Thanksgiving is Worth Defending | Opinion

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This will be a Thanksgiving unlike any other, not just because of a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because of an upwelling of hostility toward the holiday itself. Both of these threats must be defeated—the virus because it threatens our lives and our prosperity, and the war on Thanksgiving because it threatens the fabric of our national identity. Fortunately, the attacks on Thanksgiving are based in part on some easily refutable claims.

The first battle in the war on Thanksgiving was the effort to undermine Columbus Day. Columbus is an easy target. Someone else would have "found" this land at some point if he hadn't. Columbus wasn't even the first—Vikings had visited the Americas hundreds of years earlier. And he, like practically every other explorer, behaved in ways that shock the modern conscience. It is no wonder that statues in Chicago and elsewhere have come down and that many places celebrate "Indigenous Peoples Day" in lieu of Columbus Day. If it ended there, there could have been an easy peace.

Thanksgiving is the next front in this culture war. The going will be tougher and the stakes higher, since this holiday is an American original. Other than July 4th (which may be next on the list), Thanksgiving is the only major holiday not based on a religion. Americans of all faiths celebrate it together, and there is something deeply unifying about knowing that every family in every corner of the country is eating (more or less) the same meal and sharing in the same traditions. In a time when e pluribus unum is increasingly undermined by political and social factions, Thanksgiving is a tie that binds.

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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 year, 6 months ago
    I do not believe that Thanksgiving celebrates genocide. You might want to look at the way the Indigenous tribes treated each other (including women and children) in their wars.
    It is my understanding that the American "Indians" used to never put up fences to distinguish one owner's land from another; just wandering around into an area, staying there for a season, and leaving, does not entitle you to claim that area as yours after the seasons change again and you wander back.
    I do think that there was some racism in the American/state governments against the Indigenous people, and some injustice, and it should have been rectified. But I do not see that it was necessarily wrong for Europeans tom come here, settle, and cultivate the land.
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  • Posted by Dobrien 1 year, 6 months ago
    Being from Minnesota the article brought back memories of my Great Great Grandfather and his fighting the Indians after the Minnesota River Valley Massacre. If he were alive today, I am dead certain he would bitch slap the liberals and demand retribution from the idiots for his back to back efforts fighting the Indians and the rebels in the civil war.
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 1 year, 6 months ago
    Do what they want with Thanksgiving. And Christmas for that matter. I’m kinda sick of my traditions being appropriated by people who do not appreciate their meanings. I couldn’t care less if either drops out of the mainstream. We will continue to celebrate them. The most left of the left in my family decided to boycott. And it was all the more bearable because of that. I encourage more of them to do the same. Fourth of July as well.
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