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  • Kathryn Patterson

Why I Say, "Bah, Humbug" To Traditional Thanksgiving

Do you have a job or a visible means of support? Do you have an education? Do you have any sexually transmitted diseases, or any other communicable diseases? Do you have family in the U.S. to help you out? Are you bringing family with you? If yes, how many?  Who are they?Maybe we can blame our reluctance towards new people on the fate of the original American Indians, since history shows that nothing good happened to them after the Europeans arrived.  After helping the new settlers, more immigrants sailed over and began to kick the Native Americans out of their territory.  We brought over the flu and other diseases that acted as plagues.  We brought over alcohol, and destroyed lives with it.  We wiped out most of the Native Americans, stole their land, and polluted the environment. In general, Thanksgiving marked the rise of the colonists and the downfall of the Native Americans. So what are we celebrating when we eat Thanksgiving dinner?  Are we celebrating the success of the colonists to serve in the New World?  Even though those same colonists contributed to the virtual genocide of a native people? Sorry, but I must say "Bah, humbug" to that Thanksgiving. But I still have a Thanksgiving dinner.  What I celebrate is the ability of humans to share, to learn together, and to be kind to one another.  I celebrate the times when we rise above ourselves to help each other, to put another person ahead of ourselves and do what is right - to become the people that we want to be, if only for a moment.

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