MSNBC pundits malign Thanksgiving as ‘Colonizer Christmas,’ try to tie it to cannibalism
MSNBC is now calling Thanksgiving a “Colonizer Christmas.” Then they proceeded to insinuate that it is associated with cannibalism before urging Americans to skip it altogether.
“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,’” Media Research Center contributing editor Mark Finkelstein wrote.
MSNBC’s guest host Jason Johnson dramatically pointed out that 40 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with more than 10 people, potentially creating “super-spreader events all over the country,” before asking viewers to stay home.
“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, ” Johnson said before he began trashing Thanksgiving in general.
“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,” Johnson stated.
“From a cultural and a historic standpoint, is it really that much a disruption that we should maybe back off of Thanksgiving this year? Haven’t we had other times where major holidays had to change because the nation was facing crisis?” he asked.
Then, The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb chimed in and took it even further:
“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,” Cobb dared to say. “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.”
Finkelstein astutely highlighted that the “left’s campaign to undermine and ultimately destroy American traditions and culture marches inexorably on” and that this MSNBC segment is one more example of that.
“Christmas: secularized. Columbus Day? Fuggedaboutit – it’s Indigenous Peoples Day! And in this latest attack, Thanksgiving becomes ‘Colonizer Christmas,’ celebrating a bunch of cannibals,” Finkelstein wrote. “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.”
The segment was sponsored in part by Oscar Meyer, Gold Bond, and USPS. It should also be noted that the degrading of Thanksgiving has been employed in the media over the last several years. This is not the first incidence of this kind of Thanksgiving-bashing.