Thanksgiving: an American holiday under attack

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Reagan got it right when he predicted future parents in America wouldn’t be sure as to whether a strong sense of patriotism ought to be taught to their children. Doubting it?

A recent youtube video of man-on-street type interviews depict Americans saying demeaning things about thanksgiving.

One woman said that  kindergarteners should be taught Thanksgiving is “totally meaningless” …… “we massacred millions and millions of Native Americans.” Wow, what about teaching them humility? What about teaching them to be thankful and not feel entitled? What about family values? How about teaching them Christian values and ideal? Did I just say Christian… uh oh time to hire a civil lawyer for the impending lawsuits that will emerge.

Another woman said, “Well, our nation was founded on slavery, genocide, murder, theft and mass injustice and it continues to this day,”.

These are the mothers and future mothers of America, bashing Thanksgiving with no common ground sensibility at all. I mean it one thing to say “Thanksgiving is a good wholesome tradition but its roots are pretty foul”. Yet its quite another to say “Thanksgiving is the most horrendous reminder of the evil deeds committed by the malicious pilgrims”. If one is to speak critically and objectively on a topic, then one must address the pros as well as the cons of a particular subject.

So now the question becomes: How will you teach the meaning of Thanksgiving to your family’s youngest generation?

Let us be shy no longer,

Milton L. Jefferson

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