The Thanksgiving Myth by John Two-Hawks

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American history lies don’t go down well with turkey and pie: acid indigestion isn’t my thing.

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Let me begin by stating that thousands of years before the ‘official’ Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by Governor Winthrop of the Massachussetts Bay Colony in 1637, North American Indigenous people across the continent had celebrated seasons of Thanksgiving. ‘Thanksgiving’ is a very ancient concept to American Indian nations. The big problem with the American Thanksgiving holiday is its false association with American Indian people. The infamous ‘Indians and pilgrims’ myth. It is good to celebrate Thanksgiving, to be thankful for your blessings. It is not good to distort history, to falsely portray the origin of this holiday and lie about the truth of its actual inception. Here are some accurate historical facts about the true origin of this American holiday that may interest you…………………………………..

‘Thanksgiving’ did not begin as a great loving relationship between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag, Pequot and Narragansett people. In fact, in October of 1621 when the ‘pilgrim’ survivors of their first winter in Turtle Island sat down to share the first unofficial ‘Thanksgiving’ meal, the Indians who were there were not even invited! There was no turkey, squash, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. A few days before this alleged feast took place, a company of ‘pilgrims’ led by Miles Standish actively sought the head of a local Indian leader, and an 11 foot high wall was erected around the entire Plymouth settlement for the very purpose of keeping Indians out! Officially, the holiday we know as ‘Thanksgiving’ actually came into existence in the year 1637. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed this first official day of Thanksgiving and feasting to celebrate the return of the colony’s men who had arrived safely from what is now Mystic, Connecticut. They had gone there to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot men, women and children, and Mr. Winthrop decided to dedicate an official day of thanksgiving complete with a feast to ‘give thanks’ for their great ‘victory’….

As hard as it may be to conceive, this is the actual origin of our current Thanksgiving Day holiday. Many American Indian people these days do not observe this holiday, for obvious reasons. I see nothing wrong with gathering with family to give thanks to our Creator for our blessings and sharing a meal. I do, however, hope that Americans as a whole will one day acknowledge the true origin of this holiday, and remember the pain, loss, and agony of the Indigenous people who suffered at the hands of the so-called ‘pilgrims’. It is my hope that children’s plays about ‘the first Thanksgiving’, complete with Indians and pilgrims chumming at the dinner table, will someday be a thing of the past. Why perpetuate a lie? Let us face the truths of the past, and give thanks that we are learning to love one another for the rich human diversity we share.

(Written by John Two-Hawks)

The Queen Mother of Harlem #OWS #OccupyHarlem, #OccupyTheHood

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Dr. Delois Blakely is the answer to Barbara of Harlem, (I will not link to her Teabag video).

Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, Community Mayor of Harlem, talks about Occupy Wall Street: the implications, expectations and community. This is a flower garden we are creating with many flowers inside of the garden and we don’t have to do the melting pot. Read the rest of this entry

Letters from Iran: Aftermath of the Green Revolution

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Since then Iran has closed itself off to international media scrutiny and it has been difficult to determine exactly what happened to the many thousands of dissidents arrested and imprisoned during the protests, or the current scale of political opposition to the regime. Read the rest of this entry

The Billionaires’ Tea Party

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As I watched this excellent documentary by Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham, I thought about Mark Twain:

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure. Read the rest of this entry

Andrew Breitbart Wants You Dead

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Andrew Breitbart said that he thinks of union members being killed by members of the military loyal to the right-wing, during “unclear moments.” Bullshit. The genocide won’t stop with labor union members (history repeating): that’s the beginning as they will set their gun sights on everyone who disagrees with their political and religious beliefs. Notice the orgasmic expression on Breitbart’s face as he recounted his blood-dripping fantasy: liberals, this is a fair warning. Think of the damage that Breitbart has done with a video camera, editing equipment and a media presence, now imagine him with a gun. Read the rest of this entry