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Thanksgiving: A Day of Mourning 2017

Every Thanksgiving, I like to republish this post and add a few thoughts.

My thoughts surround the removal of Confederate statues. I am against the removal for the fact that the act is removing history from our memories, just as what happened to Thanksgiving. I know most folks think that these statues are tributes to these leaders that fought for things that us modern folks aren’t too proud of. Some folks think they are offensive. Contrary to what many people believe, slavery was not high on the list of reasons for the Civil War.

Although some people think that black Africans were the only slaves in written history, slavery goes back to the beginning of time,  and spans all cultures, nationalities and religions. I don’t understand why some folks think this statement is considered racist. It’s the truth! It may not be easy to find collaborating documents to prove the many different peoples that were used as slaves, as much of this history has been buried in history books, because countries don’t want to be remembered that way. That’s a problem, in my opinion. People will soon forget about why the Civil War was fought and the people that are claiming to be repressed because of it will loose their footing in their arguments.

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ George Santayana

“There aren’t just bad people that commit genocide; we are all capable of it. It’s our evolutionary history.” James Lovelock

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‘History is written by the victors.’ Winston S. Churchill 

If you are interested in learning a different story of what happened after the pilgrims reached Plymouth Rock, please read on!

Those who are indigenous Indians to North America have been misrepresented and effectively banished in American history textbooks in favor of glorifying European colonialism. Why does democracy refuse to teach that thousands of American Native Indians were unjustifiably slaughtered in the name of conquest and imperialism?

From the book The American Tradition.

“After some exploring in 1620, the Pilgrims chose the land around Plymouth Harbor for their settlement. Unfortunately, they arrived in December and were not prepared for the New England weather. However, they were aided by friendly Indians, who gave them food and showed them how to grow corn. When warm weather came, the colonists planted, fished, hunted and prepared themselves for the next winter. After harvesting their first crop, they and their Indian friends celebrated the first Thanksgiving.”

This is what is taught here in the U.S. Some of it is the truth; the Pilgrims did come to America in 1620. Most didn’t survive the first winter because of their lack of stored food and supplies. They did meet Native American Indians. That’s pretty much where the truth ends.

The Wampanoag people did not truly trust whites, having dealt with European fishermen who had enslave or kill them for the past 100 years. However, because it was their culture and religion to help those in need, the Wampanoags took pity on the settlers and helped them. On March 16th, 1621, a Patuxet Indian (neighbors of the Wampanoag) named Samoset met the settlers for the first time. Samoset spoke excellent English, as did Squanto, another bilingual Patuxet because the British had taken them into slavery in the past. Squanto acted as an interpreter for the Wampanoag Indians, led by Chief Massasoit.

The next harvest season, the settlers and Native Tribes agreed to meet for a 3-day negotiation. As the meeting fell during the Wampanoag Harvest Festival, the Native Indian community agreed to bring most of the food for the event. The peace and land negotiations were successful and the Pilgrims acquired the rights of land for their people. This became the base for the Thanksgiving story.

In 1622 propaganda started to circulate about this “First Thanksgiving”. A book called, “Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims in Plymouth” publicized the greatness of Plymouth and told of the meeting as a friendly feast with the Native Indians. The Pilgrims glamorized the situation, possibly in an effort to encourage more Puritans to settle in their area. By stating that the Native Indian community was warm and open-armed, the newcomers would be more likely to feel secure in their journey to New England.

What started as a hope for peace between the settlers and the Wampanoag, ended in the most sad and tragic way. The Pilgrims, once few in number, had now grown to well over 40,000 and the Native American Indian strength had weakened to less than 3,000. Not only did the battles lower their numbers, contagious diseases never seen by the Native Indians were also to blame. By 1675, one generation later, tension had grown between the Europeans and the Native Indians. The Wampanoag called in reinforcements from other surrounding tribes.

Many Native Indian communities throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut rallied with the Wampanoags, but the power of the English was overpowering. After the war was over, the remaining Wampanoags and their allies, were either killed or deported as slaves for thirty shillings each. This slave trade was so successful that several Puritan ship owners began a slave-trading business by raiding the coast for Native American Indians and trading them for black slaves of Africa. The black slaves were then sold to colonists in the south. Hence, the Pilgrims were one of the founders of the American-based slave trading industry.

This is why I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving the same way as in the past. I will still be thankful for my friends and my family. However, I will also remember there’s more than one way to weave a story.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Thanksgiving: A Day of Mourning

I like to reblog this yearly.

There aren’t just bad people that commit genocide; we are all capable of it. It’s our evolutionary history.

James Lovelock

If you are interested in learning a different story of what happened after the pilgrims reached Plymouth Rock, please read on!

thanks not

Winston S. Churchill — ‘History is written by the victors.’

Those who are indigenous Indians to North America have been misrepresented and effectively banished in American history textbooks in favor of glorifying European colonialism. Why does democracy refuse to teach that thousands of American Native Indians were unjustifiably slaughtered in the name of conquest and imperialism?

From the book The American Tradition.

“After some exploring in 1620, the Pilgrims chose the land around Plymouth Harbor for their settlement. Unfortunately, they arrived in December and were not prepared for the New England weather. However, they were aided by friendly Indians, who gave them food and showed them how to grow corn. When warm weather came, the colonists planted, fished, hunted and prepared themselves for the next winter. After harvesting their first crop, they and their Indian friends celebrated the first Thanksgiving.”

This is what is taught here in the U.S. Some of it is the truth; the Pilgrims did come to America in 1620. Most didn’t survive the first winter because of their lack of stored food and supplies. They did meet Native American Indians. That’s pretty much where the truth ends.

The Wampanoag people did not truly trust whites, having dealt with European fishermen who had enslave or kill them for the past 100 years. However, because it was their culture and religion to help those in need, the Wampanoags took pity on the settlers and helped them. On March 16th, 1621, a Patuxet Indian (neighbors of the Wampanoag) named Samoset met the settlers for the first time. Samoset spoke excellent English, as did Squanto, another bilingual Patuxet because the British had taken them into slavery in the past. Squanto acted as an interpreter for the Wampanoag Indians, led by Chief Massasoit.

The next harvest season, the settlers and Native Tribes agreed to meet for a 3-day negotiation. As the meeting fell during the Wampanoag Harvest Festival, the Native Indian community agreed to bring most of the food for the event. The peace and land negotiations were successful and the Pilgrims acquired the rights of land for their people. This became the base for the Thanksgiving story.

In 1622 propaganda started to circulate about this “First Thanksgiving”. A book called, “Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims in Plymouth” publicized the greatness of Plymouth and told of the meeting as a friendly feast with the Native Indians. The Pilgrims glamorized the situation, possibly in an effort to encourage more Puritans to settle in their area. By stating that the Native Indian community was warm and open-armed, the newcomers would be more likely to feel secure in their journey to New England.

What started as a hope for peace between the settlers and the Wampanoag, ended in the most sad and tragic way. The Pilgrims, once few in number, had now grown to well over 40,000 and the Native American Indian strength had weakened to less than 3,000. Not only did the battles lower their numbers, contagious diseases never seen by the Native Indians were also to blame. By 1675, one generation later, tension had grown between the Europeans and the Native Indians. The Wampanoag called in reinforcements from other surrounding tribes.

Many Native Indian communities throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut rallied with the Wampanoags, but the power of the English was overpowering. After the war was over, the remaining Wampanoags and their allies, were either killed or deported as slaves for thirty shillings each. This slave trade was so successful that several Puritan ship owners began a slave-trading business by raiding the coast for Native American Indians and trading them for black slaves of Africa. The black slaves were then sold to colonists in the south. Hence, the Pilgrims were one of the founders of the American-based slave trading industry.

This is why I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving the same way as in the past. I will still be thankful for my friends and my family. However, I will also remember there’s more than one way to weave a story.

Yuck. You Don’t Taste Good!

I saw this jumping spider eyeing up a snack… or not. I guess boxelder bugs don’t taste good!!

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What do I spy with my eight eyes? A snack! Mmmm, buuuug guts.

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Slowly I turn… Step by step…. Inch by inch….

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GOTCHA! Yeah! Wooohoo, let’s see if I can ride for eight seconds!

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Hmmm. Yuk, what the hell! Blech, blech…. Get it off my tongue!!!

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Pleth, pleth. I’m gonna sue that guy for false advertising. He looked tasty!

Happy Halloween!!!


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Send in the Clowns

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John Wayne Gacy, a REAL Creepy clown.

As Halloween gets closer, I couldn’t help but write about the ‘Creepy Clown Craze’ that has now even made it’s presence across the pond!! My experience with clowns has been 50/50. I grew-up watching a Chicago live program called ‘Bozo’s Circus’ with Bozo & Cookie Clowns. How could you not love these redheaded jesters??

On the flip-flop, I also grew-up during the 70’s hearing about the local serial killer John Wayne Gacy that dressed as ‘Pogo the Clown’ for local fundraisers. Gacy murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men, and was nicknamed the ‘Killer Clown’. Now THIS GUY was a real, creepy clown.

In High School, I was talked into going to a midnight showing of ‘IT’, by a very cute boy. I don’t think I would have gone had I not been smitten with him. The nightmares from the movie lasted longer than our relationship! Ha! Even now, after all these years, I still can’t look at a drain in the same way.

I know many folks must be coulrophobic, or the movie would have flopped. Marketing gurus from the upcoming IT 2 movie have clearly stated had the clowns not been bothering children, this would have been a great ad campaign, however they can’t claim it as theirs.

The hubbub over clowns also has Ronald McDonald keeping a low profile.

Sociologist Robert Bartholomew from the Botany College in New Zealand has studied mass hysteria for years, and said the current clown scare is a result of two things in the U.S.: social media and a fear of otherness, whether it arrives in a limo or a refugee boat.

“Social media plays a pivotal role in spreading these rumor-panics which travel around the globe in the blink of an eye,” he said. “They are part of a greater moral panic about the fear of strangers and terrorists in an increasingly urban, impersonal, and unpredictable world.”

I found another view that I agree with more… I call it ‘Mob Mentality’, however the correct term is Social Contagion: when somebody does something unusual or out of the ordinary and it affects other people’s thinking. Think Monkey see, monkey do.

Copycat clowns are likely motivated by the idea of getting attention and making it into the news. They have seen the attention other clowns are receiving and want to experience the same.

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This was at a campground.

Bill Indick, a professor of psychology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, who specializes in media psychology, agrees that attention-seeking behavior is one explanation. However, he also thinks the media is to blame.

“The media propagates it, creates it, feeds it and at a certain point, gets tired of it. The media then digests it and eliminates it. And just as quickly as it started, it’s over.”

In the end, there are many young folks making huge mistakes following this craze. Two 14-year-old girls from Fresno, California were arrested in connection with threatening to shoot up schools in Fresno – all the while making references to clowns. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the threats were serious and deemed to be felonies.

“Their future is ruined because of something this stupid,” he told reporters.

First there were vampires, then aliens, then clowns… what will be next? Furries??
© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Katy Did

imageWho walked up the tree?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who’s grown up to look like a leaf?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who’s turned a beautiful green?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who heard things through her front feet?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who accused a young woman of murder*?

Katy did, Katy did!

 

*There once was a beautiful maiden named Katy who fell in love with a handsome man. She loved him with all of her heart and only wanted to please him. Fate turned against her and the handsome man fell in love with her sister. The pain of seeing them together was too much for her and in a fit of jealous anger she killed them both. No one in town would have ever believed she killed them but the insects turned against her. Telling the towns people Katy did it Katy did it.

Some other Katydid folklore:

  • Katydids sing to bring in cold weather.
  • Three months from the first katydid chirp, there will be frost.
  • The earlier in the summer you hear the katydids, the earlier the first frost will be that fall.
  • The first katydid you hear in July, it’ll frost on the same day of the month in September.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl