Wednesday, November 24, 2010

IGNORANCE IS BLISS



with all due respect.....fuck your holiday.

"White America embraced Thanksgiving because a majority of that population glories in the fruits, if not the unpleasant details, of genocide and slavery and feels, on the whole, good about their heritage: a cornucopia of privilege and national power. Children are taught to identify with the good fortune of the Pilgrims. It does not much matter that the Native American and African holocausts that flowed from the feast at Plymouth are hidden from the children’s version of the story – kids learn soon enough that Indians were made scarce and Africans became enslaved. But they will also never forget the core message of the holiday: that the Pilgrims were good people, who could not have purposely set such evil in motion. Just as the first Thanksgivings marked the consolidation of the English toehold in what became the United States, the core ideological content of the holiday serves to validate all that has since occurred on these shores – a national consecration of the unspeakable, a balm and benediction for the victors, a blessing of the fruits of murder and kidnapping, and an implicit obligation to continue the seamless historical project in the present day."

VIA

george harrison - isnt it a pity (demo)


james brown - sunny


new birth - honey bee


linda clifford - never gonna stop

2 comments:

dj sunshine said...

I don't disagree, but I think most people know/care as much about the message of Thanksgiving as they do about the message of Christmas.

I celebrate family and over-consumption on Thanksgiving.

And I'm pretty sure anyone who goes to college today will get a pretty decent history of American genocide.....it was certainly the subject I studied the most.

Anyway, fuck Thanksgiving.
But thanks for the music.

PGS said...

I can't say I've ever met anybody who invokes the pilgrims on Thanksgiving.

It's unfortunate that many of us have to wait until college to understand the horror that occurred when colonists arrived here (I got some truth in middle school), but I do think it's an overstatement to say that Thanksgiving has a message, let alone a "core message," today in America. Who besides little kids believes this shit about the feast at Plymouth anyway?

As always, thanks for the music.