Unhappy Thanksgiving Wishes
A letter sent to teachers encouraged them to myth-bust Thanksgiving and helpfully provided tips like this:
Myth #11: Thanksgiving is a happy time.Heaven forbid that white Americans should every be happy. But according to Fox, the author assumes the worst -- as we see manifested continually by the negative world view of the PC-ites:
Fact: For many Indian people, “Thanksgiving” is a time of mourning, of remembering how a gift of generosity was rewarded by theft of land and seed corn, extermination of many from disease and gun, and near total destruction of many more from forced assimilation. As currently celebrated in this country, “Thanksgiving” is a bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal returned for friendship.
And yes, Virginia, there are ten preceding "myths" in this dose of Thanksgiving nastiness, which the Seattle school district felt compelled to share with its students. Imagine how the Christian kids felt about this one:
[O]ne Seattle-area tribe says Thanksgiving is not somber on the reservation but a time to see friends and family, as it is for other Americans.
Native Americans in the Northwest celebrate the holiday with turkey and salmon, said Daryl Williams of the Tulalip Tribes. Before the period of bitter and violent relationships between natives and their culturally European counterparts, they worked together to survive, he said.
"The spirit of Thanksgiving, of people working together to help each other, is the spirit I think that needs to grow in this country, because this country has gotten very divisive," he said.
Myth #3: The colonists came seeking freedom of religion in a new land."Rigid fundamentalists,"' as opposed to "rigid politically correct doctrinaire grumps," I guess.
Fact: The colonists were not just innocent refugees from religious persecution. By 1620, hundreds of Native people had already been to England and back, most as captives; so the Plimoth colonists knew full well that the land they were settling on was inhabited. Nevertheless, their belief system taught them that any land that was “unimproved” was “wild” and theirs for the taking; that the people who lived there were roving heathens with no right to the land. Both the Separatists and Puritans were rigid fundamentalists who came here fully intending to take the land away from its Native inhabitants and establish a new nation, their “Holy Kingdom.” The Plimoth colonists were never concerned with “freedom of religion” for anyone but themselves.
Shame on me for thinking the way I do. So I'd best re-visit my salutation.