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‘The Pilgrims Were Illegal Aliens’?!? Your Tax Dollars Are Paying to Spread This Malarkey (VIDEO)

by Jenny Erikson on February 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a mandatory ‘sensitivity training’ in the summer of 2011 for its employees. OK, no harm, no foul so far. We do need to be sensitive to one another, and if you’re going to work for the government, and therefore represent the government, there should be some training involved for sensitive issues.

However, this training session had nothing to do with sensitivity, unless by sensitivity, you mean insulting the pilgrims. Video was finally released this week of the so-called “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program, and the footage is ... well, let’s just say it’s disconcerting at best.

The head of the USDA, Tom Vilsack, sent a memo to all department employees describing the training as part of a “new era of civil rights.” It was led by self-proclaimed “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances on USDA premises. In 2011 and 2012, the federal government paid Betances and his firm nearly $200,000 for taking part in the “cultural transformation” program.

So what was this great cultural training for sensitivity all about and what does it have to do with the pilgrims? Betances asked the participants (remember attendance was mandatory for all USDA employees) to chant, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens.”

So that happened. Our government spent $200,000 of taxpayer money to compare people that break the law by entering our country illegally to the brave pioneers that risked everything to come to a new world for religious freedom, democracy, and prosperity.

Look, we can have a real discussion about the big old mess that is our current system of immigration. Fact of the matter is that we do need reform -- big time. But spewing nonsense about how the pilgrims were illegal aliens because they “never gave their passports to the Indians” is ridiculous.

In fact, you could even argue that that phrase itself was culturally insensitive. They were Native Americans, not Indians. Indians come from India. Get your cultures right, USDA.

Do you think this cultural sensitivity training was insensitive?


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  • Mrscj...
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    Mrscjones

    February 20, 2013 at 5:21 PM
    If you think about it they were illegal immigrants they can to this country, took it over, and declared it their own. They proceeded to do the same thing they left their original country.
  • LeeshaE
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    LeeshaE

    February 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    How can you say that pilgrims are different from illigal aliens because they were "brave pioneers that risked everything to come to a new world for religious freedom, democracy, and prosperity." Really because I am pretty sure that's exactly what many illegal aliens are doing, they risk their lives for those same reasons but because what the pilgrims were middle class white guys and the native americans were brown it was completely okay to massacre their people and steel their land. I think we're are pretty damn lucky illegal immigants aren't like pilgrims in that aspect, in fact one might even call them better human beings for that.


  • Lisa
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    Lisa

    February 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM
    You're right, you cant compare current illegal aliens to the Pilgrims. The pilgrims raped, murdered, and stole from the people they found here. Many illegal aliens dont. They come here for any type of opportunity, working the jobs that no one here wants for less than minimum wage.
  • Meg...
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    Meg LeRoy Schlagenhauf

    February 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    You know, for once I actually agree with you.  The pilgrims weren't illegal aliens.  They were WORSE.  At least illegal immigrants today aren't forcing us off our land, rounding us up and forcefully marching us to small patches of land with no resources, then completely obliterating our culture and religious traditions by forcing us to attend their schools, learn their language, and worship their god.  Because THAT'S what the pilgrims did.  In addition to spreading disease, raping plenty of women and children ("of age" was when a girl reached puberty) and pillaging their camps. 


  • Meg...
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    Meg LeRoy Schlagenhauf

    February 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    You know, for once I actually agree with you.  The pilgrims weren't illegal aliens.  They were WORSE.  At least illegal immigrants today aren't forcing us off our land, rounding us up and forcefully marching us to small patches of land with no resources, then completely obliterating our culture and religious traditions by forcing us to attend their schools, learn their language, and worship their god.  Because THAT'S what the pilgrims did.  In addition to spreading disease, raping plenty of women and children ("of age" was when a girl reached puberty) and pillaging their camps.


  • mande...
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    manderspanders

    February 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    The fact of the matter is that they weren't illegal aliens because there was no established government and no borders; no laws to govern anyone who happened to be here.

    Illegal immigrants are illegal because this is now an established country, with a well defined government, laws, and boundaries. 

    For those who support illegal immigrants, I'm sure you haven't read about the illegals who kill police officers, who rape citizens, who deal drugs... our county jail is over capacity and half of it is illegals! And this is in Kansas!  Don't act like they are so innocent.


  • belon...
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    belongs2Jesus

    February 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    this country was not even established yet. So no one was really illegal at that time. Today we are an established nation. That is the differance


  • belon...
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    belongs2Jesus

    February 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    oh and plus the pilgrims did not ask the Natives to support them they learned from them so the pilgrims could take care of themselves. now a day those coming into the nation are yelling support me 


  • tinyk...
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    tinykitty

    February 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM
    So it was okay for the "established government" to pass out small pox blankets to the native population that objected to a foreign entity that established a government? Do you also think the Trail of Tears was a nature walk?
  • mande...
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    manderspanders

    February 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    @tinykitty:

    what kind of hole do you people crawl out of?   In case you hadn't noticed, most governments in the history, of, oh, FOREVER, have done some blatantly horrid and terrible things - not only to their own people, but to others as well.  It is called history and we could all learn a lesson.

    But the fact remains that the US has an established government, and pilgrams and illegals cannot be compared because of that fact.


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