A reminder for your holiday table: Thanksgiving celebrates a racist genocide | Michael Coard

The tragic residue of the horrific plight that began 401 years ago continues to exist in 2022

November 22, 2022 6:30 am

Attacks on Native Americans such as the Gnadenhutten Massacre of 1782 in which the Indigenous – who’d converted to Christianity, were slaughtered – have become intertwined with Thanksgiving. — Henry Howe, “Historical Collections of the Great West,” 1852 (The Philadelphia Tribune).

There is obviously nothing wrong with Black families coming together on any day to enjoy each others’ company. But there is obviously a lot wrong with Black families coming together on any day to enjoy racist genocide – even if they do it unknowingly and unintentionally.

And that is exactly what Black families do when they gather each year on the fourth Thursday of November and call that gathering “Thanksgiving.”

The foundation of that racist genocide on the land that became America began 401 years ago and it continued relentlessly with such horrors like the one, among thousands of others, shown in the image above.

That was the Gnadenhutten Massacre of 1782 when white American militiamen from here in Pennsylvania viciously murdered 96 innocent men, women and children in Ohio during the Revolutionary War because those victims were pacifists who didn’t side with either Britain or America.

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Michael Coard
Michael Coard

Opinion contributor Michael Coard, an attorney and radio host, is a columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star’s Commentary Page. Readers may follow him on Twitter @michaelcoard.