Today is my oldest daughter Samantha’s birthday (which I celebrate rather than Thanksgiving) and while I have a lot to be grateful for this Thursday, and every other day of the year, it frustrates me to no end that this “holiday” is a day of celebration for most of you. It is a day of mourning for the Native Peoples of the Americas. While most of you are going to be sitting around with family and friends eating, drinking and watching football, I ask that you take a few moments to remember the 100 million or so native people that have been almost completely annihilated by the White Europeans.
According to the latest U.S. Census “Native Americans” (a supposedly politically correct term created by white guilt) are only 1% of the current population. I hope this news makes you realize that the “Fairy Tale” in which the Pilgrims (who didn’t call themselves Pilgrims) showed up, the Natives fed them and welcomed them and they lived happily ever after. Now I totally understand why they tell the “Fairy Tale” (the real story would make a terrible Schoolhouse Rock song) but make no mistake it was just one of the first blatant lies that this country was founded on. First of all the “Pilgrims” did not come here in search of religious freedom; they already had that in Holland. They came as a commercial venture and with them they brought disease, sexism, racism, jails and a class system (you can’t have a class system without jails). Secondly, the first official “Day of Thanksgiving” was proclaimed in 1637 by Governor Winthrop, He did so to celebrate the safe return of people from the Massachusetts Bay Colony who went to Mystic, Connecticut to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot men, women and children. The only truth to the “Fairy Tale” is that the “Pilgrims” would not have survived their first several years in “New England” without the help of the Wampanoag people. The natives got genocide, theft of their land and a never ending repression. So forgive me if I don’t want to celebrate today but there’s not a lot to be giving “Thanks” for if you ask me…and don’t even get me started on that scumbag Christopher Columbus.