College Students Deride Thanksgiving: ‘Genocide Of Indigenous People’

Some college students at Macalester College say it’s not okay to celebrate Thanksgiving.

I think that Thanksgiving has been misconstrued a lot, especially in textbooks. It’s kind of just based off of the genocide of indigenous people and I don’t really think that we actually give thanks on Thanksgiving, we just eat a bunch of food and it’s just a bunch of capitalist bull****.


Some college students at Macalester College, a small college in St. Paul, Minnesota, seem to have genuine hostility to Thanksgiving, with some spouting that it’s “based off of the genocide of indigenous people,” a “bunch of capitalist bull****,” or an “unethical holiday.”

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As Kyle Hooten reports for The College Fix, The College Fix visited the college to ask students their feelings about Thanksgiving and whether people should celebrate it. Hooten writes, “Most of the students said no, and several gave a qualified yes, that being it’s okay to celebrate Thanksgiving as long as one keeps in mind the oppression it represents or that it’s more about spending time with family than honoring the past. For those who said no, they mainly focused on themes such as oppression and colonization.” More

Various comments made by the Macalester College students:
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Leaning towards no; I feel with the historical context, kind of the really awful oppression of indigenous people, like the holiday is really praised, by, I think, by people on the conservative side of things, to like, uphold that side of tradition.

Well, I mean, the entire thing is sort of based off indigenous people, the murder of indigenous people …

The public school education tells you that Thanksgiving was this great meeting where the native Americans showed the Pilgrims how to grow corn; obviously that’s not true … but what really happened on Thanksgiving I have no idea.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what you are thankful for. If you want to make that negative because you despise America, then do it, but don’t expect normal people who are not completely miserable to go along with you. When these kids grow up they should rewatch this video.

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