Personally, I feel that this year Thanksgiving has been under the microscope a lot. Scrolling through Twitter you see many people praising the holiday's focus on being thankful, and you also have people who point out the holiday's controversial roots. On TikTok you see people sharing their family's traditional recipes, funny home videos, and the annoyance of their family members (I think I heard the phrase "OK Boomer" 4 million times this week and each time I chuckle a little).
In the end, as an immigrant in America, I would have to see that I see the holiday in a positive light. In my opinion, the holiday isn't only about giving thanks for the things that we have, but it also is a holiday that we all can enjoy and share. No matter who you are, where you're from, or who you pray to, you still have a right to celebrate Thanksgiving because it is an American holiday and in essence, we are all Americans standing pridefully under one flag and working together to build a better America and world.
I think that there may be things that we should focus more on during the holiday - like giving back or seek to help those whose history has not treated them equally. But in doing that, we also have to stand in unity and seek to find a common dialogue that is going to give us a chance to help bring people together. I think that in modern America we need to look back into history. I would argue that America is pretty divided right now, and in the world, our countries power is being questioned by rising eastern powers. America will forever be a superpower
- but how long is forever before it becomes just a distant reminiscence?
If we as Americans want to really protect the values that have made our country so great, we have to remember "A house divided against itself cannot stand" - Lincoln. The context of that quote may have changed, but the understand stays the same as it stands the test of time.
On that note, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.