Wednesday, November 23, 2005

On Thanksgiving

Instapundit (yeah, he needs the hits) links to two pieces that talk about Thanksgiving. The first thanks the faceless folks that support the troops in the field. The second talks about the historical revision of Thanksgiving, and all holidays, based on the need for white men to hold power.
Thanksgiving is the day when the dominant white culture (and, sadly, most of the rest of the non-white but non-indigenous population) celebrates the beginning of a genocide that was, in fact, blessed by the men we hold up as our heroic founding fathers.
Gimme a break. I have g-g-g-grandparents who were Native American. Yeah, the whites acted rudely, but peoples everywhere act rudely. It is not a solely American trait.

I'm giving thanks this week, not for revisionist history, but for my own history.

My last name is German in origin, based on the fact that my paternal great-great-great grandfather migrated here with five brothers to escape a famine. It could just have easily been Scot, Irish, French, British, or Native American, depending on who decided to marry who in the late 19th century. I am 1/32nd Native American, based on a Mississippi Choctaw woman who decided to marry a Scot-Irish farmer in the country outside Jackson, MS. My namesake German grandfather hit the shores about the same time. I carry as much German blood in my veins as I carry Native American. I carry about an eighth French, based on my maternal g-g-grandparent who came to Louisiana following the British rudeness in Acadia.

I am a blend of about six different national origins, all who decided that the United States was the best place to raise a family. They integrated, assimilated, and took the best of every culture to make something unique. Me. The fact that my last name is Germanic is solely an accident of patrimony.

This week, I give thanks for that Native woman who decided to marry a Scot-Irish farmer as part of the American experiment. I give thanks for those German immigrants with the unwieldy last name. I give thanks for the French who were driven from their homes and came to wet, humid Louisiana. I give thanks for all who came before.

So, this week, with grandkids streaming in and out the doors of this modest home, I give thanks that we are here, in the great hope of the world. Part of the great American experiment, part of the greatest democracy this world has ever known. I give thanks that we are sheltered, and fed, and loved, and that my grandchildren have an even chance of being better than I am.


Anonymous said...

What the author fails to mention is that throughout indian lore are stories of the people who came before. The native americans decimated several cultures, and the indian tribes were as diverse as Europeans. Several of the native tribes are believed to have descended in part from Egyptian and african migrants. Some of the south American tribes possibly came straight accross the Pacific rather than accross from Russia and down. The indians did not live peacefully together, their culture demanded that they be heroic in battle. At the time of Lewis and Clark, the Dakota were as far east as the Mississippi in central Minnesota. In a few decades though the Chippewa had essentially driven them from the territory.
Historical revisionism is rampant in America. When My father went to school, students purchased their own books. The material in his history books is quite diffrent from the material presented today, or even when I was in school.
They are rewritting history to fit their model. Christopher Columbus is no longer a missionary, but a profit seeker.True his first journey was exploration, but his subsequent trips were to spread the gospel.
Also of interest is that while the Pilgrims left England because of religious persecution, when they left the Netherlands, there was no persecution. they went west to spread the gospel.
It suits the model of the Anti theists to portray Christians as money hungery grubbers. Amazingly they chose to embrace Islam on the basis that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
I could rant on this for hours, but I'll leave it at that.

Kelly(Mom of 6) said...

Hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving!