Happy Black Friday! I hope you enjoyed Native Peoples Subjugation Day (otherwise known as Thanksgiving)! As promised, I’m back with some Thanksgiving and Black Friday related PROTIPs to lighten the mood at the end of a very hard week for all of us. As they always say, laughter is the best medicine- so let’s take a dose of written Xanax and read through a few PROTIPs, shall we?
This post would have been a far different project had the events in Ferguson, MO on Monday night not taken place. My original intent was to come here and talk more generally about Thanksgiving, being grateful and teaching our students about gratitude in an age of entitlement, but to be honest at the moment that’s not where my head is at. Like many other people who watched the buildup to the grand jury announcement informing us that Mike Brown’s death would go unpunished, the press conference from Hell and the subsequent civil unrest in Ferguson, I’m pissed. I’m mad as hell, I’m hurt, I’m sickened, I’m disturbed, but worst of all, I’m not shocked. I’m not at all shocked because for most of my life I’ve internalized that this is how it is in America. And sadly, for most of my life things like Ferguson have happened to confirm that I was right.
Despite the fact that Thanksgiving as a holiday is based on the subjugation of native peoples in America and that in recent years it has become a time where we celebrate being lazy, gluttonous and materialistic, I feel the need to at least try and honor the spirit of what the day should be- a time to reflect and be thankful for our many blessings. I really want to be positive and do that today- it’s just that I know right now it’s incredibly hard for me to do that without talking about what I’m really thankful for.
Welcome back for our fifth PROTIP Phriday! Sorry for the short post on Wednesday- someone must have told the students on the campus that I work at to collectively lose their shit so my time hasn’t really been my own this week. I’ll be back in full force next week with another review and a personal post that’s been floating around in my head for a while (time to get all deep and introspective again), but before all that I couldn’t neglect my duty and God-given right (yes, it’s a right) to bestow some new PROTIPs upon you all. So what knowledge can I share this week? Let’s find out, shall we?