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Sweet Potato Pie: Is American Thanksgiving a Racist Holiday?    

  By: Katie Petrick
   Published : November 21, 2017

With Thanksgiving this week, it is an optimal time for anyone who is white—not those who identify as white, but are actually pigmented peachy—to layer themselves in guilt. The oppression of natives in the 17th century, of which not a single person currently roaming this earth had anything to do with, must again be drudged up and felt by those of us who must apply SPF 50 every time we walk outside so as to avoid being burned.

But now whites are being burned indoors as the guilt is applied thick. It’s as if all white people must wear the scarlet A, a reference to one of literature’s great novels The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. But since he is white, he should not be mentioned, let alone read.

In present-day America, being Caucasian is considered racist. In just the past month, the headlines have said so. Whites are being told that having children of mixed race is racist. Creating rap music is racist if you are white. And simply being white is racist, period. That is the world we are living in.

So with the racist holiday of Thanksgiving upon us, White people are being reminded that Thanksgiving is a “time of mourning.”

The truth is, the original Pilgrims to this land did not arrive on the land to oppress the natives. Leaving Holland in 1620, Pilgrims traveled to a new continent to build a Christian commonwealth. When they arrived on the new land, they found the Cape Cod area in Massachusetts deserted, likely due to the smallpox outbreak just prior to the Pilgrims arrival.

But, almost providential, a native named Squanto came into contact with the Pilgrims. Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, was taken as a boy to Spain, where he was intended to be a slave, but escaped to England with the help of a monk. He returned to his homeland as a man. Squanto’s ability to speak English allowed for the Pilgrims and area tribes to communicate. He was able to assist the Pilgrims in planting corn, hunting beaver, and catching fish. The Pilgrims and the natives used cooperation to survive. They exchanged technology and knowledge to grow crops and hunt.

And so the following fall the Pilgrims and the natives celebrated with one another, eating a large feast and using guns to hunt animals. This became known as the First Thanksgiving.

Why exactly should that be considered a time of mourning?

The purpose of Thanksgiving is to do exactly what it says: give thanks. The feast held that first harvest signified cooperation and thankfulness to one another and God. Squanto and the natives did not accuse the white people they feasted with as racists. None of them had any time for such behavior.

They wanted to share a nice meal with one another, and you should do the same this Thanksgiving.

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