Thanksgiving is a trash holiday.
Don’t get me wrong, I love any excuse to binge eat and then lay on the couch in a comatose state. However, Thanksgiving seems to me to be one of the most pointless holidays there is. What are we celebrating exactly?
According to Britannica.com, Thanksgiving is an “annual national holiday in the United States and Canada, celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.”
As we all probably know, it is also to recreate the “First Thanksgiving,” where the pilgrims and the Native Americans stopped fighting to feast together and sign a treaty.
That is all great, except when you look further into it and realize the pilgrims eventually broke the treaty and murdered thousands of Native Americans in the name of “progress.”
If you want a holiday to celebrate the blessings of the year and a good harvest, name it something else. Thanksgiving and the focus on the pilgrims, or more accurately the colonizers, is faulty and should not be celebrated at all.
Why revere a group of people for not killing the Natives for a short period of time when they ended up doing it later anyway? Not killing people of another race should not be revered because it’s the decent thing to do and should be expected.
If you want to spend the day eating good food with your family, change Thanksgiving. The holiday itself is not about the pilgrims anymore, it is about being around loved ones and eating until it hurts. So why continue to pretend otherwise?
The United States needs to own up to its past and stop pretending the colonizers were good guys who got along great with indigenous peoples. They weren’t.
Thanksgiving should be about giving thanks, but stop talking about the “pilgrims” and how wonderful they were. As a Native American, I feel justified in saying that we do not think they were as great as you do.