This week millions will celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, enjoying good food and watching football. However, the media and schools have been spreading a vilification of Thanksgiving. “genocide”And “imperialism.”
MSNBC aired Gyasi Ros, an activist for Native Americans to critique Thanksgiving 2021.
“Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence,”He said.
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An earlier edition was published in the November 21, 2020 edition. “AM Joy,”Jason Johnson, an MSNBC regular, also echoed similar sentiments.
“I know several people who call it ‘Colonizer Christmas,’ because they don’t really like the idea of what Thanksgiving represents,”Johnson spoke.
The same mindset is now prevalent on college campuses. Barnard College sent an email in 2013 to inform all students that it was time for them to leave. “Happy Turkey Week. Thanksgiving is complicated. We urge you not to forget that this holiday commemorates genocide and American imperialism.”
In 2019, the New Yorker connected the very existence of Thanksgiving to historical evils in America’s history: “Glorifying the endurance of white Pilgrim founders diverted attention from the brutality of Jim Crow and racial violence, and downplayed the foundational role of African slavery.”
The long-running drama’s main character “Grey’s Anatomy”Insisted on a 2021 episode “Thanksgiving isn’t really a holiday we should celebrate. There’s no actual evidence Native Americans were even invited to a feast. I think they cared more about being colonized and having their land stolen than mashed potatoes.”
Geoffrey Dickens, Media Research Center Director for Media Analysis, gave an explanation to FoxNews.com Digital about why Hollywood and journalists are refusing this holiday.
“A lot of this stems from the Marxist, anti-American ideology that is pushed in academia that a lot of the journalism school grads have been subjected to,”He said.
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Dickens also wrote about media distaste for Thanksgiving. “There is also a religious aspect to the holiday – expressing gratitude for blessings of faith, family and living in a free country — that sadly many in the secular press are not comfortable discussing.”
Fox News digital spoke to Melanie Kirkpatrick as well. Her title is Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and she wrote the book 2016. “Thanksgiving: The holiday at the heart of the American experience.”It comes down to Thanksgiving and education. “Elementary schools are doing a better job of teaching the First Thanksgiving. Native Americans are correctly presented as vital participants in the 1621 feast without whose help, the Pilgrims might not have survived.”
However, she cautioned, “That’s not true in high schools. If Thanksgiving is studied at all, it’s often misrepresented. A student at a prestigious New York public high school once told me that the roots of the holiday are found in English settlers’ custom of holding Thanksgivings when they killed Indians. That’s a gross misrepresentation.”
Kirkpatrick shared the message that high school students get in her book. This is the essence of today “cultural imperialism and the displacement and murder of Native Americans by European settlers.”Her observation was: “The online Zinn Educational Project, which provides lesson plans and supplementary material to accompany Howard Zinn’s leftist bestseller, ‘A People’s History of the United States,’ offers one example of the kind of material that some young people are being taught.”
This material, concluded she, was full of “inaccuracies and bizarre interpretations.”
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According to Kirkpatrick, the strife that has engulfed our country on a daily basis distracts from Thanksgiving’s greater meaning.
“Amid all the political and cultural turmoil with which we live today, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of our country’s many blessings. Thanksgiving Day is a good moment to reflect on the words of Benjamin Franklin, who called Thanksgiving a day of ‘public Felicity’ in which Americans give thanks, above all, for our ‘full Enjoyment of Liberty, civil and religious.’ That was 1785. Franklin’s words apply no less equally today,”Sie said.
It was also pointed out that since 1961, the Wall Street Journal had published the same Thanksgiving editorial. She expressed gratitude that the United States is still the “longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators.”
“That’s indeed a reason to give thanks—on every day of the year,”Kirkpatrick explained.
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