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By Stony Brook Independent Editors
Ah. Thanksgiving. Society’s portrayal through media makes us think of food, family and fun. For a lot of people, however, this is not the reality of Thanksgiving.
For me, Thanksgiving represents passive aggressivity of a problematic white family where my side is always made to feel lesser. My mom, dad, brother and I spend it with my mom’s side of the family. My grandma serves the same perogies frozen from Easter and overcooked turkey. I usually wind up eating dinner rolls, but for the past few years, I’ve started cooking my own dishes of food I like. I stopped going the past two years. My family’s microaggressive and racist regressive comments are rooted in ignorance. My uncle once said the same line from my 10th grade assembly, “Marijuana is a gateway drug.” Science says no. Rationality says no. Besides the fact that America ignores that Thanksgiving represents mass genocide and is a day of mourning for indigenous people that have suffered continuously from white folks, I skip Thanksgiving excitement and think ahead to the holiday season, which represents giving to me.
-Jen Cooper, Executive Editor
Thanksgiving can mean many things to different people. But for me, I don’t see anything special about it. Yes, it’s great for families to come together and have an excuse to over-eat. But for me, it’s like any other day. It’s a celebration over a dark history. They teach us in school that the colonizers and the Native Americans got along and shared a meal together. But in fact, it was the destruction of the Native American’s peaceful lives before the Pilgrims came. So whether or not you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, is completely up to you, but I will just treat it as any ordinary day.
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-Diamond Bridges, Managing Editor
Thanksgiving is a culturally insensitive holiday. It’s a time when families come together on the pretense of being “thankful” while completely misinterpreting and blatantly ignoring the origins steeped in mass genocide and white superiority. Aside from that, it’s also a time when the everyone is reminded exactly why they don’t speak to that relative the entire rest of the year. And with the results of elections conveniently located just weeks prior, politics is constantly a sure-fire topic everyone claims to hate, and yet never not discussed because we can’t help ourselves in our need to pick fights and prove our moral superiority over our loved ones. Really, with spending quality family time forever tainted by the fear of hating everyone involved, and the very root of the holiday racist by definition, that only leaves the food. And as someone who could take turkey or leave it, and refuses to eat many vegetables on principle, it’s not a particularly decent selling point. Which leaves Thanksgiving to be a transitional holiday where I focus on readying myself for the winter holidays: meaning Christmas which I choose to acknowledge as the uber-capitalist materialistic disaster it is rather than the religious origin we’ve mostly forgotten about.
-McKenzi Thi Murphy, Blogs Editor
Having traveled all over the world before I planted my footprint on American soil, I have always embraced the different cultures that came my way and have enjoyed them tremendously. My first real thanksgiving was spent in Chicago at my cousin’s place, with a turkey and all the accessories that come with the holiday. Even then, as I sipped on my red wine and devoured the succulent white turkey meat, I always saw thanksgiving as a holiday where Americans just came to eat and say what they are grateful for – with the occasional family drama involved. Little did I know, America’s history behind it. Bold, USA, bold.
-Akanksha Kar, Reviews Editor
Thanksgiving is a pretty neutral holiday for me. Growing up, it was always the one event that barely any family members showed up to. As Italians, I guess they feel obligated to celebrate with their fellow Europeans, but it’s obvious that no one cares. Sometimes my family even decides to go to a restaurant, which I find completely pointless. The entire point of the “holiday” is to spend time with your family with a home-cooked meal, so if you’re spending it out, why is it different than any other day? Is it because you’re thinking about European conquest and mass genocide more than usual, so you enjoy the food more? It makes no sense to me.
-Chelsea Sullivan, Listicles Editor
Thanksgiving has a lot of meanings in my life. It’s a time to come together and be thankful of everything my family and I have accomplished. I definitely eat a lot and it’s a time to not count calories and be myself for once. It also teaches me to appreciate every little thing I have because not everyone has that privilege. Overall whatever the meaning or harsh reality Thanksgiving is. My family célebrates it in a different more unified way.
-Luis Sanchez, Multimedia Editor
Thanksgiving for me means family time. As someone who is very family oriented, I get excited about the people who I love the most being at the same place, at the same time. The smell of my favorite dishes being prepared, the laughter and storytelling are all things that I look forward to. Though the true reason behind Americans celebrating thanksgiving is frowned upon, my family uses the holiday to give thanks for life, strength and togetherness. Oh and we’ve never actually had a turkey at our dinner! We’re Jamaicans, don’t judge us.
-Jedine Daley, Copy Editor