-By Warner Todd Huston
It’s become a tradition on every holiday that somewhere in the country a taxpayer supported university professor will come forth to trash one of our American traditions and this holiday season we were treated to a claim that Thanksgiving is really just a celebration of “genocide” created by “Nazis.”
A long-time, extreme left-winger named Robert Jensen, a taxpayer supported journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, felt Thanksgiving eve was the perfect time to unleash his latest anti-American screed on the radical website Alternet. Titled “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” Jensen claimed that this most gentle of holidays is really nothing but a celebration of genocide sponsored by Americans who are little different than Nazis.
To Jensen, Thanksgiving isn’t a day to give thanks for what we have, it isn’t a spiritual day to reflect on one’s good fortune, it is instead a “white-supremacist holiday” that would be better spent in a “day of mourning” for the “genocide” evil whites perpetrated against America’s native people.
Leave aside Jensen’s racist tendency of assuming every Indian tribe is just like the next — some Indian tribes welcomed and worked with the European “invaders,” as Jensen put it — he also illegitimately claims that the U.S. is an “empire.” It never has been.
Jensen goes on to denounce the “myth-building” of creating holidays to further our national narrative and laments the entire celebration.
Simply put: 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.
Jensen goes on to attack our forefathers for having expanded the U.S.A. from sea to shining sea and destroying the Indian’s various cultures. It is a shame that our early settlers destroyed all the hospitals, roads, libraries, great works of literature, and science that the native peoples created before white men arrived on America’s shores, to be sure. For Jensen, there isn’t anything in our founders worth celebrating and wonders aloud how we are even able to “deal with” them.
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?
It is fitting that this hatred for America is featured on Alternet. After all, that website is funded by the leading anti-American in the world, George Soros. The site hosts many of Jensen’s past screeds.
Jensen has a long history of hating these United States, its traditions, and ideals. He is also a hater of men, oddly enough. He’s one of those male feminists, apparently. Further, he thinks all whites are racist, he stands against capitalism, and is one of those that reads such things into every historical era, every American action.
Good thing he makes his living off a racist, capitalist, woman-hating country, isn’t it?
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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