Senator Ted Cruz slammed MSNBC for touting an anti-Thanksgiving message in an essay it aired over the weekend which blamed Pilgrim settler for ‘white supremacy’ in America.
Cruz (R-Texas) wrote a snarky tweet in response to the essay, which claimed the holiday was a ‘day of genocide and violence’.
‘@MSNBC corporate message: Thanksgiving sucks. Come for the lies; stay for the anti-American hate,’ he tweeted.
The MSNBC segment – featuring Gyasi Ross, who is Native American – argued that white people have an inaccurate perception of Thanksgiving and blamed the Pilgrims for the racial inequalities impacting the United States now.
The essay aired as protestors assembled across the nation in response to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, who had been on trial after he killed two white men and injured another last August during a Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin. The teen argued he did so in self-defense.
Senator Ted Cruz slammed MSNBC for touting anti-Thanksgiving message in an essay they aired over the weekend telling the ‘real story’ of the holiday
In an MSNBC segment over the weekend, Gyasi Ross, who is Native American, argued that white people have an inaccurate perception of Thanksgiving and blamed the Pilgrims for the racial inequalities impacting the United States now
‘The mythology of Thanksgiving closely mirrors the mythology of America,’ Ross said. ‘That mythology is the image that white Americans love to see of themselves.
He argued the false recount of an ‘equal exchange’ between Native Americans and the Pilgrims reflects how America ‘wants to see itself’.
‘The truth, of course, of Thanksgiving is much different,’ the correspondent stated.
‘The truth is pilgrims did not bring turkey, or sweet potato pie, or cranberries to Thanksgiving. They could not. They were broke. They were broken. Their hands were out. They were begging. They brought nothing of value.’
Rossi claimed he understands why white Americans are thankful, noting that the settlers received food and education, despite not having provided anything to the occasion. But questioned what the indigenous people ‘received of value’.
He continued on, alleging they instead were met with white supremacy that still remains in effect today.
Ross argued the false recount of an ‘equal exchange’ between Native Americans and the Pilgrims reflects how America ‘wants to see itself’
‘Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence. That genocide and violence is still on the menu,’ Ross said as photographs of Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and Trayvon Martin were displayed.
He continued: ‘Return the land. Match the mythology. Then and only then we can all be equally thankful.’
Several conservatives and social media users have echoed Cruz’s criticism, calling the essay woke and anti-American.
‘We should encourage this from Democrats- more woke lunacy, please,’ radio host Buck Sexton said.
‘Degrade the greatest country ever created. Spit all over our traditions. Finally, a solid majority of Americans are seeing the Left for what it is. A reckoning is coming. Midterms will be just the start.’
Ted Cruz, as well as social media users and other conservatives, slammed the news outlet for their ‘woke and anti’American’ perspective of the holiday
‘We should encourage this from Democrats- more woke lunacy, please,’ Sexton tweeted. ‘Degrade the greatest country ever created. Spit all over our traditions. Finally, a solid majority of Americans are seeing the Left for what it is. A reckoning is coming. Midterms will be just the start.’
‘I’m just surprised this incredibly stupid MSNBC lady didn’t call the Pilgrims buckle-hatted Kyle Rittenhouses,’ echoed Federalist co-founder Ben Domenech.
‘The good thing is, nobody is twisting anybody’s arm to celebrate or not to celebrate Thanksgiving. Nobody. That’s the wonderful thing about freedom. And the way we’re headed soon that freedom will likely be challenged, if not totally taken away and we all will be slaves,’ said Curt Williams.
‘What are you saying is to cancel Thanksgiving as well. If I follow the narrative, Thanksgiving is bad and should not be celebrated. All I want is for my family to enjoy good food together after a challenging year or two. What is wrong with that?’ questioned social media user John Tayco.
The essay comes amid a weekend of nationwide racial injustice protests in wake of the acquittal of Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Protests were held in several US cities into Saturday over the verdict, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, marches with hundreds at Federal Plaza in the Loop in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, to protest the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, in Kenosha, Wis.
Activists hold signs at protests in Chicago (left) and Los Angeles (right) over the weekend
Law enforcement in Portland, Oregon declared a riot Friday night as about 200 demonstrators were breaking windows, throwing objects at police and talking about burning down a local government building in downtown.
About 1,000 people marched through downtown Chicago Saturday afternoon, organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago and other local activist groups. Protesters held signs that stated, ‘Stop White Supremacy’ and ‘We’re hitting the streets to protest this racist injustice system’.
In North Carolina, dozens of people gathered Saturday near the state Capitol building to protest the verdict. Speakers led the crowd of roughly 75 people in chants of ‘No justice, no peace!’ and ‘Abolish the police!’ Police officers on motorcycle accompanied the protesters and blocked traffic for them as they marched down a street past bars and restaurants.
Racial injustice protests have become more frequent in America since the death of George Floyd last year by police in Minneapolis.