TIME Magazine has assembled a wide variety of opinions from newsmakers expressing what they are thankful for this holiday season. Among the many figures who expressed their thanks in the pages of TIME was Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, who said that she is thankful for people who, like her, ask “probing” and even “dangerous” questions of authority figures.
“I’m usually hesitant to celebrate Thanksgiving Day,” Manning wrote in a dispatch from prison where she is serving 35 years for revealing American national security secrets to Wikileaks. “After all, the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony systematically terrorized and slaughtered the very same Pequot tribe that assisted the first English refugees to arrive at Plymouth Rock.”
So, perhaps ironically, I’m thankful that I know that, and I’m also thankful that there are people who seek out, and usually find, such truths. I’m thankful for people who, even surrounded by millions of Americans eating turkey during regularly scheduled commercial breaks in the Green Bay and Detroit football game; who, despite having been taught, often as early as five and six years old, that the “helpful natives” selflessly assisted the “poor helpless Pilgrims” and lived happily ever after, dare to ask probing, even dangerous, questions.
Manning went on to express thanks for the “social and human justice pioneers” who “lead through action, and by example, as opposed to directing or commanding other people to take action.”
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