Earlier by Ann Coulter: Have a Historically Accurate Thanksgiving!
Most Americans will not be having a traditional family Thanksgiving this year, because of travel restrictions, large gathering restrictions and so on. But at the
New York Times, the War On Thanksgiving goes on—because the War On Thanksgiving is a War on White America.
NYT recently ran an article featuring a picture of an Indian hunter with a modern rifle, uttering “traditional” Indian prayers before a hunt [ | The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year For many Native Americans, the Covid-19 toll and the struggle over racial inequity make this high time to re-examine the holiday, and a cruel history, by Brett Anderson , November 17, 2020] (Many Indian “ traditions” of this kind are really 20 th century inventions—the late David Yeagley, himself a Comanche, pointed out that modern Indians are almost all Christians, really).
The hunt that followed took place on
Turtle Mound Buffalo Ranch, 27,000 acres of rolling pasture on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Every stage of the hunt was marked by a ceremony to give thanks for a buffalo that descends from animals killed to near-extinction by white settlers in the late 19th century.
The mass killing was part of a government-approved effort to seize land from Native Americans who depended on the animal to survive. The brutality of settlers’ expansion into the Great Plains and American West has been drastically underplayed in popular myths about the founding and growth of the United States.
Arguably the best-known of those myths is the story of the first Thanksgiving, a holiday Robert Magnan, who led the buffalo hunt at Fort Peck, does not observe. “Thanksgiving is kind of like Columbus Day for Native people,” he said. “Why would we celebrate people who tried to destroy us?”[Links in original]
Of course White people too might ask that about Indians: why should we
celebrate a people who tried to destroy us? But we do, as Ann Coulter just pointed out, we “name our sports teams and military armaments after Indians”.
New York Times’ Anderson quotes an Indian woman who hates Thanksgiving—and white America;
Lyz Jaakola, 52, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, recalls the catharsis she felt as a young woman watching the movie “ Addams Family Values,” a dark comedy released in 1993.
In one scene, the Wednesday character, cast as Pocahontas in a children’s Thanksgiving play, goes off script to take violent revenge on the Pilgrims. “You have taken the land which is rightfully ours,” she calmly seethes. “Years from now, my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans and drink highballs.”
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, other people get it, too,’” said Ms. Jaakola.
You can watch the clip below, and it
is funny. But it doesn’t mean “other people get it”—it means that Hollywood (as personified here by writer Addams Family Values Paul Rudnick and director Barry Sonnenfeld) hates America:
Indian reservations is pretty bleak, but it’s not because anyone is “forced” to live there—they’re subsidized by white peoples’ taxes to live there, and any bleakness is caused by living with other Indians. (I don’t know if writers even knew that Indians shouldn’t drink highballs, for mostly genetic reasons— alcoholism is a major contributor to reservation bleakness.)
Here are some principles for remembering the first American Thanksgiving:
The land wasn’t “rightfully” owned by the Indians,
ownership of land being a civilized invention; they were only wandering around on the top of it. There were no “Indians” before the
discovery of America by Europeans—there were indigenous tribes who hated each other, and warred constantly in Hobbesian fashion. There was also no America, as we know it today—the land was there, but the country is a creation of the Historic American Nation.
The Wampanoag Indians who allied with the Pilgrims against the Iroquois—happy to have allies with firearms—had 50 years of peace. But
Indians in general were, as Thomas Jefferson was to write 155 years later, when the British were encouraging the Indians to make war on the American patriots, “ merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” The Indians (not the Wampanoag) tried to
destroy America at its birth, and tried, by massacring women and children, to prevent the settlement of the American West. The fact that they failed, and America exists—still! —is what we Give Thanks for.
Happy Thanksgiving from VDARE.com!
Previous Thanksgiving Columns (And see our War On Thanksgiving tag)
11/25/2020—Ann Coulter: Have a Historically Accurate Thanksgiving!
01/29/2020—We Are All Puritans Now! 2020 Election Will Be Debate On Mayflower Anniversary/America’s Founding. Trump Will Win
11/27/19—Amanda Marcotte Denies The War On Thanksgiving On SALON.com, Which Hates Thanksgiving Worse Than Christmas
11/27/19—Ann Coulter On The War On Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving For Dummies ... Sorry, I Mean College Professors!
11/22/18—Paul Streitz Writes That Thanksgiving Had Its Origins In England With The Defeat Of The Spanish Armada
11/22/18—Of Course Thanksgiving Is Racist! It Was Invented By White People. But Have A Happy Anyway
11/20/18—Reminder: The "Thanksgiving Argument" Thing Only Happens In White Homes—Minorities Agree On Politics
11/23/17— VDARE.com Wishes Readers A Happy (And Based) Thanksgiving!
11/23/16—Happy Thanksgiving From VDARE.com–This Year We Have Something To Be Thankful For!
11/26/15—The Cold Civil War On Thanksgiving–Thanksgiving Table Arguments About “Racism” Are Only Happening In White Families
11/25/14–Thanksgiving And Your Father’s America
11/28/13—Thanksgiving Is Racist Because America Is Racist. But VDARE.com Says: Have A Happy Thanksgiving Anyway!
11/23/12—Thanksgiving Is An American Holiday—It Is Not Immigration Day!
11/23/11—The Fulford File | A Happy Thanksgiving To All VDARE.COM Readers! “Thank God There’s No More Of Us.”
11/23/11—Thanksgiving Thought: The National Question And The Demographic Diamond
11/23/10—Will There Still Be An America To Give Thanks For In 2110?
11/25/09—The Fulford File: A Happy Thanksgiving To All VDARE.COM Readers!
11/20/09—View From Lodi, CA Pittsburgh, PA: On Thanksgiving, Will Americans Have Enough Food To Be Thankful For?
11/26/08—The Fulford File, By James Fulford The War Against Thanksgiving
11/21/07—The Fulford File: The Thanksgiving Of A Grateful Nation—And The Ingratitude Of A Few
11/22/06—The Fulford File Happy Thanksgiving From VDARE.com! (While It Lasts)
11/23/05—VDARE.COM Wishes Everybody A Happy Thanksgiving
11/25/04—The Fulford File: Thanksgiving Roundup
11/24/04—The High Road to Turkey: An Indian View of Thanksgiving
11/23/04—Grace, Gratitude, and God At Thanksgiving
11/19/04—View From Lodi, CA: Mincemeat For Thanksgiving!
12/08/03—War On Holidays Is War on America
11/26/03—Then They Came For Thanksgiving…
11/21/03—View From Lodi, CA: Hot Chocolate For Thanksgiving
09/25/03—Pressure On The Pot [Blast from Past! A 1989 Peter Brimelow column from the London Times.]
11/27/02—Thanksgiving, Crazy Horse, Us
11/21/01—Thanksgiving: The National Question Footnote
02/08/01—TODAY'S LETTER: A Reader Comments on Multi-Cultist Holidays