Today is Thanksgiving Day which is intended to recognize the gimmicky faulty history of Native Americans and Pilgrims coming together in Thanksgiving. They say that history is written by the victors and in almost every way, the Thanksgiving Day fantasy is an example of this. The other fantasy created by nativists is that immigrants are damaging the United States.
What that notion completely ignores, and very likely intentionally, is that today’s Thanksgiving Day celebrations would not be the same were it not for the immigrants that some celebrants dehumanize. The fact is that over 70% of the groceries that Thanksgiving celebrants are enjoying today were harvested by foreign-born workers, most of whom are Mexican.
The most poignant fact is that almost half of the agricultural workers in the United States are undocumented. These workers, much stigmatized across the US, are the reason that many in the country can enjoy the bounty they have on their tables today.
My message to the Donald Trump voters and nativists is that as you enjoy your meals today, take a moment to thank an immigrant for the meal. Take a moment to realize that immigrants are vital to the United States’ way of life.
Most importantly, remember that the green bean casserole or apple pie was made possible by a human being who works hard to be able to provide for their own families, even if it means hiding in the shadows or working for meager wages. Remember they are human and not the fear-induced imagery that nativists would have you believe.
Oh, here’s a special Thanksgiving 2016 edition RumpToons for your enjoyment: