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Fri Nov 27, 2015, 04:47 AM

Thanksgiving: celebrating the privilege to forget

So on this thanksgiving, we are all American. We must all sit at the dinner table and choose forgetfulness: ďDonít bring up politics and rain on everyoneís parade. This holiday isnít about ethnic cleansing; itís about sharing and giving thanks now.Ē

In many regards, those at the table are free: free from concern about losing property as it is appropriated in land grabs by the state, free from the burden of considering racial, gender, and legal-status categories as crucial determinants in ability to survive.

It is a freedom that provides suburban families central air while people of the Navajo nation choke on coal dust. Capitalism eats the lives of occupied peoples, collateral damage in a process of wealth accumulation. Our industries seep up, contaminate the ground water that once sat fresh and clean beneath what is left of the Navajo lands, so that America can maintain a healthy middle class with access to affordable electricity.

Black lives are cut short with the shot of a police gun, the poison of an unjust food system, countless violences of inherited dispossession and systemic racism. Beyond territorial borders, the finances of the American colonial project, for which so many nice families are thankful, fund the ammunition of other colonies, where other colonized people continue to resist the encroachment of capitalismís beneficiaries.


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