If “heritage, not hate” doesn’t excuse honoring white supremacists who preyed on ‘African-Americans,’ why does “family tradition”–i.e. “heritage”–excuse honoring those very same slave-driving white supremacists who preyed on ‘Native-Americans?’
Perhaps, Black people have a more visceral aversion to the Confederacy due to the association with their own oppression, but, again, the same white supremacy that oppressed/oppresses Blacks was/is the exact same white supremacy that oppressed/oppresses the Natives.
Why honor white supremacy on one hand, but not the other, if both hands are shackled by the same oppressor?
One wonders if the people of color who celebrate #Thanksgiving would also celebrate a Confederate holiday if it came with the same traditional perks–food, fun, family/friends, off work, holiday sales, etc? Hmm…
If we value sweet potato pie over solidarity with Natives against white supremacy, are we not hypocrites to chide Whites who cling to their own “traditions” (privileges) at our expense?
If we are truly invested in social justice, let us not keep making excuses for honoring one of our nation’s greatest injustices. #dontBSyourself #NoThanks