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Post-Thanksgiving After-Action Report

Posted on | November 23, 2018 | 1 Comment

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name, He forgets not His own.

Our family sang that ancient hymn — which originated in 16th-century Holland — before we ate the turkey, which was cooked by my son-in-law. We had 15 adults plus four grandchildren for the family meal, the first time all six of our children had been together this year. It was fun. I also offered a pre-meal reading of the following proclamation:


By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation. . . .
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
George Washington

Our holiday joy was made possible by ignoring such insults as this:


Notice that this deliberate demonization of white people, as perpetrators of “genocide” (a libel invented by radical activists in the 1960s), is necessary to an assertion of black supremacy — implying that black people are morally superior to whites, and that their Thanksgiving “ritual” is therefore superior to whatever white families do.

What is remarkable to me is not merely that the exercise of identity politics has become so habitual that no one can be allowed to take a day off from it, but that so many white people seem not to care that this kind of hateful nonsense is being promoted in our culture. Dose anyone suppose that anti-white propaganda has no effect? Go read Michael Harriot’s article, “The Caucasian’s Guide to Black Thanksgiving” and notice how many gratuitous anti-white insults he includes, e.g.:

It is about tradition. It is about family. It is the only day of the year where we have a respite from the world around us and we gather to celebrate our delicious blackness without worrying about white people coming around.
Except for that one white girl and her sh–ty tuna casserole.

Was this necessary? Was it humorous? To whom is it funny?

As I say, a joyous holiday requires us to ignore such insults, and Christianity commands us to refrain from answering in kind.  However, now that it’s Friday, I’m back to my usual business of cultural criticism, and I hope intelligent readers will consider what a firestorm of outrage would be generated if any white person did respond to Harriot’s celebration of “delicious blackness” with the level of scorn it deserves.

Here’s a helpful suggestion: Never write anything about race that you would not wish to be read by anyone of any race. I have no problem with Michael Harriot making fun of the kind of “white girl” who would show up at a black family’s Thanksgiving dinner with a tuna casserole, but how many white people might respond to such a joke by saying something genuinely offensive? Among the many things for which we should be thankful this time of year are human decency and courtesy. Amen.

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One Response to “Post-Thanksgiving After-Action Report”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Racists – Edge of Burma
    November 24th, 2018 @ 4:06 pm

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