Thursday, November 28, 2019

Things I've said about Thanksgiving and Columbus Day

Happy Thanksgiving! It's the holiday when Americans with awful families and Americans with no families envy each other. Eat something good and do something you like, and dear God, be kind.

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Happy Tryptophan Day! Today I am thankful for Addams Family Values.

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Why it's right to celebrate Thanksgiving and change the name of Columbus Day

Columbus's legend ignores the fact that the Americas were discovered at least 12,000 years ago, and Columbus's history as a conqueror and slaver is nothing to celebrate. The name of that holiday should be changed.

There's nothing shameful about the first Thanksgiving—the shameful treatment of the original Americans came later. The legend exaggerates what was good about that first Thanksgiving and glosses over the troublesome parts, but that's just what legends do. There are good reasons to celebrate the best we've done. It inspires us to do more that's good.

So have a great Thanksgiving! Emma and I plan to.

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"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. " —Jon Stewart

This is the day Americans celebrate the Wampanoags saving their ass. If you want to imagine what was lost, read 1491.

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In honor of Thanksgiving, for the next two days, I will only share things that make me thankful.

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