American slaves’ Christmas was a respite from bondage – and a reinforcement of it | Michael W Twitty | Opinion | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/25/american-slaves-christmas-was-a-respite-from-bondage-and-a-reinforcement-of-it

I wish everyone a happy holiday. It’s interesting that for such a straight, matter of fact piece, the first comment was already negative and had to be removed by the Administrator. I never thought that in 2015, even writing about African American history would get immediate hate mail. Yes Virginia, even the enslaved had a “Christmas,” and it had a lot of different meanings for enslaved people. It is important to not forget what that life was like for them and how that we world impacted us today. I proudly and defiantly write their story because it must must must be told. Merry Christmas! Please share this information at your holiday table, social justice is an enduring holiday message.

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The original re-creation of John Canoe at Somerset Place Plantation in Creswell, NC.

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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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10 Responses to American slaves’ Christmas was a respite from bondage – and a reinforcement of it | Michael W Twitty | Opinion | The Guardian

  1. Alisa Boyd says:

    As usual, a beautiful and educational piece. I have learned much from you this past year. Thank you.

  2. chilling, soul-stirring, hackle raising, beautifully written. Thank you for your work and so looking forward to your book!

  3. Erika Bongort says:

    Your piece pointed out a very simple and important concept which is most often overlooked… Make the most of what you have. Thank you for sharing.

  4. kelley says:

    Loved this. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Leslie says:

    Thank you for writing this, Michael. I was not familiar with John Canoe, but reading your piece ignited memories of growing up in Detroit in the 1960s and 1970s. My Alabama Grandmother would send a box to us in Detroit box every Christmas season which contained the following: pecans from the pecan tree in her yard, homemade fruit cake, pieces of peppermint candy crushed from a “larger-than-life” candy cane, and shiny-skinned oranges. One of my Uncles always brought his homemade hog’s head cheese to our Christmas Eve family gathering. Even as a child I detected the role these “humble” food traditions played in our family’s expressions of kinship.

  6. Read this article in the guardian the other day and I’ll be looking forward o more.

  7. jaenichelle says:

    This is a great blog, I’m so glad I found it! It’s so difficult to share stories like this with some people.

    http://www.pofoundetry.com

  8. excellent piece.
    I am sure you have heard of the trend to get rid of the comments section – it rarely adds anything positive. How can someone rail against a telling of history, yet when a flag/monument comes down they lament about how history is being lost. No answer needed obviously

  9. katmcdaniel says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I am so embarrassed by people and their ignorance. Keep up your work!

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