Thursday, November 24, 2016

WHY DO AMERICANS CELEBRATE GENOCIDE?

How morbid can you get? Well, it all depends how ell you are at twisting history to fit your reality.

Take Thanksgiving, for example.

We teach our kids that it commemorates the first American settlers having a sit down dinner with their new found friends, the Native Americans Indians.

Well, guess what? That's all made up fairy tale kind of stuff.

What really happened is that the settlers slaughtered the Indians and took their food and land. And that's what the big celebration is really all about.

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving: "It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans" | Democracy 

It’s never been about honoring Native Americans. 

It’s been about the origin story of the United States, the beginning of genocide, dispossession and constant warfare from that time—actually, from 1607 in Jamestown—until the present. It’s a colonial system that was set up.

There’s a sort of annual calendar for this origin story, beginning with Columbus, October 12.

Why celebrate Columbus? 

It was the onset of colonialism, the slave trade and dispossession of the Native people of the Americas. So, that is celebrated with a federal holiday. 

That’s followed then by Thanksgiving, which is a completely made-up story to say the Native people welcomed these people who were going to devastate their civilizations, which is simply a lie. 

And then you go to Presidents’ Days, the Founding Fathers, in February, and celebrate these slaveowners, 

Indian killers. 

George Washington headed the Virginia militia for the very purpose of killing Native people on the periphery of the colony, before, you know, when it was still a Virginia colony. 

And then we have the big day, the fireworks, July 4th, independence, which is probably the most tragic event in world history, because it gave us—it gave the world a genocidal regime under the guise of democracy. And that’s really the historical context that I think we have to see Thanksgiving in, that it is a part of that mythology that attempts to cover up the real history of the United States.