Thanksgiving is a holiday dedicated to gratitude and tolerance — so the woke have their knives out for it

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You there, fellow American! Were you underneath the impression that Thanksgiving is the uniquely American holiday that celebrates how English settlers and Native Americans peacefully crossed linguistic, cultural and racial boundaries to share a meal collectively and create a mannequin for gratitude and tolerance that might be the envy of the world?

Wrong! says Woke America. Thanksgiving is about homicide, plunder and hate. Invite your kin over to unfold love and gravy? No, if you happen to actually need to honor the spirit of Thanksgiving, it is best to whip your self with barbed wire all day.

In a Nov. 20 MSNBC section, “The Thanksgiving history you’ve never heard,” Gyasi Ross screams at his viewers in a tone of voice suggesting an Oberlin sophomore from the Militant Vegans’ Brigade: “The fact is that pilgrims didn’t deliver turkey, candy potato pie or cranberries to Thanksgiving. They couldn’t. They have been broke! They have been damaged! Their palms have been out! They have been begging! They introduced nothing of worth. But they acquired fed! They acquired schooled!

“Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence. That genocide and violence is still on the menu! And state sponsored violence against Native and black Americans is commonplace!”

Ross’ maniac-on-corner-with-bullhorn rant is a lifeless giveaway. It’s a sign that it doesn’t matter what occasion or subject could also be at hand — Kittens! Candy! The comeback of ABBA! — the media will screechingly insist on altering the topic again to the Subject, the solely topic anybody is ever supposed to discuss, ever.

Dare to be ok with something in America’s previous, current or future and you’re clearly a racist.

Two years in the past on MSNBC, Joy Reid knowledgeable us that Thanksgiving was “problematic.” A column in The Philadelphia Tribune on Saturday insisted, “Celebrating Thanksgiving is celebrating racist genocide.” Except it’s not. It’s like saying going to a NASCAR race quantities to celebrating the 35,000 Americans who get killed in automobile crashes annually.

In 2017, a Bustle piece on how to do Thanksgiving suggested its nervous younger feminine readers to “acknowledge the national day of mourning,” “take time to reflect on lives lost” and “not use culturally appropriative decorations.” You additionally should “avoid any crafts or decorations that feed into the Pilgrim myth.” So it’s appropriation to honor my very own freaking tradition?

Joy Reid
MSNBC’s Joy Reid knowledgeable us two years in the past that Thanksgiving was “problematic.”
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Last week, a macaroni-and-cheese recipe in Eater started with a disclaimer: “Thanksgiving traces its origins to an uneasy, temporary alliance between 17th-century English settlers and members of the Wampanoag Confederacy. This year, Eater is choosing to acknowledge that history in our coverage of the holiday.”

The Washington Post informs us, “Just as Native American activists have demanded the removal of Christopher Columbus statues . . . they have long objected to the popular portrayal of Thanksgiving.”

See what they did there? They didn’t declare Native Americans on the whole hate Thanksgiving. Native Americans, who steadily refer to themselves as Indians, reject political correctness. (Ninety p.c of them weren’t offended by the Washington Redskins’ identify earlier than it grew to become a generic Football Team.)

No, solely “Native American activists” are offended about Thanksgiving. In different phrases, the WaPo went looking for Indians who’re offended about Thanksgiving and got here again with Indians who’re offended about Thanksgiving. Activists are protesters, and protesters, by definition, don’t like the issues they’re protesting. The paper was merely informing us that haters hate stuff.

And hating is a proud American custom, one in every of the freedoms we take pleasure in. Say all the imply belongings you need, nobody can lock you up for it!

But why ought to the remainder of us pay any consideration to no matter self-induced trauma wokesters try to lay on the remainder of us? They’re like the deranged individuals I see addressing their demons on the 1 practice: The remainder of us ought to simply keep away.

Sure, it’s a fearful time, what with The New York Times publishing insane items instructing Turkey Day hosts how to set up obligatory COVID testing regimes in their properties and Clueless Kathy, the unintended governor of New York, telling individuals to be masked and keep six toes aside whereas they go round the mashed potatoes. Bring your sign flags to the desk or heat up for demented screaming.

“Hey, Uncle Ernie!”

“Whaaaat?”

“Do you like the Raiders or the Cowboys today?”

“I can’t hear you, there are 12 people here and you’re 72 feet away!”

Nope, that’s a nonstarter. Far from nixing Thanksgiving, we should always multiply its spirit by 365: We must be grateful every single day for being Americans.