It’s hard to find an America holiday that is not deemed offensive, insensitive, and politically incorrect these days, especially on liberal college campuses. Now Thanksgiving Day is under attack at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
According to Campus Reform, a student group created a new Thanksgiving alternative event this year entitled, “Thanks But No Thanks-giving: Decolonizing an American Holiday.”
The university’s calendar describes the event this way:
“Millions of families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Many Americans do not grow up thinking much of the history behind the holiday. The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures across the globe. In collaboration with the Native American Student Association (NASU), we will focus on ways in which we can continue to show gratitude while raising our critical consciousness and identifying ways to decolonize the holiday.”
But when conservative watchdog group Campus Reform interviewed students on campus, many of them, while liberal, were not eager to jump onboard the no-Thanksgiving bandwagon.
“That’s great,” one female student immediately reacted to the idea.
But after a moment she added, “But, like, [it] doesn’t help natives, does it?”
Other students claimed there is a “racist history” to Thanksgiving but couldn’t really provide details on why. They seemed to just operate on a vague notion that Thanksgiving isn’t supposed to be celebrated by liberal-minded people.
Saying that there is “ingrained racism” with the events surrounding the first Thanksgiving, a male student acknowledged, “I think the important part is more the message of Thanksgiving to be thankful for what you have, thankful for the people around you who are willing to help you.”
Asked about the “Thanks But No Thanks-giving” event, another student said, “I think that it speaks to a fringe of students — I mean, it’s not even a fringe anymore. I think it speaks to a certain class of people that that’s the best way they know how to express themselves. I don’t think it’s the most constructive way to express it.”
“Growing up in school, they routinely talked about the contributions native Americans had toward the first Thanksgiving and the reason why we celebrate it to begin with,” a student said. “So, if you want to make that a bigger portion of it, that makes sense, but…”
“So educate people on the history of it?” the Campus Reform interviewer asked.
Watch the full video here:
A better education on what Thanksgiving is all about is certainly needed on college campuses and in America.
Start here: Prager University explains through a brief, animated video what happened at the first Thanksgiving dinner and how the holiday is not a celebration of genocide: