Thanksgiving . . .

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?

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