Exterminating natives: a 400 year tradition cemented by Thanksgiving

People eat at the annual Thanksgiving in the Park gathering where residents of the farm worker community of Immokalee are provided with a free Thanksgiving meal on November 28, 2019 in Immokalee, Florida. (AFP photo)

Thanksgiving celebrates 400 years of pillage and the destruction of a continent’s indigenous people, all perpetrated in the service of European expansionism and white supremacy, according to American writer and political commentator Daniel Patrick Welch.

Welch made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday when Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, an annual holiday when the Americans get out their traditional turkey and other requisite culinary treats.

Native Americans, however, commemorate the event as the National Day of Mourning for “the genocide of millions of native people, the theft of native lands and the relentless assault on native culture.”

Commenting to Press TV, Welch said, “Thanksgiving is a touchy subject for anyone with a conscience in the Americas, and in Europe, I hope.”

“Three years ago my wife and I eschewed our family commitments to join the Natives’ gathering in Plymouth because it’s near, near to the Boston area where we live.  And the Native Americans not all of whom were slaughtered still acknowledge it as the National Day of Mourning, and meet… to commemorate the genocide of their people,” he added.  

“And the trouble with the holiday is that the only way that you can celebrate it is to not only erase it but validate or kind of reengineer the history towards something positive. It’s fine to say that this is when we celebrate our national togetherness. It’s a family holiday. But it’s unconscionable to do that without studying and teaching the actual history that goes along with it. The fact is that the day it tells is the remnants of civil war restorationism where you know Lincoln thought it would be appropriate to join the white secessionists and northerners to a new cause which is the original cause which inspired the Europeans to settle the entire continent. And that’s when actually the holiday was made official in the 18th century,” the analyst said.    

“The other element of it is that every single element of it is a lie. Everything is a lie. And it’s important, especially if you are a teacher. You have to use alternative texts. Now it would be revisionist historians or native or black historians who have come up with other point of view,” he said.

 “But when the Europeans came to this so-called Thanksgiving, that is to say in 1620 in Clement, they like the Europeans of that time were met with a decimated population that has been slaughtered, up to 95 percent by a smallpox epidemic which was you know likely engineered by an earlier journey in 1615, to the same definition in which blankets were distributed to the population but at the very least was encouraged and celebrated by the settlers. They thought it was divine providence. This biological warfare this genocidal rampage was God’s will,”   he pointed out.

“When Americans celebrate the holiday without doing this, it’s absolutely reprehensible, without through reconstruction revision of the history we are taught as children, and if there are teachers they have a duty to speak up. What the difficulty is that we are shoveling shit against the tide as it were, because this is still going on. It’s still part of the project,” he said.

“You look at Bolivia and you see what the coup leader has said the same rhetoric as John Winter 400 years ago, she said the satanic rituals, the satanic rituals of the Natives are abominations and the Natives should not have cities, they should go back to charcoals, they should go back to the mountains – a thoroughly racist and exterminationist policy, supported again by the United States, by this white supremacist, expansionist project with seamless continuity. From 1620 to the day we celebrate today and now, 400 years of pillage of the continent and destruction of its people, in the service of European expansionist settlements and white supremacy,” he concluded.

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Author: DissentWatch