I’ve been around the political block a time or two, and I thought that by now I had encountered pretty much all the truly surprising ideas out there. Silly me.
I learned the other night that our celebration of Thanksgiving Day is profoundly offensive to racial and ethnic minorities here in our very own country, and that there is a deep, deep desire to abolish the holiday. Yes, that’s right. That celebration of thanks for surviving a devastating period of time; the recognition of humility before the Lord of creation; the gratefulness for generosity shown us by Native Americans; the hope of friendship with a different people. What devilish things these are.
Have you heard of this? And what part of this engenders such antipathy? I know there are those fringe elements who still can’t get over the fact that the United States exists (and the Irish are supposed to be the champion grudge-holders?). Is it that? Or is there something else at work here?