November 22, 2018
There are many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and among them is the thought that chip-on-her-shoulder Harper’s Bazaar writer Rachel Elizabeth Cargle will not be sitting at your Thanksgiving table (unless you are at that one very unfortunate table where she will be sitting).
Why? Because Cargle has come up with a bunch of ways to destroy the Thanksgiving mood by going annoyingly political as you can read in her November 19 article, “How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving.”
Cargle kicks things off by dispensing advice from a famous American Communist:
After a year of relentless atrocities that don’t always make for easy conversation at the dinner table, it’s important to make Thanksgiving preparations beyond the tablescape and the menu. This year, I want you to prepare for something a little more nuanced than stuffing or cranberry sauce: I want you to prepare to rock the family boat, with important discussions that stretch beyond the surface of “How’s the weather?” and “Who are you dating these days?” So, I’m coming to you with a guide that should push you beyond apathy, and instead, teach you how to be a part of the solution. As Angela Davis reminds us, it is not enough to not be racist. You have to be anti-racist, and if you are not actively being part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. So here is some language to help you navigate Thanksgiving day dinner.
Right. Because at Thanksgiving dinner one always wants to take advice from a Communist such as Angela Davis. Oh, and as Karl Marx reminds us, “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property,” so I’m sure you won’t mind me taking that turkey wing from your plate, Elizabeth.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 7:57 am