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ANALYSIS: America Prevailed In The Clash Of Cultures. There’s No Shame In Celebrating That This Thanksgiving

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Sarah Weaver Staff Writer
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Every Thanksgiving, a parade of elites wielding an inordinate amount of national influence shame Americans for enjoying the holiday. They parrot the same talking points on Twitter and in the pages of the corporate media outlets — the American settlers were racist colonizers who disrupted a peaceful nomadic culture.

“The Vicious Reality Behind the Thanksgiving Myth,” a New York Times headline blared in 2019. “Celebrating Thanksgiving is celebrating racist genocide,” the Pennsylvania Capital Star screeched. “Don’t forget racist origins of Thanksgiving,” the Daily Targum wrote.

The unpatriotic narrative of virtue-signaling woke leftists is distorted on many fronts, and shouldn’t keep you from simply enjoying a perfectly good Thanksgiving meal in the USA.

In reality, the story of the settling of the New World is one of a massive clash of several cultures all competing for the same, limited resources. Treaties were made and broken and atrocities were committed — yes, even by those friendly, noble nomads — and when the dust settled, a victor emerged, America, and she would subsequently go on to be responsible for immeasurable good both for Americans and the world.

The pilgrims and their allies serve as early examples of that American spirit. Unlike other western governments who came to oppress and pillage North America, the pilgrims worked with certain native tribes to bring civilization, peace, and prosperity to an untamed land. (RELATED: Inflation And Bird Flu Jack Up Thanksgiving Dinner Prices By Nearly 20%)

Fleeing an oppressive monarch who sought to establish a state religion and persecuted his subjects for exercising their religious liberty, the pilgrims sailed to the New World aboard the Mayflower, exemplifying the adventurous spirit that earned us the nickname “home of the brave.”

Aboard the Mayflower, the pilgrims signed one of the first written Constitutions, The Mayflower Compact, which established a common government between consenting adults. The signers of the compact pledged “solemnly and mutually” to create a political body and set up laws that were “just and equal.”

As they established their colony, the pilgrims befriended a native tribe, the Wampanoag, who were seeking refuge from the brutalities of a warring tribe, the Narragansett. The two groups established a mutual and equal peace treaty, with each promising to defend the other from attacks from hostile groups.

The Wampanoag not only faced brutalities from the Narragansett tribe, but from European colonizers as well. Captain Thomas Hunt had lured members of the tribe onto his ship decades earlier, only to sell them into slavery to the Spaniards on his voyage back to England.

But matters between the early American settlers and the Wampanoag were different. Squanto, a member of the tribe who had bravely escaped his English slaveholders to secure his freedom, taught the pilgrims how to grow crops on the soil of the New World. William Bradford, the governor of the colony, praised Squanto as a “special instrument sent of God.”

In 1621, the pilgrims and the Wampanoag people came together to celebrate the first Thanksgiving, which Americans to this day celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November every year. (RELATED: Biden Pardons Two Turkeys In Annual Thanksgiving Tradition)

Peaceful tribes and the early American settlers were competing with other warring tribes and other European colonizers in the rough frontier of the New World for dominance. The Portuguese explored the Northeast coast of North America, and were among the first Europeans to establish colonies in the continent. Spain colonized the Americas to bring back gold and other riches to their country. French explorer Jacques Cartier claimed North America for France in 1534. The Netherlands gave their Dutch East India Company power to establish colonies on the continent.

The French and Indian war serves as perhaps the most obvious example of this clash of world powers. The war was a conflict between the British Empire and the French Empire, with each side claiming the loyalty of various Native American tribes as allies. In this particular conflict, the British emerged victorious.

“This continent is not wide enough for us both,” a Boston clergyman is said to have pronounced in 1754, as the war began.

Painting Americans as the “bad guys” in this vast and complicated struggle simplifies what was in reality a clash of a number of cultures, including various European countries and various Native American tribes, that resulted in a clear winner. In this instance, the clear winner did, for the most part, use its position of prominence to bring peace and prosperity to the world.

It is this triumph of peaceful and virtuous cultures which we celebrate this Thanksgiving.

As a result of the American settlers winning out, the world is massively better off. Where the ideals of the Declaration of Independence have spread worldwide, peace and prosperity has followed. From walking on the moon before the communists, to winning a world war and defeating Fascists in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, Americans have been a force for good around the world. We have the fighting spirit and virtuous ideals of the American settlers to thank for that, and no amount of leftist re-writing of history will change that.

“While immodest, it is not an overstatement to suggest that when it comes to the sciences, arts, technology, and business, America dominates the world,” The Week writes.

From Thomas Edison’s light bulb to Henry Ford to automobiles America has been a hub of innovation. Small wonder then that the USA has received vastly more Nobel Prizes than any other country. To date, they have won 400 prizes, compared to the United Kingdom, in second place at 138.

While undoubtedly many European settlers in the New World committed horrific atrocities against some of the tribes already settled on their land, the pilgrims and the Wampanoag people serve as early examples of the American spirit of liberty and justice.

Just as it is foolish and wrong to describe every Native American as a ruthless “savage” simply because of the actions of some tribes, it is foolish and wrong to describe every settler to the New World as a racist hell-bent on the destruction of the native people of the land on which they settled. (RELATED: ‘They Created An Industry’: How Leftists Gaslight Americans On Extremism)

The culture of justice, equality, and friendship such as that displayed by the pilgrims and the Wampanoag people has won out against cultures of cruelty and subjugation.

That’s the American way. Celebrate it with your family this Thanksgiving. (And no, that doesn’t make you a racist.)