Every year, as Thanksgiving rolls around and stores fill up with holiday treats and decorations, I find myself feeling somewhat conflicted. We celebrate the first Thanksgiving because the native people living in what came to be known as America were compassionate enough to share their knowledge and their food with the first European settlers enabling them to survive.
To us, this is worth celebrating. What should not be celebrated is the European invasion that followed and the almost complete annihilation of a people. To Native Americans, Thanksgiving must be a bittersweet holiday, much like Independence Day is to the descendants of the American slaves. But having said that, there is still much to be thankful for and we’ll focus on that for this article, keeping in mind that there is much that still remains to be done.
So, as this Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, we at the LA Progressive look back over the year and focus on the reasons we have to give thanks. There is quite a bit, especially compared to where we were last year. So we decided to only list a few and to give you an opportunity to list what you gave thanks for this year. At the end of the week, we’ll compile your answers and come up with the top 100 which will be presented to you next Sunday.
List as many reasons as you’d like and please let us know if you’d like your name mentioned in the article that we’ll publish next week.
Here’s our list —
- We’re thankful we didn’t end up with a McCain/Palin administration
- We’re thankful that citizen journalists can impact change
- We’re thankful that there is a healthcare debate
- We’re thankful for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
- We’re thankful the LA Progressive continues to serve the progressive community
Now place your list in the comment field below.
— Dick & Sharon