Since 2006, there have been 10 deaths and 107 injuries caused by this hysterical and desperate consumerism, which in a perverse way seems like the perfect mutation of colonialism that was the very First Thanksgiving dinner.
Americans trace their first Thanksgiving to Pilgrims sharing their first harvest in 1621 at Plymouth Plantation. Squanto, a Patuxet Native American from the Wampanoag tribe, taught the Pilgrims how to catch eels and grow corn while the Wampanoag leader Massasoit provided the Pilgrims with food during their first winter because they had run out of supplies.
By 1622, the Powhatan tribe so angered by colonial encroachment of their lands attacked Virginia which in turn justified the escalation of violence by the English to take more land.</div>
Which is why Thanksgiving has always seemed like a terribly odd day to ‘celebrate’ in any sense.
When you consider the genocidal horror launched against the Native Americans in the wake of the First Thanksgiving and how that First Thanksgiving would not have happened without the generosity and compassion of those Native Americans, the obscene violence of desperate consumerism seems to be the perfect companion celebration to a Capitalist Thanksgiving celebration that is neither thankful or giving.