The usual dissenters come out of the woodwork every October to disparage Columbus and November to attack Thanksgiving. Here’s one from last year:
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is being called “a racist piece of trash” and a “white supremacist” after defending the legacy of the Mayflower Compact and criticizing an article in the New York Times that called the story of the Pilgrims a “myth” and re-examined the “cruel history” of Thanksgiving.
The latest example is that thanksgiving that was practiced in the early years of America’s founding was all about “racist genocide.” There was no such intent or action in the Plymouth colony. Smallpox indeed decimated many native peoples since there was no acquired immunity. There was no known cure. Europe had suffered many years from outbreaks of smallpox. It was inevitable that Europeans and others would make their way to the New World, and they would have brought smallpox and other communicable diseases with them. Smallpox had killed millions from every stratum of society. Between 1702 and 1703, nearly a quarter of the population of Quebec city in Canada died during a smallpox epidemic: