Celebrating Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again, a time to give thanks to the white men who perilously crossed the ocean to discover America. Along with this discovery came the genocide and the murder of tens of thousands of indigenous people who never realized that these white men discovered the land they had been living on, for centuries, until years later when they read about this in our text books.

We give thanks that these unsophisticated “savages” trusted the new arrivals and offered them help in their attempt to survive in this newly discovered land.

We give thanks that the survivors of the genocide program, after the white man stole their land, were provided with their own territories where they could live generation after generation in poverty, poor education, and massive unemployment. We even built pipelines that run through their territories in order to allow them to feel part of America’s economic growth.

We give thanks that the white man continues to honor the indigenous men and women by naming athletic teams after them… the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Redskins, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Indians, etc.

We give thanks, but for some reason, those who are descendants of the indigenous, refuse to join us in this moment of thanks. I wonder why.

Like the Africans who were brought to this country by the same European white men and offered jobs working the fields on plantations, the indigenous folks contributed greatly to the growth of America into the wealthiest, most powerful country in human history. We all made our contributions. Why can’t we all just be friends?


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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