Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Many people see thanksgiving day as a happy day to be... thankful, while many Native Americans see it as a day of mourning. Why is that? Didn't the pilgrims and the Indians form a peace treaty and even had a big feast?... So then why is it a day of mourning for the Native Americans?

“In 1637... 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. Cheered by their ‘victory,’ the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village... Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible” (
The pilgrims and the Indians had a big feast together, but that only happened once... The rest of the time, the pilgrims raped, enslaved, and killed many Native Americans...

This thanksgiving you should be thankful that this didn't happen to you.

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