The Original Thanksgiving Was Not A Peaceful Celebration

The Original Thanksgiving Was Not A Peaceful Celebration

Sweeping oppression under the rug is kind of America's thing.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Thanksgiving was not the Native Americans and Pilgrims sitting around a table sharing turkey, and mashed potatoes and green beans.

Quite the opposite, really.

In 1671, the year that the infamous Thanksgiving took place, Colony Governor John Winthrop lead his troops back to Massachusetts from a great journey, hundreds of miles from what is not Connecticut. The Massachusetts men had a big meal to celebrate but did not share with the Native Americans.

Mild cease-fires did not happen until 1890, and even then it was just a cease-fire. It was not two people taking hands and eating at the same table, and teaching each other how to plant corn or cook a turkey. These things did not happen, not at all.

The return of this journey occurred in later November, and they called that day Thanksgiving in praise of their safe return from this long trip, but also in praise that they had successfully killed 700 Native people.On his voyage, John Winthrop and his men managed to massacre over 700 Pequot Indians.

Men, women, and children, all murdered. In fact, these massacres happened so often and were celebrated with a Thanksgiving so often that George Washington said that instead of celebrating constantly, to have one day of the year that they are thankful for all of these mass killings.

And then, Thanksgiving was born. Descendants and advocates for the Pequot Indians revisit the site where the Pequots were celebrating their annual Green Festival, where the massacre occurred. They go back every year, and they call it the Day of Mourning. This place is where men were clubbed and shot, and women and children were burned alive.

So how did this day become big meals and even bigger balloons? How did it become the day everyone gets ready to shop 'till they drop, and watch football and celebrate America?

White leadership through the decades decided to sweep these evils under the rug and make it more about religion and patriotism, rather than historical accuracy.

Thank your creator for what they have done, and thank America for all the opportunities she has given you. It does not matter what actually happened, or how they make have marginalized a set of people. We as Americans just want a good meal, a good parade, and a food coma nap.

Because that truly seems to be the American way.

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20 Signs You're One Of Those "Christmas Starts In November" Kind Of People

*cue the Christmas music*

Happy November, fellow Christmas-loving people! We're one month closer to the best holiday!

If you're like me, aka someone who loves all things Christmas, even in November, this list will describe you perfectly:

1. On November 1st, this is how you felt...

2. You're already listening to Christmas music.

3. You're already watching Hallmark's "Countdown to Christmas" specials.

4. You're drinking hot beverages more regularly, maybe even out of Christmas mugs.

5. When you wake up to 36-degree weather, you get very excited because that means...SWEATERS.

6. You'd have your tree up TODAY if it was socially acceptable.

7. The Christmas section in TjMaxx/Target makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

8. You've already invested in a few new sweaters, cozy socks, and maybe even new decorations.

9. You're already planning Christmas gifts.

10. If you had it your way, Thanksgiving and Christmas would be one, week-long holiday.

11. You may or may not have a few Christmas-themed candles already out. Aka holiday-themed everything.

12. You aren't a fan of the Scrooges in this world.

13. But you try to make them love Christmas, anyway.

14. Red is showing up more and more in your closet.

15. Your love of baking increases substantially.

16. You're already hoping that this year will be THE YEAR we have a White Christmas.

17. You're on Pinterest constantly looking for DIY Christmas presents and decorations.

18. You're ready for Christmas break.

19. People think you're crazy or annoying, but you're just like...

20. You're already dreading the day AFTER Christmas.

Happy almost Christmas, yall!

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11 Ways To Calm Your Seasonal Depression Before It Gets Out Of Hand

7. Treat yo' a nap.


It is about that time of the year when everyone is feeling sad and stressed. This can be caused by the changing of the weather, too much academic pressure as exams press nearer, and many other reasons. Everyone is affected differently and show their problems differently, but it is still a concern.

I am here to offer some words of advice to anyone who may be struggling with something in their own lives. If something applies to you, take the words I present and see how you can act on them. You never know what may speak to you in your time of struggle and stress.

Do not worry because almost everyone else is going through something as well. They may not have as dramatic of situations as yours, but at least know you are not doing this all alone.

1. Dress warmer! 


Dress warmer with extra jackets, gloves, and a hat whenever you go outside. Even if it is only for a few minutes in-between buildings, make sure you keep warm and protected. If you do not own winter clothing, now is the time to invest in some before it becomes too late.

2. Take care of your health! 


Keep drinking lots of water and taking lots of Vitamins. The best way to fight the flu is to try to get extra sleep whenever you can. That means you should take more naps and try to get to bed a little earlier. You do not want to get sicker than you already are, trust me.

3. Call your family...


Maybe it is time to finally give them a call whether it be for a few minutes or an hour long video chat. Even just seeing their faces over the phone may be enough for you. It might also be that time in the school to head back home if you are able to and see them in person. I am sure they would really appreciate that surprise especially if you normally do not visit.

4. Open up to your friends! 


Turn to the people around you who genuinely care about you. They will be able to cheer you up or at least will try to make you feel better. Start doing activities that you enjoy and that make you happier. Overall, if your attitude is positive, you will feel less sad and will be a more fun person to be around. No one likes to be surrounded by gloomy people.

5. Actually do your homework...


Now is not the time in the semester to start to slack off on all your big projects and essays. This is the best time to actually work on them, so now you have to set up a plan that works for you. You know how you can succeed. Make a plan, and stick to it!

6. Set up an appointment with your advisor! 


Maybe you need to try talking to an adviser at your school who can actually help. Chances are they know a fair amount about the classes you are taking and how to help you succeed. You do not have to feel overwhelmed because there are people who want to help. Turn to some people in your classes and see if they understand what they are doing at all before you start to freak out.

7. Treat yo' a nap. 


In college this is almost bound to happen. My best advice is that if you can go to bed at a reasonable time, try to go to bed. If you ever have a moment where you know you are not doing anything, take a nap. Frequent short naps can actually help you, so you may as well try to fit some into your daily routine especially if getting 4-5 hours a night of sleep seems to be your average.

8. Go DO something! 


Go do something with people just to get yourself out there more. Ask your roommate to go get coffee with you. Ask that guy who sits in front of you to see a movie with you. Do whatever you want to do and invite others along. There are always going to be people who will want to join you; you just might have to ask around to figure it out.

9. Watch some scary movies! 


Spooky season will be back around before you know it. It will still live on in spirit, but just know other seasons are coming around anyway. If you are really feeling nostalgic, watch some scary movies with some friends on a Friday night just to remember all the good spooky times.

10. Break out the Christmas music! 


The season I look forward to most of all is just around the corner. Soon enough all the radio stations will be playing carols, all the stores will have trees scattered around the entrances, and cars will be driving slowly through neighborhoods just to look at all the lights on each house. It will be here before you know it, so just always be ready.

11. Look forward to Christmas break!


This is closer than you may realize, so just hang in there for these last few weeks. You will finally be able to relax and not have to think about school or exams. First you have to get to the end of the semester, so just stay focused on exams for now. The fun will come later.

No matter what you may be struggling with, you are not alone this cold season of problems. Find those people around you who will be able to help you the most. You got this!!

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