The woke mob came for Thanksgiving this year as food blog Eater issued a trigger warning for its green bean casserole while many on social media warned the holiday hurt Indigenous Americans.
Eater, a recipe website that many turn to for holiday cooking ideas, added trigger warnings to its Thanksgiving recipes, like that of its popular green bean casserole, as a way to acknowledge the holiday’s origins.
The editor’s note read: ‘Thanksgiving traces its origins to an uneasy, temporary alliance between 17th-century English settlers and members of the Wampanoag Confederacy. This year, Eater is choosing to acknowledge that history in our coverage of the holiday.’
Eater’s decision to join the woke this year comes as other condemnations against Thanksgiving flooded Twitter, including posts from liberal media outlets, elected officials and even from a weather website.
Eater posted an editors note in their Thanksgiving recipes citing the history of the holiday
MSNBC began the war on Thanksgiving early this year with an interview with Gyasi Ross, a member of the Blackfeet tribe who condemned the holiday celebration
Ross called theThanksgiving holiday the beginning of a genocide that is still on-going
The left-leaning MSNBC began the war on Thanksgiving early this year with an interview with Gyasi Ross, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, last Saturday, who called the holiday a celebration of a harmful myth.
‘Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence,’ Ross said. ‘That genocide and violence is still on the menu.’
USA Today put its own spotlight on the violent history of the holiday with its article, ‘What is Thanksgiving to Indigenous people? A day of mourning.’
‘To most Natives, Thanksgiving is not a celebration,’ Dennis Zotigh, a tribal citizen, told USA Today. ‘Natives, particularly in the New England area, remember this attempted genocide as a factual part of their history and are reminded each year during the modern Thanksgiving.’
Many are using #NationalDayOfMourning and holding marches with that slogan across the nation to remind America of the holiday’s history.
Others criticized the holiday and called today a National Day of Mourning instead
One Twitter, Nick Estes, wrote with that hashtag, ‘Thanksgiving epitomizes a make-believe nation’s fake history of cordial Native-colonizer relations as its founding. We are thus compelled every year to counter a Disneyland story erasing European invasion, land theft, and Indigenous genocide.’
South Dakota State Senator Kayse Jama also joined in the National Day of Mourning talks through a series of tweets about’ rethinking Thanksgiving’ through the perspective of Indigenous peoples.
He tweeted a quote from JR Lilly, a member of the Navajo Nation, who wrote, ‘Thanksgiving is always complex for many Native American families because of its connection to genocide, stolen land, broken treaties, settler colonialism, and violent ideologies like the Doctrine of Discovery & Manifest Destiny. To many of us, Thanksgiving is a Day of Mourning.’
While avoiding such harsh language himself, Jama wrote, ‘This Thanksgiving, please consider some alternate options such as listening to Native speakers to broaden your perspectives, engaging and educating your families on this topic, giving back to the community or supporting Native businesses.’
The Thanksgiving bashing even made its way to Currently, a weather service website that also advocates for greener global policies.
Even the weather service site, Currently, lashed out against celebrating Thanksgiving
‘Thanksgiving will be celebrated by many people across the country. The holiday perpetuates in a false narrative, that spins the true history of genocide and colonization into a light and largely false story,’ Currently wrote on Twitter.
The weather site also interviewed CeeJay Johnson Yellow Hawk, a member of the Ft. Peck Tribe in Montana, who said Thanksgiving banquets were harmful to her people.
‘That’s not really honoring us, that’s hurting us,’ CeeJay told Currently. ‘I think that it’s important that a conversation is started and that people actually know the true history of what happened during the first Thanksgiving from the actual people who have that knowledge.’
Despite the woke left’s bombardment against the holiday, many came to its defense and argued that the narrative of two peoples coming together for peace served as a good lesson to pass on in an increasingly polarized country.
Others came to the holiday’s defense on Twitter and criticized the ‘woke mob’
One Twitter user with the name C. Ann Bernadette wrote, ‘ I thought it was a day of giving thanks for fall harvest…are we now to believe bread was never broken together between peoples of different [origins]?’
Others expressed fury over the woke culture’s stance against the holiday.
‘This movement is so outta touch and I pray soon outta time. What’s next Christmas? Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,’ wrote Twitter user Jeremy Brown.
Another Twitter user with handle name Leo wrote, ‘Everything that has ever happened will sooner or later be cancelled by the woke mob.’