Americans love the Thanksgiving myth. But food folklore masks a painful reality | Michael W Twitty | Comment is free | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/24/americans-thanksgiving-myth-food-folklore?CMP=share_btn_tw

Enjoy this piece I wrote for TheGuardian.com on the subject of Thanksgiving. Remember to appreciate the small moments long forgotten over the sweeping myths floating around. It’s time to take out the idea of “contribution” and replace it with the idea of “complex contact.” It’s time for us to all appreciate the cultural sacrifices our ancestors made to the national self. We are at the end of the day, part of a larger family,  that must understand it’s history in order to persevere.

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About michaelwtwitty

I am a Judaics teacher and Culinary Historian focusing on the foodways of Africa, enslaved African Americans, African America and the African and Jewish diasporas.
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One Response to Americans love the Thanksgiving myth. But food folklore masks a painful reality | Michael W Twitty | Comment is free | The Guardian

  1. James T. says:

    thought I’d share a poem I wrote after reading and reflecting on this topic, hope you enjoy:

    I hear a waver & a turn
    Don’t have time to process & stop
    Like it, or not, it keeps unfurling
    Your words assure themselves of truth & right-of-way
    Stories told too many times… how can we begin to revise?

    Us, massacred, exterminated, assimilated, educated, Americans

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