By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Autumn is one of the best times of the year. Between the assortment of holidays, to the changing colors of leaves, and breaking out the UGGs for the first time, it’s hard not to relish in every part of the season. But I hate Thanksgiving. I don’t hate Thanksgiving for the reasons you might think. If you’ve ever talked to me about how much you love gravy or stuffing, chances are I’ve drowned you out.
Is it because you’re vegetarian? Is it because you hate your family? Is it because you don’t understand football? Those are the questions I have received concerning my hatred towards Thanksgiving. No, it’s not because I’m vegetarian (but very good guess), no, it’s not because I hate my family, and no, it’s not because I don’t understand football (I understand that the Patriots need to win so I can get free iced coffee).
I hate the history of Thanksgiving. What we are taught in grade school is not what led to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has a treacherous, heinous, and disgusting history. Let us pause for a moment of reflection. Christopher Columbus did not colonize the Americas, he destroyed it.
Between 1494 and 1508, more than three million Native Americans died from war, disease, and slavery. It is also reported that Columbus completely tolerated the raping and pillaging of Natives when he and his crew first arrived in the southern part of the Americas in the Caribbean.
Historian Lewis Mumford is noted for saying, “Wherever Western man went, slavery, land robbery, lawlessness, culture-wrecking, and the outright extermination of both wild beasts and tame men went with him.”
The first Thanksgiving, celebrated in what now is Connecticut in 1621, did not involve both white European settlers and Native Americans. There is no written documentation of the history of Thanksgiving, which leaves his- torians and Native Americans skeptical. By this time in history, Native Americans, specifically the Pequot tribe in Connecticut, were dying of European diseases and only about 19 percent of the original tribe survived. Thanksgiving is not about giving thanks and being grateful, and it never was. Even if today’s 21st century way of thinking that Thanksgiving is still ostentatious as we stuff ourselves with hormone-induced turkey and canned cranberry sauce, the holiday is not what we have been taught. Today the holiday is about too much food, and spending too much time with family.