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Old 01-02-2007, 10:22 PM   #11
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Isn't the concept of celebrating African American heritage by not working a bit racist and stereotyping?
Honestly, I believe that it all depends on how you look at it. I have a Jamaican friend who insists it's racist to refer to blacks as African Americans because it denigrates her island heritage. Some other dark people from non-African countries probably feel similarly. But I do think the racism card is the reason that a day off on a national slavery rememberance day would never really fly in the United States. It would be very divisive. Some people would rather argue about a 200 year old mistake than spend an extra day with the people they love and care about. And by "some people", I'm not talking about whites or blacks or anybody else in particular. I'm talking about some people.

I had never heard of that! But yeah, that's the kind of thing I was thinking about as being a possible corrolary.

 
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:38 PM   #12
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Honestly, I believe that it all depends on how you look at it. I have a Jamaican friend who insists it's racist to refer to blacks as African Americans because it denigrates her island heritage. Some other dark people from non-African countries probably feel similarly. But I do think the racism card is the reason that a day off on a national slavery rememberance day would never really fly in the United States. It would be very divisive. Some people would rather argue about a 200 year old mistake than spend an extra day with the people they love and care about. And by "some people", I'm not talking about whites or blacks or anybody else in particular. I'm talking about some people.



I had never heard of that! But yeah, that's the kind of thing I was thinking about as being a possible corrolary.
So yeah, boxing day. Go boxing day!

I guess they're all over with now. Anyone have plans for Twelfth night??
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:40 PM   #13
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So yeah, boxing day. Go boxing day!

I guess they're all over with now. Anyone have plans for Twelfth night??
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:40 PM   #14
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Anyone have plans for Twelfth night??

Final night for turning on the Christmas lights outside. After that, everything comes down.


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Old 01-02-2007, 11:12 PM   #15
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We need to create a holiday that honors the people who were forced/bound to work for us- African Americans. That would be the corollary for the U.S. We need to get Kwanzaa off or something or a national no-more slavery day where nobody has to work, or something.

It's not exactly the same thing, but it'd be sorta similar.
Um, no we don't
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Um, no we don't
If we want an extra day off in the spirit of boxing day, then yes we do. Since America flatly rejected England's system of nobility and the concept of serfdom, in order to have a day dedicated to the powerless workers in our nations historic past, I think it would pretty much have to be dedicated to the slaves. Unless you can think of another class of people in America that fit that definition... maybe a National Undocumented Immigrant Laborer Day? Would that be a better analogy in your opinion?

 
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:04 AM   #17
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I think we should dump Xmas as a legal holiday due to it's religious basis (however wrong that is) and get Boxing Day, which is based on the rich folk giving the poor folk their Xmas leftovers. That would alleviate the jam-ups in the stores on the 26th.
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That would alleviate the jam-ups in the stores on the 26th.
Then they'd just be there Dec. 27th.
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