I’ll be celebrating accomplishments and friendships, forgetting worries, and, while I’m at it, drinking ales today—because, hey, I have the day off—but rest assured that it will not be in honor of the Pilgrim myth. Here’s Bob Jensen’s great summary of why we shouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, called, appropriately, Why We Shouldn’t Celebrate Thanksgiving.
While risking reductio ad Hitlerum:
Imagine that Germany won World War II and that a Nazi regime endured for some decades, eventually giving way to a more liberal state with a softer version of German-supremacist ideology. Imagine that a century later, Germans celebrated a holiday offering a whitewashed version of German/Jewish history that ignored that holocaust and the deep anti-Semitism of the culture. Imagine that the holiday provided a welcomed time for families and friends to gather and enjoy food and conversation. Imagine that businesses, schools and government offices closed on this day.
What would we say about such a holiday? Would we not question the distortions woven into such a celebration? Would we not demand a more accurate historical account? Would we not, in fact, denounce such a holiday as grotesque?