History by MSNBC: Thanksgiving is ‘Colonizer Christmas’ and Colonists Were Cannibals

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In these coronavirus times, it’s one thing to encourage people not to gather in large groups for Thanksgiving. But for such purposes, is it necessary to trash the most beloved holiday in America’s secular calendar? 

Yes, apparently—if you had the misfortune of tuning into MSNBC’s AM Joy this morning. Guest host Jason Johnson tipped off the trashing of Thanksgiving by saying:

“I know in my family, I know several people who call it “Colonizer Christmas,” because they don’t really like the idea of what Thanksgiving represents.”

Not to be outdone, Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker, who’s also an MSNBC contributor, associated a ghoulish image with the holiday. He said that “anthropological research” indicates that at the time of the original Thanksgiving, the colonists resorted to “cannibalism” because of their dire conditions. Something to think about as you chow down on that turkey leg!

The left’s campaign to undermine and ultimately destroy American traditions and culture marches inexorably on. Christmas: secularized. Columbus Day? Fuggedaboutit–it’s Indigenous Peoples Day! And in this latest attack, Thanksgiving becomes “Colonizer Christmas,” celebrating a bunch of cannibals.

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Note: there is some evidence of isolated incidents of cannibalism among the Jamestown colonists during the harsh winter of 1609-10. But this was hardly a widespread practice. Cobb’s attempt to associate Thanksgiving with cannibalism was grotesque.

MSNBC’s War on Thanksgiving was sponsored in part by Oscar Meyer, Gold Bond, and USPS. Contact them at the Conservatives Fight Back links to let them know what you think of MSNBC’s revolting attack on Thanksgiving.

Here’s the transcript.

AM Joy
10:53 am ET

JASON JOHNSON: As coronavirus surges out of control in nearly every single corner of the country. It looks like spaghetti has been spread all over the US map. This morning the number of cases in the US has topped 12 million. The CDC is pleading with people to not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. But, 40% plan of Americans plan to attend a Thanksgiving dinner with ten people or more, potentially creating super-spreader events all over the country. So with just days to go before  America’s favorite holiday, I’m urging you not to be the turkey who puts your loved ones at risk. 

. . . 

Jelani, I want to point this out. Thanksgiving has evolved in America, just like Christmas, right? At one point, Christmas was a time for rich people to open up their houses for people to come in and get stuff. 

Thanksgiving has changed over time as well. I know in my family, I know several people who call it “Colonizer Christmas,” because they don’t really like the idea of what Thanksgiving represents.

From a cultural and a historic standpoint, is it really that much a disruption that we should maybeo back off of Thanksgiving this year? Haven’t we had other times where major holidays had to change because the nation was facing crisis?

JELANI COBB: Sure. Or even think about it: that original Thanksgiving, you know, where the colony was starving, and, you know, anthropological research suggests was in such dire conditions they had to resort to cannibalism to remain alive.

And you know, it always has been kind of awkward to say that you commemorate that by stuffing yourself with as much food as you can find. And maybe, perhaps, people have to actually think about a small sacrifice that would be fitting, in keeping with this day. 

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  1. Here’s but one of many problems with MSNBC’s take on Thanksgiving.
    Thanksgiving celebrations were previously called Harvest Festivals, and they predate the First US Thanksgiving by thousands of years. Nearly every culture has had a similar festival to celebrate successful harvests from the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians to the ancient Asians and Indigenous tribes or the Americas. On every continent save Antartica, Harvest Celebrations have been held. It’s not a uniquely American celebration just because we made it a Federal Holiday.

    As for calling it “Colonizer Christmas,” that just shows ignorance of the purpose of Harvest celebrations. You might think you’re woke, clever and “with it.” All you’ve really proved is that you’re an ignorant Ass.

    1. Absolutely correct! It was also a celebtation of having made it thru a very shakey year in the New World! And to embrace & thank the Native Americans that helped them do just that! How can these dimwits compare this to Christmas? MSNBC is as off the wall, constantly WRONG & just plain LIARS, as CNN !

    2. Also when Squanto was sent back from slavery in England, he had learned English and also was a Christian. He met the pilgrims and because he spoke Indian language and English, he introduced local tribes who taught the pilgrims how to plant and fertilize the poor soil there. That led to the great feast they called Thanksgiving.

  2. YO, GUYS, where was it that some people claim the “Native Americans” came from? Do we really know what was here before they got here? We can take it back to “Lucy” and claim that 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of all people were some kind of immigrant and if you throw in the Neanderthals many were invaded. Let’s add 3 more 9 before the % sign.

  3. So sick of these hateful joy killers that want to rip our country apart.They live in such darkness that they are not able to see the good in anything anymore.Our Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally
    for family gatherings and giving thanks to God for our families and all the graces and blessings that he has given to us.The magic word here is God who puts the light and joy into our lives. Without God there is no light or joy.
    Jason Johnson and others like him needs our prayers .

  4. “A few small people, in a town of hundreds, engaged in Cannibalism because times were bad. As a result, the entire holiday was all about Cannibalism!”

    Yeah, that makes about as much sense as saying Biden is trustworthy because you’re supposed to trust your elders.

  5. The first European settlers in North America proved that Socialism leads to starvation and cannibalism. Once they abandoned the socialist line and opened free market capitalism, everyone was better off. Learn the lesson, you Democrat nincompoops!

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