Friday, November 23, 2012

No Thanks for Thanksgiving

Looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.
One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.

In fact, indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas.
He goes on about America's Thanksgiving  being Nazi-like and such.  So, since Spanish Conquistadors which present day Hispanics are descended from (among other Spanish speaking peoples), we can refer to them as White Supramicists?  Is that ok? I mean, at some point the narrative changed to "White Anglos" were the racists.  Is it ok to include Spanish as well?

Later in the article the author talks about the criminal brutality on a grand scale.  But I guess he really means criminal brutality on a "grander scale" than the type that the Indians used on each other.  But the author of the piece would never admit that American Indians (or Native Americans...but from what we have been taught, the "Native Americans" are no more native to America than the Europeans were since Indian ancestors migrated across the land bridge that supposedly existed at one time) ever fought one another.
In addition to decimation by war with European groups (in contrast to those who worked to covert Indians to faith in Christ), armed conflict and ritual violence between Indians themselves are of considerable antiquity in North America. In North American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence, it is evidenced that in contrast to revisionist history that tribal warfare was more like football games, recent findings provide more evidence that from antiquity Indians fought each other, that internecine "warfare was ubiquitous; every major culture area of native North America reviewed herein has produced archaeological, ethnohistorical, osteological, or ethnographic evidence of armed conflict and ritual violence." This could involve the taking of human trophies being encouraged before contact with Europeans, and hostilities that at least among some areas resulted in "the massacre and mutilation of men, women, and children."
Yes, American Indians gave battle and lost mainly due to European weapon superiority.  But a huge part, if not majority of deaths were disease related - something humans had no idea or concept of.  To place the blame of that on settlers as some sort of deliberate action is wrong.  In fact, by the time the Pilgrims had landed, small pox had already obliterated many of the American Indians in that area.  Sad?  Yes!

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