Joy Reid Attacks Thanksgiving, Gets Slammed

Cooked turkey in roasting pan with meat thermometer during the preparation of a traditional American Thanksgiving holiday meal, San Ramon, California, November 23, 2019. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “For millions of Americans it’s a cherished tradition. And as Americans we certainly value those traditions,” Reid said of Thanksgiving.
  • “But it’s also important to unpack the myth of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday riddled with inaccuracies, built on this myth that the indigenous welcomed their colonizers with open arms and ears of corn; a simplistic fairytale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed,” she added.
  • Reid then accused Republicans of conspiratorially erasing American violence.

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