The ironically-named Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis voted to support the decision to remove their “First Thanksgiving” embroidery that has been displayed in the churhch since 1974.
As the Christian Post explained, the church explained that Thanksgiving banner was removed because of a “commitment to racial justice and our desire to be inclusive of all people’s history.”
The Plymouth Church said, “We may differ on how that can be done, but the shared commitment has been visible at Plymouth from the beginning. That vote is not the conclusion of our work but the continuation of work started at the inception of this church. Every generation is responsible for how this gets carried out.”
The Star Tribune reported that the banner had a picture of Pilgrims and Native Americans eating together around the table. Reportedly, the church sees this as historically inaccurate and insensitive to Native American history.
The senior lady “pastor,” Paula Northwood, said, “We made a commitment at our church a couple of years ago to really look at racial justice issues. We could see, OK, our white privilege has kept us from experiencing these images in a way a person of color would. For many of us, it took the blinders off.”
Reportedly, the decision was actually divisive in the congregation because the Thanksgiving decoration was stiched by hand through hundreds of hours by women in the church and it was their artistic expression that is being repressed.
Ironically, the feminists in the church were opposed to the Critical Race Theorists on this issue, and it became a battle of Intersectionality.
One woman, who helped stitch the embroidery decades ago, spoke of the church’s new ‘woke desire to replace it with something more politically correct.
She responded, “To which I say: Go for it, honey. Find 40 people who are willing to put in 100 hours each for the next seven years. And in the meantime, while you’re working on your modern thing, let’s keep the old one. I’d be OK with that.”
The embroidered decoration is controversial because it shows Caucasians and Indigenous peoples eating together in racial harmony.