Yesterday I talked about racialism. It’s a theme I’ll probably visit frequently as I think it’s an issue conservatives don’t think about and liberal/progressive blacks think too much about.
Thanksgiving has traditionally been a holiday of peace and transformation. Peace in that it’s a time of giving from those with abundance (no matter how large the abundance is) that is shared with those who have less. It’s also a perfect segue into the Christmas season of gift giving.
For the racialist, Thanksgiving has become a holiday in which to demonize the European white man for stealing the land from Native Americans (the Indians), giving them diseases, committing genocide, and more. Statements like “I WILL NEVER EVER CELEBRATE THE DAY KNOWN AS THANKSGIVING” and “Happy Bird day to all my fb fam! Can't bring myself to say Happy Thanksgiving because I will not celebrate the atrocities that happened to the Indians” seem so trite when uttered by racialists. It’s sad to think that one’s unbalanced view of life stops them from enjoying a celebration.
Healing occurs when one forgives and eventually forgets. Now this doesn’t mean there are not consequences to one’s actions, but to continually drag up the past with no hope of reconciliation is a waste of energy and deterrent to any future unity. Without some semblance of unity, issues will not be addressed and corrected only demogogued and used as a wedge between people.
Maybe what we celebrate on the fourth Thursday in November is a romanticized version of Thanksgiving. But is this really a bad thing? I don’t think so. It’s still a time of sharing excess with those who have less. If we can persuade retailers back off, it is still time of fellowship with friends and family. For many it’s a paid holiday off from work (haven’t heard anyone complain about that). And for many of us it’s a timely reminder to give thanks to God for what we do have.
It’s a good holiday and one that should be celebrated by the romantic goal of a country coming together, breaking down barriers while we break bread together and renewing the hope of a healed nation.