Good morning! In the United States, today is Thanksgiving: a day to give thanks for one’s blessings, spend time with family and friends, share a meal, and watch an iconic parade or a little football. The reverse interpretation is that today is a day where the eradication of indigenous peoples is whitewashed, loneliness is exaggerated by the expectations of gatherings, gluttony abounds, and retailer avarice results in stores being open during a traditional holiday. Today’s DOT is dedicated to Thanksgiving, for better or worse.
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While forced acts of thanks (let’s all hold hands and go around the table and say what we are thankful for) bring out my snark and cause a reactionary eyeroll, I am truly thankful for the people and animals in my life. I am grateful for my home, my job, and my community. And I am grateful for the DeadSplinter community – you folks are smart, savvy, au courant, and have excellent taste in music.
Thanksgiving and football have become synonymous. This year, the Detroit Lions host their divisional rival Chicago Bears, the Cowboys host the Las Vegas Raiders in an interconference matchup of massive fan bases, and concluding the holiday are the host New Orleans Saints taking on the AFC powerhouse Buffalo Bills. I understand that millions of folks enjoy football; I am one of the killjoys who sees it as brain trauma and early dementia waiting to happen.
“The myth is that friendly Indians, unidentified by tribe, welcome the Pilgrims to America, teach them how to live in this new place, sit down to dinner with them and then disappear. They hand off America to white people so they can create a great nation dedicated to liberty, opportunity and Christianity for the rest of the world to profit. That’s the story—it’s about Native people conceding to colonialism. It’s bloodless and in many ways an extension of the ideology of Manifest Destiny.”
The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, or about 3,000 for the meal and an additional 1,500 for snacking. To burn off that meal, activity estimates include six hours and 36 minutes of jogging, twelve hours and 45 minutes of walking, or nineteen hours of sex.
Black Friday sales now start on Thanksgiving Day; stores of all types will be open, including Bass Pro Shops, Kmart, and Pep Boys. With over 717 billion dollars in sales up for grabs by retailers, deep discount and artificial “urgency to buy” techniques abound. Violence among shoppers spurred on to get their piece of the pie has resulted in extra security measures, crowd stampedes, and injuries. From the link above, in 2018, 61.53% of shopping violence took place at Walmart. Shopping violence in general included trampling (30%), shooting (26.7%) car-related (16.7%), stabbing (13.3%), fighting (6.7%) and pepper spraying (6.7%).
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