Skip to comments.Thanksgiving holiday is misconstrued (Ithaca Prof: holiday means racism, genocide, etc.)
Posted on 11/17/2006 12:18:08 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
The celebration of a mythical Thanksgiving did not happen in this country for several hundred years after the event, by which time American Indians had been colonized, assimilated and removed from many of their ancestral lands, usually through dubious treaties and other means that are still being questioned today. Thanksgiving has been further colonized by capitalism in recent times, further removing us from the true meanings of thanksgivings that Native people honor on many occasions throughout the year.
Much like American-Indian mascots, people say that American Indians are being honored by the remembrance of that first Thanksgiving, which children purportedly embody with their construction paper and dyed chicken feather headdresses. If we want to honor American Indians, we need to take a deep look at the genocide that was perpetrated against them, the dishonest taking of Indian lands, the horrific conditions that churches and the U.S. government put them through in the Native boarding schools, and the current struggles for land, sovereignty and cultural survival.
Brooke Hansen is an associate professor of anthropology. E- mail her at email@example.com.
(Excerpt) Read more at ithaca.edu ...
BRooke Hanson - Please feel free to kiss my hairy white arse.
Anthropology, according to David Horowitz, is a field of study which has been entirely co-opted by the left-wing moonbats.
Well, the 'Natives' weren't always there either....survival of the fittest baby!
More leftist tripe.
Yeah. Fine. Great. Whatever.
We would have had some type of harvest holiday anyway - most cultures do.
What do they do, put crack in their drinking water...
Now they get gobs of government money, breaks on state taxes, discounts on tobacco, preferential hiring, and many other benes that whitey can only dream about. The real sad thing is that since the libs are taking over, they'll probably get even more handouts at the expense of us "rich" white folks.
I didn't know that Thanksgiving was supposed to honor the indians...I thought it was more of "Thank God we didn't ALL die" from the pilgrims.
"If we want to honor American Indians..........and the current struggles for land, sovereignty and cultural survival."
Don't forget Casinos. Yea baby!!!!
I cant believe I actually thought about going to school there. Talk about giant sigh of relief.
A THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION!
The history channel is pushing this too.
However these ivory tower commies think May 1 is still a worker's holiday rather than the start of spring fun day that it used to be.
Think how much better off we would be still hunting and gathering; nothing like gathering berriers for 200 million people. I am so ashamed of being a white American male, it is certainly my fault! /s
"We suck." -typical liberal
One of my coworkers has a daughter at Ithaca College (she's studying music). $45K a year.... Bob won't be retirirng for a couple more years.....
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.