Good Morning ya’ll.
I would say “happy Thanksgiving”, but the truth of the matter is, and in the words of Jay-Z, “Thanksgiving [is] disguised as a feast” (No Church in the Wild). The reality of the origin of the USA’s most quintessential federal holidays doesn’t have such a humble beginning.
I’m not here to ruin anyone’s holiday, but I’m also not out to disrespect the truth. If you’d like to learn more about the real story of Thanksgiving click here. The synopsis is that European settlers were much worse to Native American tribes upon their arrival to North America than the history books allude to.
The thing is, we do not need the poisonous “pilgrims and Indians” narrative. We do not need that illusion of past unity to actually unite people today. Instead, we can focus simply on values that apply to everybody: togetherness, generosity and gratitude. And we can make the day about what everybody wants to talk and think about anyway: the food...
People may not realize it, but what every person in this country shares, and the very history of this nation, has been in front of us the whole time. Most of our Thanksgiving recipes are made with indigenous foods: turkey, corn, beans, pumpkins, maple, wild rice and the like. We should embrace this...
No matter where you are in North America, you are on indigenous land. And so on this holiday, and any day really, I urge people to explore a deeper connection to what are called “American” foods by understanding true Native-American histories, and begin using what grows naturally around us, and to support Native-American growers. There is no need to make Thanksgiving about a false past. It is so much better when it celebrates the beauty of the present.
Sean Sherman, The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I Found a Better Way to Celebrate The Holiday.
Despite the controversial beginnings, Thanksgiving day is the third Thursday off November & is recognized as a federal holiday, meaning it’s a public holiday established by the federal government in which non-essential federal government offices, public schools, banks, post offices & other places are closed for the day. Basically, it’s intended to be federally established family time. While many people will still work on Thanksgiving, more will not & students will have off. So, we can use that time to spend with family, educate ourselves & eat.
Today, regardless of your thoughts on Thanksgiving, I challenge you to two things: 1. Give thanks whenever however you can & 2. Eat as much as you can. Furthermore, I challenge you to bring that thankful mindset with you through the new year, whichever one you go by, and all the years after that.
Not to be cliche, but life really is short.
We are alive for a moment — one second in the great abyss of time… Will we find out that everything we know exists inside of a fraction of a fraction -Story of the Year (Wake Up)
I’ll keep this brief, so y’all can get back to it:
Happy Giving Thanks Day
I am thankful for…
Joe, my boyfriend, my best friend & my partner in crime;
Gary, my cat, cutie & snuggle bug;
family, that I have in general, but even when they bother me;
friends, that near or far I know keep me close to their hearts;
followers, for providing the ultimate support in this blog;
my health, it isn’t the best, but it could be far worse;
my fortune, it’s mine & I earned it as small as it may be… for now;
my education, for achieving my B.A. was my proudest accomplishment; and
my future, which seems hazy, but well lit.
In the words of Kendrick Lamar, “sit down, be humble” (source).