Thanksgiving: A Tradition of Murder

We utilize the phrase “in the spirit of” quite often to signify the essential driving essence behind the purpose of why we partake or engage in certain ritualistic acts. We find that we “fall in line” with the status quo and passively accept what is known as “tradition” without delving deeper into the reasons of why we do certain things. No greater example of this is that of the Christmas Holiday, in which the supposed true meaning (Jesus’ Birthday) has been replaced by a conjured up, retail store gimmick known around the world as Santa Clause. This tradition, along with that of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, are both misrepresented regarding the core roots of why they are widely celebrated. The celebration of Thanksgiving has often been alluded to as a day of collective bonding between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans that resulted in both parties partaking in a harvest feast. Upon exploring the histrionics of this annual celebratory day, I discovered a fascinating bit of information as it pertains to the holiday’s origin. What was once considered a holiday based on fellowship, is actually a holiday celebrating a time of war that resulted in the genocidal annihilation of a prominent Native American tribe called the Pequots. The day of “thanksgiving” was a day in which the American colonist were thanking God for allowing them to kill off approximately 700 men, women and children during the Pequot War. Those Pequots that survived this hellacious war, were forced to become servants in English households, while others were enslaved and shipped to Bermuda and parts of the West Indies. The Pequot land was seized by the English Colonist, who in turned declared the Pequot to be extinct and outlawed the very mentioning of the Pequot by anyone. The Pequot Massacre was believed to be an act of a God by the colonist who justified the act by contending: “Let the whole Earth be filled with his glory! Thus the Lord was pleased to smite our enemies in the hinder parts and to give us their land for an inheritance”. Those Pequots who managed to escape slavery and death were taken in by the Mohegan Tribe who had been placed on an assigned reservation in the Connecticut Colony. The commercialization of “Thanksgiving” has subdued the factual poignancy associated with the war and murder that conjured up its true reason for existence. So while being “in the spirit of” and sitting down with your family and ingratiating yourself with tryptophan, please keep in mind to be both thankful and truthful when reenacting this historical remembrance. On this day the Pequot was left with no tradition, no history and most importantly no spirit. I give thanks that I never had to endure such heart wrenching pain. #happy holidays

2 Responses to “Thanksgiving: A Tradition of Murder”

  1. No one ever mentions that the reason most Native Americans died after the old world met the new is because of disease they weren’t immune to. The disease spread faster than the colonists. And the meeting of the worlds was inevitable, so nothing could have stopped it. I’m defending the horrible treatment of the Native Americans over the 400 years of American history, but their demise can’t be solely attributed to slaughter.

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