We have reached that time of the year in America when the hypocrites try desperately to cleanse their souls, to wipe a past of greed, genocide, racism, and imperialism. This happens on two fronts. First, the President pardons one or more big turkeys for the benefit of the media, a ritual I have never tried to understand the history of and I don't care, and to signal the beginning of the hypocrisy.
The second deals with the true history or I should say the denial of the true history of Thanksgiving. The first designated date was 1637 as explained by Joanne Barker of Truthout (No Thanks: How Thanksgiving Narratives Erase the Genocide of Native Peoples):
Thanksgiving is a nationalist holiday defined by the rituals of making money and self indulgence. Nationalist traditions advance the idea of the freedom to be happy by erasing the consequences of imperial capitalism.
Those traditions are certainly not about the "first Thanksgiving" in 1637. John Winthrop, governor of an English colony in what is now Massachusetts, held a feast in honor of a volunteer militia who had returned from their massacre of 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation. The federal holiday was established in 1863. By then, the mythic narrative had become the national truth: Pilgrims (Americans) gave thanks for surviving, thanks to the "Indians" who fed them and taught them how to grow corn.
Of course current day celebrators of Thanksgiving don't know this history since contemporary main-stream history omits the historical facts. Their focus is on family reunions, sports, and of course Black Friday which all plays into the shallow lifestyles of capitalist America. They don't concern themselves with people who have to slave at America's plantation corporations such as Walmart and Target on this so-called family togetherness day. And obviously they don't considered the evils done to the Native Americans who became the cannon fodder for the expansion of the colonies in the 1600s and exists even to this day.
So in closing, I agree with Ms. Barker, I have no interest in the religious connections to the holiday because they are fraudulent (just like Christianity) or the shopping frenzies, or the public displays of parades and other BS. Thanksgiving is just another of America's phony holidays with little connection to history and the truth.
Comments to think about.