Thanksgiving is a political nightmare. There is a lot of controversy surrounding what really happened on the day the pilgrims ventured onto American soil. The overarching argument is that we shouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. The pilgrims stole the land from the Indians and slaughtered anyone that was in their way. Millions of Indians were killed; many estimates say that as many as 99% of the people who originally inhabited the Americas were killed by Columbus and his associates.
As historians turns a blind eye and “educate” the future generations about “how America was discovered”; Christopher Columbus was in reality, a mass murderer.
Have you heard of the story about the boys with the parrots? It pretty much speaks for itself:
“Bartolome de las Casas, a young priest who participated in the conquest of Cuba and wrote a history of the Indies, describes the treatment of the natives: ‘Endless testimonies … prove the mild and pacific temperament of the natives. … But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle and destroy; small wonder, then, if they tried to kill one of us now and then…. The admiral, it is true, was blind as those who came after him, and he was so anxious to please the King that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians …’ Las Casas describes how Spaniards rode on the backs of natives. How the Spaniards ‘thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and of cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades.’ Las Casas adds, ‘two of these so-called Christians met two Indian boys one day, each carrying a parrot; they took the parrots and for fun beheaded the boys.’” Source: http://rapidcityjournal.com/lifestyles/people/top-atrocities-committed-by-christopher-columbus/collection_76ebb2b8-f63d-11e3-a137-001a4bcf887a.html#5
This prompt is to give you more insight on what really happened during that time. It was a game to the colonists to take the land and to torture the people who lived on it. These were crimes and sins commited in the name of impressing the King! This is an embarrassment for our history as Americans. It’s a reason why you shouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving for the history. If you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving, at least celebrate it for the right reasons.
Here’s a resolution: Treat it as a day for giving thanks with your family. That’s valid. We can celebrate Thanksgiving, but take the narrative about the discovery of America out of it.
Don’t let the history blind you on why celebrating Thanksgiving is for the discovery of America. Thanksgiving should be spent with family and friends. Give your thanks to them, and not to the pilgrims.