#NoThanksGiving: How the Green Corn Festival Became A Celebration of Genocide
You believe that Thanksgiving was a holiday declared by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to give “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”.
Here is the truth:
The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.
But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest. But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.
In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive.
The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.
This is what you are celebrating.
You cannot call yourself a truth seeker and embrace false narratives. Here are 5 more reasons why the true and living among us turn our back on the holiday that is Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a whitewashing of genocide
By now this should be common knowledge, but many don’t realize just how brutal the conquest of our indigenous people was.
When the pilgrims first arrived, they saw their war against the indigenous as a holy war that would fend off the antichrist. Surrounded by a strange people with a strange culture, the Pilgrims committed themselves to a murderous rampage to destroy the pagan evil they saw around them. As time went on, this holy war became law for them.
In 1775, King George II of Britain called for American pilgrims “to embrace all opportunities of pursuing, captivating, killing and destroying all and every of the aforesaid Indians.” To make that happen, he paid colonists fifty pounds for adult male scalps, twenty-five for adult female scalps, and twenty for scalps of boys and girls under age twelve.
It was from this proclamation (specifically, the 1775 Phips Proclamation) that we get the term ‘redskins’. It described the bloody red scalps taken from the indigenous, not the color of indigenous skin.
Murder has always been an obvious weapon of white supremacy, but infection has been a much more effective one. In 1763, a man named Jeffrey Amherst wrote to a Colonel under his command:
“You will do well to try to inoculate the Indians [with smallpox] by means of blankets, as well as to try every other method, that can serve to extirpate this execrable race.”
In other words, settlers gave blankets infected with smallpox to indigenous peoples with the specific intentions of infecting and killing them. When all was said and done, smallpox alone wiped out 90% of the indigenous population. (Source)
When murder and infection wasn’t enough, settlers killed the food supply of the indigenous people off. In the above image, military officers pile the skulls of bison into a mountain. General Philip H. Sheridan was the commander of the United States forces at the time, and his plan was to exterminate buffalo to kill the Plains Indians. “Kill the buffalo and you kill the Indians” he said.
The very values of the white invaders led to the destruction of indigenous civilization. For example, the 1848 California gold rush caused 300,000 people to migrate to San Francisco from the East Coast and South America. Historians believe that California was once the most densely and diversely populated area for Native Americans in U.S. territory; however, the gold rush had massive implications for Native American livelihoods. Toxic chemicals and gravel ruined traditional Native hunting and agricultural practices, resulting in starvation for many Natives.
Thanksgiving encourages false narratives
When you raise your children to believe in false or culturally destructive narratives, you make it far more difficult for them to come into the truth later on in life. Maybe you were raised in the Christian church and taught to celebrate western holidays growing up. Do you remember how difficult it was for you to transition into the truth and turn away from those lies? Maybe you are still struggling with those false narratives.
Thanksgiving is one such false narrative. Though it is hailed as a time for families to come together and be thankful, is overarching theme is one that promotes the white values of conflict and consumerism.
Understand this: The holidays that groups of people celebrate reinforce their cultural values. Holidays are a way to collectively reinforce the values that are important to a people.
By practicing alien holidays, you are immersing yourself in cultural practices that reinforce alien values. Over time, these values come to replace your own original values and breaks your connection with your original heritage.
Thanksgiving is a cover for consumerism
Thanksgiving is not a holiday. It is yet another opportunity for the West to embrace its endless appetite for consumer goods. As we wrote in this article demonstrating the difference between western and original values:
Consumerism is a social and economic order that is based on the systematic creation and fostering of a desire to purchase goods and services in ever greater amounts based on greed. Consumerism promotes the idea that the more you purchase, the more that you will want to purchase. The more you consume, the more you will want to consume.
Rather than buying and consuming, if Thanksgiving were a true holiday it would be spend giving back to communities that have been disenfranchised and destroyed by white supremacy.
Thanksgiving is a National Day of Mourning
“We did not ask you white men to come here. The Great Spirit gave us this country as a home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. The Great Spirit gave us plenty of land to live on, and buffalo, deer, antelope and other game. But you have come here; you are taking my land from me; you are killing off our game, so it is hard for us to live.
Now, you tell us to work for a living, but the great spirit did not make us to work, but to live by hunting. You white men can work if you want to. We do not interfere with you, and again you say why do we not become civilized? We do not want your civilization! We would live as our Fathers did, and their Fathers before them.” – Crazy Horse
Thanksgiving serves not only as a day of mourning for the countless lives lost to white aggression, but to the way of life that was lost. Wheresoever the white man washed up, he brought with him murder and forced integration. He saw to it that not only were the bodies of the indigenous people killed or enslaved, but that their culture would be as well. In The Destruction of Black Civilization, Dr. Chancellor Williams recounts: The Great Prophecy of the Mossi turned out to be the prophecy for [the indigenous world] : “When the first white man appears in the land the nation will die .”
By the way, many Black men and women mistakenly believe that the genocide that happened on this soil had nothing to do with our people. However, it is a well known fact that among the so-called Native Americans, there were hundreds of thousands of indigenous Africans.
These Black men had come here – not as slaves, but as explorers – long before the pilgrims arrived. And just like the so-called Indians, our ancestors were subjected to the same genocide and biological warfare at the hands of pilgrims.
Thanksgiving is forced on you
American society forces assimilation upon those living within its borders by making their holidays and their narratives inescapable. Images of happy pilgrims and “Indians” are placed all around you, schools are closed, employees greet you with “Happy Thanksgiving!” and expect you to return the sentiment like a Nazi shouting “Heil Hitler” would expect a fellow white supremacist to do.
So what should we be doing instead of celebrating false narratives and alien holidays?
We should be changing the narrative within ourselves and within our circles. We should re-define what a holiday is for our people, actively practice those holidays instead of giving in to pagan ones, and assert our unique culture. We are in a unique position to rebuild a culture that truly reflects who we are, how we came to be, and our place in the world. Let us take the opportunity that history has given us to create the future of Black history!