Allan Wall at VDare has written a piece about the attempt to re-write colonial history with Hispanics being given credit for ‘inventing’ our Thanksgiving traditions. I am grateful that he is responding to the usual ethnocentric claims regarding our early history on this continent.
“No longer are we to believe the First Thanksgiving was the day the Pilgrims cooked up a big meal with the Wampanoags in 1621, a year after the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. Rather, the first Thanksgiving occurred in El Paso, Texas, in 1598, or in St. Augustine, Florida in 1565. The Pilgrims were nearly 25 or even 50 years late!
For some years these kinds of claims have been put forward, and the leftist-revisionist media are too happy to assert these claims as being true. For years, in my small way, I’ve argued against lots of these people who are either leftist-multiculturalists who desperately want to destroy any view of history which holds that, as we were taught, the English colonists were the most numerous and they had the greatest amount of influence on the culture of this country. Invariably someone claims that this country was a multicultural place from its inception, which is just not true. Allan Wall’s article quotes claims from the multiculturalists.
“The fact is, the first colony was a melting pot and the cultural interactions of the many groups of people in the colony were much more like the US is today than the British colonies ever were,” Gifford Waters, historical archaeology collection manager at the Florida Museum, told the University of Florida news.“Memo from Middle America, VDare, 27 Nov 2020
They do love that ‘melting pot’ metaphor. For some reason it’s never been clear to me why a ‘melting pot’ is so appealing a symbol. Just how does the fact that multiple or many nationalities or peoples are involved make something ‘richer’ or more valid or in fact superior? I thought the credo of ”democracy” demanded belief in equality above all? One might think that these people are asserting supremacy or superiority — in other words, anything originated by Anglo-Saxons is inferior to anything which comes from the ‘vibrant’ ethnic groups, namely Hispanics as in this story. I mean, everybody knows that Anglo-Saxons are ‘white-bread’, boring, and that English food is bland and inferior to all the spicy foods with which the Western countries are so enamored now. Supposedly.
Come to think of it the Thanksgiving story these days implies that the English colonists were so inept and feckless that the Indians had to show them how to grow and prepare their foods for Thanksgiving. As if the English had no skill in agriculture and were helpless babies. Please.
Allan Wall says that this is all to prepare us for our own Great Replacement. I suppose that is the most logical explanation for this silliness.
And unfortunately it isn’t just Hispanics and their many admirers who try to re-write history to favor their own ethnic group. I’ve encountered people who make prior claims for Swedish settlers, Germans, and so on. I suppose the Dutch were here longer than most of the other groups, but usually the Dutch are not trying to undermine the English claims which have generally been accepted as valid. Unfortunately the rival claims will make inroads simply because, as in the case of the Hispanics, their numbers are increasing very rapidly, as immigration continues to make this country and its culture more Hispanicized. We’ve had nobody who is willing to reverse that trend; our politicians are more concerned with capturing the ever-increasing Hispanic votes. And our media continue to cheer for and shill for yet more immigrants. So at present it looks as though those of English descent will just be lost in the melting pot, forgetting their heritage, and our cousins in the rest of the Anglosphere will be absorbed.
Allan Wall’s piece is more positive overall than what I’ve written here. I hope there is room for a more positive outcome, an alternative future in which the descendants of the English colonists can still remember who they are, and in which other ethnicities are willing to co–exist without trying to deny us our birthright.