Grappling with Colonialism at Thanksgiving

Worth reading and raising awareness about colonialism. Remains so true in land ownership and the ownership of history Just think about how Ukrainians have been devastated by Russian imperialism, especially today when we commemorate genocide by starvation.

Mark All My Words

Thanksgiving used to be one of my favorite holidays. The reasons for this are numerous and obvious: there’s good food in abundance, there’s time to laugh and visit with family, there are exceptional movies being released in anticipation of awards season, and there’s pecan pie. Needless to say, any holiday with pecan pie has a special place in my heart. In addition I’m an avid aficionado of history and I love the Baroque era, during which the first recognized celebration of Thanksgiving took place at Plymouth Colony. I even recorded this version of Le Festin (The Feast) by Jean Hotteterre because I appreciate any opportunity to commemorate food-related events of the far-flung past, especially when they coincide with my interest in the Baroque.

But all of that belies the fact that Thanksgiving is also a celebration of genocide, which took place hundreds of years ago and which is still taking…

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