Surprisingly Ann Coulter (via Twitter once again, of course) gave me more food for thought. The outspoken conservative author posted a controversial tweet about Thanksgiving. The tweet can be found below.
Ann’s comparison of the holocaust to thanksgiving made me wonder, have I ever thought about the meaning behind the holidays? When it comes down to it. I haven’t. The most critical thinking I do during this time is think about what to put on my wish list so Santa Mom can come down and give me things. Holidays within the United States are not really talked about critically outside of liberal students circles. Coulter’s comparison to the holocaust may seem extreme but is it really? In regard to Thanksgiving we just kill a bunch of things and eat them in order for us to celebrate how we survived in this country. This mass killing culture seen within the holidays seems to be encouraged from youth, with many holidays specials promoting eating meat. As seen in the scene below, the Grinch cuts roast.
Even on our own campus I noticed that this holiday “meat fever” which swept Oxy. It even was promoted on the Occidental College Facebook page.
The caption read: “Hungry yet? Campus Dining has been hard at work preparing more than 60 free-range turkeys for tomorrow’s Local and Organic Thanksgiving Feast.”
This is only one problem I see with the holidays. Other days like Columbus day make me wonder. Why is it that we celebrate a man who essentially came into the United States, decimated an entire population of people and set those up who did survive for a life filled with oppression. This holiday not only does not make sense, but it just seems to be an excuse to have a day off. Also the alignment of Christmas with winter breaks across the nation seems questionable. Not only does it cater to those of a certain religious identity, but they tend to exclude other holidays which other religions may be celebrating. This trend however isn’t new since most public school breaks just happen to fall around Christian holidays.
As we enter this holiday season, I just ask you to let what Ann said sink into your head a bit. Even if you don’t agree with it, begin to think about if you truly agree with what your celebrating.