InformAfrica – Africans in America should not celebrate Thanksgiving Day; it is the celebration and feasting over the gruesome genocide committed towards the indigenous American Indians, the first settlers in America.
In the US, every last Thursday of November each year or every fourth Thursday in the month of November, is the celebration and feasting over the genocide committed by the so-called founding fathers of America against the indigenous Indian people who first settled on the land.
“Thanksgiving Day” is the celebration and feasting over the genocide of indigenous people that is central to the creation of the United States, and Africans living in diaspora-USA should not join in the celebration of such evil against mankind – even if it happened way before our present time.
Before proceeding, We’d like to share the following message posted on The Real Afrikan Truth Facebook page on Thursday November 22nd by a young moor, venting why he don’t celebrate America’s Thanksgiving Day:
Who Knows that the Thanksgiving Day Story they teach us in School is a Hoax? And they will even tell you its a Hoax… Who Knows Why the Christian Powers or Pilgrims really Give Thanks for this Day; the Last Thursday of November?? Who Knew that us Moors Civilized & Ruled Europe for over a Thousand Years?? And the Catholic/Christian Monarchs didn’t like this, so they waged many wars on us that Lasted for a Long Time, Known Today as the Christian Crusade Wars.
Anyway After a Long Struggle of Trying to defeat us Moors, they finally did in the Year of 1491 under the Rule of Catholic Monarch Queen Isabella & King Ferdinand. The Moors of Granada, Al Andalus & the Ottoman Turk (Turkey) Moors Surrendered & gave Up the Moorish Strong hold in Europe & on November 25th (the last Thursday) 1491 they officially surrendered & signed the Treaty of Granada. That’s why on Thanksgiving we devour the Turkey, symbolic for the Turkish Moors being devoured. After that all the Jewish & Islamic Moors was Either forced to convert to Christianity or be exiled. Not long after the Christian/Catholic Monarchs defeated the Moors of Europe & captured Europe they started heading towards the Moorish Empire, what we call today America.
Christopher Columbus & all the other conquistadors started coming over here & we all know what that led to. So on this day I do not celebrate Thanksgiving day & I won’t eat the Turkey, in fact I Am Fasting!!
Many Africans living in diaspora-USA think the American celebrated Thanksgiving day is a day set aside to thank their lord god for all his good deeds in their lives over the year(s). Meanwhile, other Africans believe the fabricated pilgrim story of a bountiful harvest celebrated every last Thursday of November.
True History of Thanksgiving Day
The real story or history of “Thanksgiving Day” celebration in the United States has nothing to do with religion, bountiful harvest, or being thankful to some god. This should only remind us that history is being twisted and tortured over and over to serve the purpose of the imperialists while brainwashing the thinking of new settlers in the country or let’s say the unaware – Africans.
Information gathered from the Pilgrim Hall Museum states that: The historical event we know today as the “First Thanksgiving” was a harvest festival held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors and allies. It has acquired significance beyond the bare historical facts. Thanksgiving has become a much broader symbol of the entirety of the American experience. Many find this a cause for rejoicing. The dissenting view of Native Americans, who have suffered the theft of their lands and the destruction of their traditional way of life at the hands of the American nation, is equally valid.
To some, according to Pilgrim Hall Museum, the “First Thanksgiving” presents a distorted picture of the history of relations between the European colonists and their descendants and the Native People. The total emphasis is placed on the respect that existed between the Wampanoags led by the sachem Massasoit and the first generation of Pilgrims in Plymouth, while the long history of subsequent violence and discrimination suffered by Native People across America is nowhere represented.
Another piece of information gathered from an article written by Robert Jensen in 2005 titled “No Thanks to Thanksgiving” states that: For many several years, Americans are misled with a story about the hearty Pilgrims, whose search for freedom took them from England to Massachusetts. There, they were helped by the friendly Wampanoag Indians, they survived in a new and harsh environment, leading to a harvest feast in 1621 following the Pilgrims first winter.
Many agree some aspects of this conventional story are true. But it’s also true that around 1637 Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop proclaimed a thanksgiving for the successful massacre of hundreds of Pequot Indian men, women and children, part of the long and bloody process of opening up additional land to the English invaders. The pattern repeated itself across the continent until between 95 and 99 percent of American Indians had been exterminated and the rest were left to assimilate into white society or die off on reservations, out of the view of polite society.
Simply put: Thanksgiving is the day when the dominant white culture (and, sadly, most of the rest of the non-white but non-indigenous population) celebrated the beginning of a genocide that was, in fact, blessed by the men Americans today hold up as their heroic founding fathers.
Robert Jensen also quoted the first president of the United States, George Washington, in 1783 to have said he preferred buying Indians’ land rather than driving them off it because that was like driving “wild beasts” from the forest. He compared Indians to wolves, “both being beasts of prey, tho’ they differ in shape.”
Thomas Jefferson — president #3 and author of the Declaration of Independence, which refers to Indians as the “merciless Indian Savages” — was known to romanticize Indians and their culture, but that didn’t stop him in 1807 from writing to his secretary of war that in a coming conflict with certain tribes, “[W]e shall destroy all of them.”
As the genocide was winding down in the early 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt (president #26) defended the expansion of whites across the continent as an inevitable process “due solely to the power of the mighty civilized races which have not lost the fighting instinct, and which by their expansion are gradually bringing peace into the red wastes where the barbarian peoples of the world hold sway.”
Roosevelt also once said, “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”
For the fact that the U.S Thanksgiving Day celebration is linked to the murdering of native American Indians whom were the first settlers in America thousands of years ago; Africans living in Diaspora-USA should desist from feasting over the genocide of the so-called “European founding fathers” of the country. Rather they (we) should join the millions of other native Americans that mourn and fast on that day.
However, if at all African-Americans or Africans living in diaspora can’t sacrifice that last Thursday of every November mourning and fasting over the killing of native Indians whose country we reside in today; we should not shallowly dip our hands in blood by unknowingly celebrating the genocide committed by the imperialist and colonist founding fathers of the United States – decades ago.
Thanksgiving Day is indeed the celebration and feasting over the genocide committed by the European founding fathers of America which is central to the creation of the United States. Despite the real truth and history behind Thanksgiving Day, major media houses will continue to spread myths and lies to the present and coming generations – it’s all part of the US government propaganda.
Filed under: Africa Report
Read more about Thanksgiving myths and truths on the following external sites:
- THE REAL STORY OF THANKSGIVING – Manataka American Indian Council
- Thanksgiving Day – the True History – by Fred E. Foldvary
- The Real Thanksgiving: The Hidden History of Massachusetts –Daniel N. Paul
- American Indian Genocide: The Hidden Story of The Americas – Daniel N. Paul