Wednesday, November 23, 2005

He’ll be fasting on November 24, 2005
No Thanks to Thanksgiving

By Robert Jensen

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting…

Not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits -- which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States…

As Americans sit down on Thanksgiving Day to gorge themselves on the bounty of empire, many will worry about the expansive effects of overeating on their waistlines. We would be better to think about the constricting effects of the day's mythology on our minds.
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln


Blogger Walter E. Wallis said...

European obtained land here in the standard practices of the day, the same ways the aboriginees did.

11/23/2005 9:05 PM  

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