Happy National Day of Mourning

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It's funny how people look at it so differently.

The majority of the males I know celebrate a great day to watch football all day while drinking beer and being served by their womenfolk.

My mom celebrates having the family together and preparing to spend a lot of time amongst huge crowds of frantic people trying to get the best deal on Black Friday morning.

My religious zealot sister is celebrating how the forefathers escaped religious persecution and were now free to worship their god.

My other sister likes to take this day and use it as a time to continue being in control.

My dad...see above about males.

I think I would rather not even have the day off. A Thursday?? My office doesn't close on Friday, so I have to work the next day anyway.

Turkey? I don't even like turkey. And though it's been SIX years since I've eaten any meat other than chicken, I still get asked "oh, you don't eat turkey?" at least 13 times throughout the day. I end up overloading on the side dishes: potatoes, yams, corn, bread. A high calorie, stressful day.

And what are we celebrating really? The slaughter of the Indians? The harvesting of the land we stole from them? Religious freedom that no longer exists? (oh--we have freedom---unless you're Muslim, or maybe Jewish, or Wiccan, etc). I find this interesting:

The historical event we know today as the "First Thanksgiving" was a harvest festival held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors and allies. It has acquired significance beyond the bare historical facts. Thanksgiving has become a much broader symbol of the entirety of the American experience. Many find this a cause for rejoicing. The dissenting view of Native Americans, who have suffered the theft of their lands and the destruction of their traditional way of life at the hands of the American nation, is equally valid.

To some, the "First Thanksgiving" presents a distorted picture of the history of relations between the European colonists and their descendants and the Native People. The total emphasis is placed on the respect that existed between the Wampanoags led by the sachem Massasoit and the first generation of Pilgrims in Plymouth, while the long history of subsequent violence and discrimination suffered by Native People across America is nowhere represented.


More on that: I found this great site that gives a perspective that we don't often hear about thanksgiving. I don't like to link to angelfire sites -too many pop ups and if you're using Internet Explorer, you'll have to deal with them for not downloading the best browser ever -FireFox (which you can easily d/l from the link on the right!!). Very good facts about the history of thanksgiving, which I am no longer going to capitalize. Our nation disappoints me sometimes.

Happy Day of Mourning/thanksgiving/Preamble to Black Friday/Celebration of a God-Fearing Nation (but only certain gods)!

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