MSNBC has yet to find a beloved institution or tradition of the United States that they can’t tear down, so it wasn’t all that surprising to see AM Joy guest host Jason Johnson take a little time on Saturday to trash Thanksgiving. In an effort to somehow make it easier for Americans to forgo the traditional big family dinner in light of the coronavirus, Johnson and his guests devoted a segment to vilifying American colonialists, smearing the early settlers, and accusing the first Americans of resorting to cannibalism.
“As coronavirus surges out of control in nearly every single corner of the country. It looks like spaghetti has been spread all over the US map. This morning the number of cases in the US has topped 12 million. The CDC is pleading with people to not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday,” Johnson said. “But, 40% plan of Americans plan to attend a Thanksgiving dinner with ten people or more, potentially creating super-spreader events all over the country. So with just days to go before America’s favorite holiday, I’m urging you not to be the turkey who puts your loved ones at risk.”
Johnson turned to his guest, Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker, to begin tearing away at one of this country’s most treasured holidays.
“Jelani, I want to point this out. Thanksgiving has evolved in America, just like Christmas, right? At one point, Christmas was a time for rich people to open up their houses for people to come in and get stuff,” he said. “Thanksgiving has changed over time as well. I know in my family, I know several people who call it ‘Colonizer Christmas,’ because they don’t really like the idea of what Thanksgiving represents.
“From a cultural and a historic standpoint, is it really that much a disruption that we should maybe back off of Thanksgiving this year?” he asked. “Haven’t we had other times where major holidays had to change because the nation was facing crisis?”
“Sure,” replied Cobb. “Or even think about it: that original Thanksgiving, you know, where the colony was starving, and, you know, anthropological research suggests was in such dire conditions they had to resort to cannibalism to remain alive.
“And you know, it always has been kind of awkward to say that you commemorate that by stuffing yourself with as much food as you can find,” she continued. “And maybe, perhaps, people have to actually think about a small sacrifice that would be fitting, in keeping with this day.”
We’re pretty sure the nation would be better off making the “sacrifice” of turning off MSNBC…permanently.