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Senator Ted Cruz blasted MSNBC over the weekend after airing an essay on the “real story” of Thanksgiving which claimed the National Day was a day of “genocide and violence.”
“.@msnbc company message: Thanksgiving sucks, “the Texas Republican tweeted.” Come on for the lies; stay for anti-American hatred. “
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Cruz was responding to a segment on MSNBC accusing whites of failing to accurately tell the Thanksgiving story and accusing the Pilgrims of the “white supremacy” that affects the nation today.
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“‘Instead of bringing pranks and cookies, these settlers brought genocide and violence,’ Gyasi Ross says of the American Thanksgiving story,” MSNBC wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “This genocide and this violence are still on the menu.”
Gyasi Ross, who is Native American, explains in the segment that white people have created an inaccurate image of Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving mythology closely mirrors the mythology of America,” Ross says in the clip saying the idea of ”equal exchange” between Native Americans and settlers at Thanksgiving is how America “wants to see itself. “.
“The truth, of course, of Thanksgiving is much different,” Ross continues. “The truth is, the Pilgrims didn’t bring turkey, sweet potato pie or cranberries on Thanksgiving. They couldn’t. They were broke. They were broken. Their hands were outstretched. They were begging. They didn’t. have brought nothing of value. “
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Ross says the pilgrims were fed by Native Americans although they didn’t bring anything to the table, so he understands why white Americans are grateful, but he’s still “trying to figure out” what the native people “received. valuable”.
Ross then spoke out against the ‘state sponsored’ violence in today’s society stemming from pilgrims and denounced ‘white supremacy’ as photos of Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and Trayvon Martin floated across. the screen.
“Return the earth,” Ross said. “Match the mythology. Then and only then can we all be equally grateful.”