intentionally as this would hardly produce a friendly relationship between the two cultures.
In my research I have learned that a good majority of the Pilgrims and Europeans thought of the Natives as heathens, savages, treacherous and even satanic. Then Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop, was noted for calling the plague miraculous. In 1634, he wrote to a friend in England:
But for the Natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles of space the greatest part of them are swept away by the small pox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not fifty, have put themselves under our protect…..
Lets look into what that looked like:
The Pequot Massacre in 1637. The colonist found a white man dead in his boat. They decided he had been murdered and 90 armed settlers burned a Native Village along with their crops then demanded the Natives turn in the murderer. The Natives refused and a massacre followed.
Captain John Mason and his colonist army surrounded a fortified Pequot village and shouted: “ We must burn them! Such a dreadful terror let the Almighty fall upon their spirits so that they would flee from us and run into the very flames. Thus did the Lord judge the Heathen filling this place with dead bodies.” The few surviving Pequot were hunted and slain.
Then the Governor of Plymouth, William Bradford was noted to further elaborate:
Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some were hewed to pieces, others ran through with their rapiers, so that they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived that they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire….horrible was the stink and the scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them.
The day after the massacre the Governor of The Massachusetts Bay Colony declared A day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children. “It shall be signed into law that, this day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.”
We could delve deeper into the historical lies and chat about Squanto, the Wampanoag man who as our history books cite learned English to help the hungry, ill and poor pilgrims.. Laughable at best….. History says Squanto learned English from an English Fisherman who ventured into New England every summer. It also states that Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, squash and pumpkins. It is highly likely that the small band of settlers would not have survived without his help… But this is something we will never know for sure.
History books state that the first Thanksgiving was in 1621. It is true that there was a feast that year, but it was NOT called a Thanksgiving Feast nor was it repeated until years later the day after the Pequot massacre in 1637.
I think a better line of questioning or research into Squanto is in order. How did Squanto really learn English? Well, as a boy, in 1605 Squanto was stolen by a British captain and was taken to England. He worked for a Plymouth merchant who eventually helped him with passage back to Massachusetts, but less than a year later he and 24 of his fellow Natives were kidnapped by a British slave trader. Squanto and his fellow Natives were sold into slavery in Spain. Squanto escaped slavery, journeyed back to England and convinced the captain of a trade ship to take him along on his next trip to Cape Cod in 1619.
Upon entering his village he came to the horrific realization that he was the only surviving member of his tribe. The rest were killed in battle or taken out by disease. They exclude his enslavement in order to paint a pretty picture and to glorify the Europeans and erase the struggles of the Native people.
Our history is being turned into pretty myths and illusions of grandeur, fairy tales and bedtime stories, we are eliminating historical facts that offer us invaluable lessons from the past to not repeat in the present and further destroy our future.These are valuable, meaningful truths about our present as well as our future.
What good is teaching history in schools if it is not accurate and honest account of civilizations, cultures and events. Why fill our youth with a body of ethnocentric and premeditive alterations?
Truth is Thanksgiving is full of embarrassing truths about we as a people. The Pilgrims DID NOT introduce the Native Americans to the tradition. Eastern Indians observed annual Harvest Celebrations for centuries. Our Modern Holiday only dates back to 1863. It was not until the 1890’s that the Pilgrims were included in the tradition, hell they weren’t even called Pilgrims until 1870.
I am not writing this to make anyone feel bad about celebrating Thanksgiving, I am not saying we should not celebrate it. None of us are responsible for the heinous acts of our ancestors. We did not cause the plagues or massacres. But I think it is important as human beings to be honest about our History, about holidays.
Many of you may wonder why I am saying any of this?
How does it pertain to you?
It is simple. History that is not inclusive is dangerous, it promotes racism and prejudice and promulgates the negative vortex of dishonesty. It is fine to spend time with our friends and loved ones. It is important to be thankful, and there is nothing wrong with setting aside a day to be thankful. But in reality we should be thankful every day. If we are going to be thankful on this day perhaps we should be thankful for those who gave their lives rather unwillingly so that we could celebrate this day. Lets just be honest tho, we are celebrating a very unfair and unwarranted onslaught of thievery, murder, rape and more.
America was not settled or colonized, it was stolen with brute force. Perhaps we should be thankful that the sentient beings from elsewhere have not openly taken our land…..yet