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    • November 21, 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the day the Mayflower arrived at what we now know as Plymouth, Massachusetts
    • The event is arguably the most important date in American history, marking the day the first Pilgrims came onto America’s shores to establish the 13 Colonies
    • Celebrations commemorating the event were postponed or canceled earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic
    • But the historic day has come with little fanfare elsewhere
    • Republican Senator Tom Cotton slammed the lack of awareness or celebrations 

    Like nearly every holiday or commemorative event in 2020, celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the historic Mayflower voyage were canceled or postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

    The nation this month was set to mark the anniversary of arguably one of the most important dates in American history, the day the first pilgrims arrived from England to what we now know as Plymouth, Massachusetts on November 21, 1620. 

    Dozens of events had been planned by Plymouth 400, Inc, a nonprofit in charge of organizing celebratory programs, before being pushed back to 2021 earlier this year.

    The renovation and subsequent trans-Atlantic voyage of the Mayflower II, a replica of the 17th century ship, has been also delayed until next year. 

    Yet, the anniversary of what many would argue marked the founding of the nation, has come with little fanfare elsewhere, during a year marred not only by a pandemic but by nationwide unrest over systemic racism. 

    November 21, 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the day the Mayflower arrived at what we now know as Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Pictured: The Mayflower II) 

    Dozens of events had been planned to commemorate the event but were canceled or pushed back to 2021 due to the pandemic

    Dozens of events had been planned to commemorate the event but were canceled or pushed back to 2021 due to the pandemic 

    The traditional narrative depicting Pilgrims as rugged pioneers and adventurers have been rejected by critics who believe they were colonizers who took part in a slow-motion genocide of Native Americans

    The traditional narrative depicting Pilgrims as rugged pioneers and adventurers have been rejected by critics who believe they were colonizers who took part in a slow-motion genocide of Native Americans

    America’s reckoning on race has reignited a national conversation about social injustice as well as the country’s problematic history of slavery and imperialism.  

    The longstanding narrative of how the pilgrims came to establish the original 13 Colonies and their conquest of the land’s native people has been reexamined and debunked in recent years. 

    Most American children grew up with the feel-good story of the Pilgrims: How Native Americans extended the hand of friendship to the English settlers, helping them survive their first winter on these shores, and later joining them for the first Thanksgiving feast – but there is a darker side to that tale. 

    Critics have dismissed the portrayal of pilgrims as rugged pioneers and adventurers and instead believe they were colonizers who took part in a slow-motion genocide of Native Americans. 

    The counter-narrative is perhaps most prominently promoted in The New York Times’ 1619 Project, launched by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones in 2019, which ‘aims to re-frame the country’s history by placing the consequences of and the contributions of black Americans at the very center’. 

    The title refers to the year the first ship arrived on American soil carrying the first enslaved Africans.  

    The story of how the Pilgrims came to establish the original 13 Colonies and their conquest of the land's native people has been reexamined in recent years.

    The story of how the Pilgrims came to establish the original 13 Colonies and their conquest of the land’s native people has been reexamined in recent years.

    Four centuries after white Europeans stepped off the Mayflower some descendants of the colonists are wrestling with the complicated legacy of their ancestors amid a racial reckoning

    Four centuries after white Europeans stepped off the Mayflower some descendants of the colonists are wrestling with the complicated legacy of their ancestors amid a racial reckoning

    The project has been heavily criticized by many conservatives including President Trump who earlier this year announced plans to launch a counter-initiative dubbed the ‘1776 Commission’. 

    Fellow Republican Senator Tom Cotton last week highlighted the lack of attention surrounding the Mayflower anniversary event which he blamed on leftists who he says are trying to rewrite history. 

    ‘Regrettably, we haven’t heard much about this year’s anniversary because the Pilgrims have fallen out of fashion in elite circles,’ Cotton said in a speech on the Senate floor.

    He then took aim at the New York Times and the 1619 Project over a recent article challenging the traditional story of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. 

    ‘Just today for instance The New York Times called the [Pilgrims’] story a myth and a caricature. In the Food Section, no less,’ he said.

    ‘Maybe the politically correct editors of the debunked 1619 Project are now responsible for pumpkin pie recipes at the Times as well.

    Republican Senator Tom Cotton last week blamed the lack of attention surrounding the Mayflower anniversary event on leftists who he says are trying to rewrite history

    Republican Senator Tom Cotton last week blamed the lack of attention surrounding the Mayflower anniversary event on leftists who he says are trying to rewrite history

    Rep Ilhan Omar was among the Democrats who accused him of perpetuating an elementary school narrative that does not exist

    Rep Ilhan Omar was among the Democrats who accused him of perpetuating an elementary school narrative that does not exist

    He went on to attack them as ‘revisionist charlatans of the radical left’ who have claimed the previous year as America’s true founding. 

    Cotton reiterated his attack on Saturday in an essay published by Fox News.

    ‘In place of these so-called ‘myths,’ the liberal newspaper seeks to substitute its own, claiming the history of our nation is an unbroken tale of conflict, oppression and misery. 

    ‘But that’s a lie about our country and its founders. No matter what the revisionist historians at the Times cook up, the truth about the Pilgrims is more remarkable than any story or holiday special. 

    ‘The story of the Pilgrims is not a myth or a caricature — it’s the living truth of history. What’s more, the faith, bravery and wisdom of the Pilgrims places them in the American pantheon. Alongside the patriots of 1776, the Pilgrims of 1620 deserve the honor of America’s founders,’ he said. 

    Cotton’s speech drew criticism by Democrats who accused him of perpetuating an elementary school narrative that does not exist.  

    ‘When your sense of history doesn’t go beyond your 3rd grade coloring books and actual history terrifies you,’ Rep Ilhan Omar said on Twitter, in response to his speech.

    ‘I see Tom Cotton and I had the same third grade teacher. Somehow, between then and HARVARD, he managed to never get the rest of the story,’ journalist Stephen Holder tweeted.  

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