Thursday, November 25, 2010

Is Thanksgiving a bad day for Indians?. . .Or, are they having the last laugh?

I don’t feel bad for the Indians a.k.a. “Native Americans“. I happen to live only a few miles away from a reservation that enjoys riches from a ever growing casino and resort complex. I actually feel sorry for the primarily white retirees that foolishly squander their pensions on the slots, video poker and over priced hotel rooms.

I’m sure if they weren’t placed on reservations in the 19th century, they surely would have been 100% exterminated. The White Man didn’t have to let them live.

One thing that cannot be overlooked is that today’s “Native American” enjoys and refuses to give up our modern Western Civilization and the comforts afforded by White Man’s technology. That includes those nice homes built by tribal gaming fortunes.

THANKSGIVING: A day of Mourning

Ironically, the first official "Day of Thanksgiving" was proclaimed in 1637 by Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop. He did so to celebrate the safe return of English colony men from Mystic, Connecticut. They massacred 600 Pequots that had laid down their weapons and accepted Christianity. They were rewarded with a vicious and cowardly slaughter by their new "brothers in Christ”.

There’s nothing new here. People have been killing in the name of religion since the beginning of human history. Keep in mind, the Indians had a habit of killing each other in mass quantities, too. In today’s terms, it would have been called genocide.

The Truth About Thanksgiving Is that the Debunkers Are Wrong

Or as one of the founders of the National Day of Mourning, AIM’s Russell Means, claims, “After a colonial militia had returned from murdering the men, women, and children of an Indian village, the governor proclaimed a holiday and feast to give thanks for the massacre. He also encouraged other colonies to do likewise -- in other words, every autumn after the crops are in, go kill Indians and celebrate your murders with a feast.”

In this modern age, we cannot have Thanksgiving without being called RACIST!!! We can’t swing a dead cat with out the race card being pulled. Can we?

Thanksgiving Costumes -- Cute or Racist?

Michelle Raheja, the parent who initiated the ban, is a member of the Seneca tribe. She complained that the costumes are "demeaning" and no different than allowing children to dress up like Nazis. "There is nothing to be served by dressing up as a racist stereotype," she said.

Dwindle wrote: “How pitiful. I’m tired of people throwing around words like racism with no context. No one is implying Native Americans are an inferior race by dressing up as them, and it’s childish and cheap to pretend they are. All you’re doing is taking harmless fun from children because of your own self pity.”

This story reminds me of a South Park Halloween episode where Eric Cartman dresses up like Hitler and goes to school only to be forced to watch a video titled, “It’s Not Cool To Dress Like Hitler In School”. I would be laughing but this disgustingly opportunistic use of the “race card” is not at all funny.

Thanksgiving: Memory, meaning and myth

For the 75 years which followed, each President in office formally proclaimed that Thanksgiving Day should be celebrated on that last Thursday in November until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it up one week earlier. The President's reason for this change was to help businesses by lengthening the shopping period prior to Christmas. Public uproar against this decision returned the celebration of Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later when congress over-ruled the President and declared the fourth Thursday of November would be deemed an observation of Thanksgiving Day and a legal federal holiday.

I will be enjoying two Thanksgiving feasts this year and I’ll not worry too much about Indians or those horrible offensive racist Pilgrim costumes. On Friday, I’ll sit back and watch the Black Friday riots and stampedes on the evening news.

“When the propaganda work has converted a whole people to believe in a doctrine, the organization can turn the results of this into practical effect through the work of a mere handful of men. Propaganda and organization, therefore follower and member, then stand towards one another in a definite mutual relationship. The better the propaganda has worked, the smaller will the organization be. The greater the number of followers, so much the smaller can be the number of members. And conversely. If the propaganda be bad, the organization must be large. And if there be only a small number of followers, the membership must be all the larger – if the movement really counts on being successful.” --Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

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