University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Robert Jensen calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” His opinion piece, “No Thanks for Thanksgiving” appeared on George Soros-connected website Alternet on Wednesday. In his article, Jensen wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went compared the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany, asking “how does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis?”
Robert Jensen claims Thanksgiving is “at the heart of U.S. myth-building. “But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today,” he explained.
Jensen claims that “not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits — which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States.”
Wow, this is pretty deep and I don’t believe for a minute that when most Americans think Thanksgiving, white supremacist comes to mind.