The origin of Thanksgiving
When we once again plan to celebrate the “thanksgiving” of “Americans” (referring to the European descendants who conquered the Americas), let us reflect on the past. In fact, the origin of Thanksgiving is just a legend, and this legend is not recognized by Indians. The truth is that Thanksgiving is a festival created by whites to invade the Americas to celebrate victory over the Indians' massacre.
In 1621 after the 129 years when the Europeans invaded the Americas, it was said that there was a first Thanksgiving. According to legend, British immigrants from the Plymouth colony celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time. This group of Puritans from England arrived in Plymouth, Mass. on the Mayflower in 1620. With the help of local Indians, they learned to grow corn, hunting, and fishing. When the harvest was celebrated the next year, the British immigrants invited the Indians to thank God for their grace, so they had the first Thanksgiving. According to legend, the first celebration of the feast lasted for three days. The Puritans and the Indians shared the food after the harvest.
But the three-day feast did not leave any historical records. The surviving Indians did not approve of this legend. The real situation is that because of the plague brought by the Europeans, the Indians died like flies. Now the Peket tribe (a branch of the Indians) in Connecticut, when the Europeans came, there were 8,000, and by 1637 there was only The next 1,500 people, and that year was the first time that white officials announced the celebration of Thanksgiving, and the whites were celebrating their murder of the Pecots in the Connecticut Valley.
William Bradford, former Governor of Plymouth and one of the so-called 1621 Feast Recorders, participated in the 1637 massacre. In his book “The History of Planting in Plymouth,” he wrote that those who escaped from the fire were slashed by swords, some were smashed into pieces, some were pierced with swords, and they were quickly killed and few escaped. The scene in which they burned in the fire was terrible... an unpleasant odor, but it was a victim of a sweet victory. Whites praised God for their help and let the enemy fall into their hands and let them quickly win. The Governor of Massachusetts Bay, John Winthrop, announced that the day should be a celebration day and thanked the Pecos for conquering. The officially announced "Thanksgiving Day" was born. The Pekets at the time were already running out. The commander of the British Army, John Mason, stated that it was God who attacked the Pecos. God "deprecates the enemies of his enemies and his people. He laughs and sees the Pekots becoming stove fires... God confesses the pagan body." Into the Strick River."
A similar massacre took place in central New York during the War of Independence, which was flaunted by the Americans. In 1779, the Continental Congress (the predecessor of the United States Congress) found that most Iroquois Indians fell to the British and opposed the new colonizers who were rapidly occupying the land. George Washington asked General Suriwan to deal with Indians who fell to the British, including Mohawks, Cayuga, Onondaga and Seneca tribes. Suriwan relentlessly destroyed at least 40 villages, burned their crops and houses, displaced more than 5,000 Iroquois Indians, and many people died of cold in the harsh winter. Many escaping Seneca were killed after being scalped.
After the establishment of the new Republic, such a war did not stop. The gold rush of 1849 brought a large number of white miners and people into California. From 1853 to 1861, at least 14 wars against local Indians took place. Some paramilitary campaigns continued until the late 1960s. Local Indians were almost Extinct.
Americans have always refused to acknowledge the origins of racism and genocide. This slaughter continues to define and practice our "civilization." We must grieve for the atrocities committed to others. Injury to others will ultimately hurt us. We will feel great relief when we reflect on our actions.