No Joy in Joy Reid

MSNBC’s Joy Reid Wednesday told viewers on “The Reid Out” that Republicans were using Thanksgiving as a “simplistic fairytale” to cover up for America being founded on “genocide” and “violence.” She went on to imply that Republicans were responsible for the slave trade, the Jim Crow South after the Civil War and the Ku Klux Klan. Reid’s remarks are most offensive, revisionist and false.  She said, “It is a holiday riddled with historical inaccuracies. It is 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 continued, “It’s the truth that Republicans want banned from our textbooks. Because here is the secret they want so desperately to keep, we are a country founded on violence. Our birth was violent. In 1619, a ship with more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Virginia, ushering in two centuries of American slavery that left millions in chains or dead. When those humans in bondage were finally free, a terrorist organization that was a card-carrying member of polite society, The Ku Klux Klan, picked up where the Civil War ended using violence to maintain white supremacy…The Klan is still active, and as Americans, we continue to choose violence. We are a country that chooses violence over and over again. There is no facet of American society that is untouched by it.”

For Ms. Reid’s information, the Native Americans and Pilgrims peacefully joined with each other in community. They hunted together, traded with one another, and defended one another against hostiles of both races. This is documented in Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford, the only written historic account. There wasn’t even a Republican Party until the time of Abraham Lincoln. The slave institution was sustained by Southern Democrats who also organized to disenfranchise black Americans with Jim Crow laws after the Civil War. From 1865 to the late 1960s, these laws oppressed black voting, mandated segregation of public schools, public places, public transportation, housing, restrooms, drinking fountains, and restaurants. Many residuals of these laws still remain. These laws were enforced by the Democrat-dominated Ku Klux Klan.

Instead of bringing people together on Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday celebrating life-giving harvest and the peace of God, Joy Reid offensively and falsely weaponize it with politics. In reality, the party she supports was far more responsible for the horrors of slavery and the terrors of the KKK and Jim Crow laws. She should be ashamed of herself and MSNBC should penalize her for her blatant attempt to stir hate and division. But we know that won’t happen because MSNBC agrees that America is not a great country founded on Christ-centric principles and laws. The bitter politically correct crowd has it wrong.  The first Thanksgiving, as it was then and is today, is a 1 Chronicles 16:34 day, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.” And don’t let the lies of deceivers spoil it.

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Bill Wilson