***Thanksgiving is our Holiday***
Many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving knowing very little about the history, or the true reasons why our ancestors gave thanks. Nor can they explain (outside of family reunion, stuffing their fat faces, and watching football) why we continue the tradition today. We don’t do that here at Power through Discipline. We take a serious interest in our history. We show great appreciation and extreme reverence for those that have walked the paths before us, giving us what we have today, including this wonderful holiday!
We have been led astray over the last 50+ years by an onslaught of poor education, horrible parenting (with mothers and fathers that never cemented the importance of history in the minds of their children), cultural appropriation (yes, it happens to whites more than any other group), and a massive white guilt trip filled with historical “injustices” that are never put into their correct context. As “Native” Americans are almost always presented as saintly victims of peace and harmony… while the white settlers — the men who built America — represent nothing but exploitation, brutality, environmental destruction and genocide.
Warfare, exploitation, brutality, environmental destruction and genocide are only problems when whites are the perpetrators. It was never an issue when “Native” Indians of the western hemisphere were at war… murdering, enslaving, raping, pillaging, sacrificing and eating each other was it? No, it’s only a problem because whites came out on top. It’s only a problem because whites did it better, laying down the necessary infrastructure and developing much of the technology that shapes our modern world today.
But what about all of the North American tribes that showed good will toward European settlers? Let’s not get carried away here. Human beings generally have always had similar intentions, and good will was almost never at the top of the list. I think it was more about curiosity, fascination, and then eventually… maneuvering against other tribes and confederations of Indians, then it ever was about good will. Far too many people ignore the simple FACT that human beings, tribes, clans, nations and empires have been at this brutal game of war, exploitation, slavery and genocide for hundreds of thousands of years. Put your liberal idiocy aside for a minute, if that’s possible? And put your historical ignorance into context for the sake of being as “fair” as you want others (namely white people) to be.
Were Europeans (at times) brutal? Yes. But if we’re to be ‘fair” let us look at some of the tribes that roamed the lands of North America. Luckily we won’t have to cite the murderous brutality of the Inca, Mayan and Aztec civilizations. The Indian tribes of North America were very warlike. Their societies were generally violent, competitive, and extremely hostile to groups outside of their nation. These “nations” or tribes were continuously fighting for dominion over each other and war was their way of life. Captives were taken as slaves from other tribes and Native American women had no rights and were traded like livestock. This land (North America) was not a pleasant place to reside in. Now, hundreds of years later, history is being rewritten to depict the Indians as kind, warmhearted genuine souls who were brutally taken advantage of by evil Europeans. But was that really the case? Were the “natives” of North America really as peace loving and benevolent as some “historians” claim they were?
Let’s take a look at a few groups: The Inuit [i.e., the Eskimos] who were supposedly known for their “calm” nature, encouraged their children to torture small animals and birds to death, and according to most sources… were prone to outbursts of lethal violence and killed one another at a very high rate. The Iroquois deliberately took captives home alive, in order to torture them before death! The Apache survived by routinely attacking and stealing from neighboring tribes in the Great Plains. The Sioux (SUE) of the Dakotas were also rather brutal. At the site of Crow Creek in South Dakota (Sioux territory), in what seems to be the year 1325 according to archaeological dating, more than 500 men, women, and children were found slaughtered, scalped, and mutilated. The Comanche were particularly brutal. Comanche attacks on neighboring tribes were common, where torture, killings and gang-rapes were routine. All the men were killed, and any men who were captured alive were tortured; the captive women were gang raped, as babies were invariably killed. Examples such as these, are hardly ever mentioned or used for purposes of putting historical events into context by modern day “historians” and ‘educators.”
In addition, for many of us raised by uneducated parents and the television, we were told as children that Thanksgiving is and was some multi-racial celebration and feast commemorating the fanciful (made up) love affair between English settlers and the “American” Indians. This Disney inspired fairy-tale is cute (I guess, for naive children) but it was never the case between the two groups. Historically speaking, the story was built on a significant clash of culture, deadly foreign diseases that devastated Indian populations, and a violent race war ending with victory for the European settlers. That was the historical reality!
Today, the “white-supremacist” holiday and tradition of Thanksgiving has been culturally appropriated in order to suit the needs of every non-European group living in America. I find this cultural appropriation to be interesting, yet very disturbing. The participation in our traditions (not just Thanksgiving) from other groups is unrivaled anywhere else in the world. As with many other white holidays, non-European American groups continue to celebrate the tradition of Thanksgiving, a tradition that many on the left consider a particularly racist white holiday.
The truth of the matter is that all throughout the 1600’s our European ancestors (surviving brutal conditions among hostile Indians) in North America had several days during the year that were commemorated as days of Thanksgiving! The day that we now celebrate as “Thanksgiving” just happened to be the time of year that the harvest was most bountiful after a long grueling season of farming and hunting… which tells me that it was probably held at the end of September or at some point in October, much like traditional European harvest festivals that were held around that time of the year!
Some of these days were considered Holy, especially among Puritans, and often centered on attending long grueling hours of church masses. Other days were reserved for feasting and drink with games and dancing. And yes, the Puritans drank beer and had sex… plenty of it! In fact, they welcomed sex as a God-given responsibility. If members of the Church refused to have sexual relations with their spouses for a certain period of time, they were expelled from the community. Cotton Mather, who was a celebrated 17th century Puritan minister, condemned a married couple who had abstained from sex in order to achieve a higher spirituality. They were the victims, he wrote, of a “blind zeal.”
Nevertheless, thanks was given to our creator for a bountiful harvest, relative health and well-being, surviving Indian raids and their own wars of conquest, the ability to reproduce with the fruitful nature of our early communities, and praying for strength and perseverance through the long winter months. Our ancestors didn’t have it easy. They worked hard, fought through tremendous challenges, and didn’t take anything for granted! These early settlers, the pioneers, the rugged and brave explorers that trail-blazed this entire north-American continent, deserve our respect. Their names deserve much better than they’ve received in recent years. In fact, it’s your duty to defend their names, their glorious history, and what was achieved here! And more importantly, it’s your job to spread this knowledge onto your children, future children and grandchildren!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone,
Please remember who, and what we’re celebrating!