Friday, November 16, 2007

ARTICLE: Thankstaking - An Unhappy Day For American Indians

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RE: True history of our country~it's not hatred either~Knowledge

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Unhappy day for American Indians By GREG HANIFL | La Crosse . Thanksgiving is not a happy day for American Indians. The early colonists did not find an empty land any more than Columbus “discovered” anything. One of the first things the pilgrims did when they arrived on Cape Cod, before they made it to Plymouth, was to rob Wampanoag graves at Corn Hill and steal as much of the Indian’s winter supply of corn and beans as they could carry. The pilgrims’ arrival in New England and their subsequent settlements in America have been glorified with popular myths. Not mentioned in most historical accounts was that the first English-speaking colony in Jamestown resorted to cannibalism to survive. The first official “day of Thanksgiving” was proclaimed by Gov. Winthrop in 1637 to celebrate the safe return of people from the Massachusetts Bay Colony who had gone to Mystic, Conn., to take part in the massacre of more than 700 Pequot men, women and children. The European colonists would not have survived their first several years in “New England” without the ongoing help of the native people. What the Indians got in return was enslavement, land theft, repression and genocide. Every year, more people are seeking alternatives to holidays such as Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. They realize that if we are ever to achieve some sense of community and healing, we must face the truth about the history of our country and the toll that history has taken on the lives of millions of indigenous, black, Latino, Asian, and poor and working-class white people.

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