This week I learned that even Christmas was a riot. Like everything else, the story we’re sold only serves the invisible agenda of Racism.
So what was Christmas before?
The Christmas holiday we know and celebrate used to be a cross between New Years and 4th of July- so lots of drinking and debauchery, very American.
Women, anti-slavery advocates in the Northern Puritan colonies held bazaars and fairs to spread messages about the brutality of slavery and gave gifts to honor children instead.
So how did we get here from there?
These nameless, faceless capitalists- CEOs in charge of products and marketing gurus with no conscious, liked the idea of a holiday represented by gifts and were easily motivated to ignore Christmas’s original anti-racist mission. They used violence to intimidate the anti-slavery advocates.
The Fury of those Puritan women was buried under the capitalist pursuit of profit. Instead of honoring the women’s truth these CEOnemies used that profit to further the empire of racism. They ended up stealing the win out from under these women, and here we are.
It’s time we take a page out of that playbook.
We also have to be willing to use the victories of our enemies to our own advantage. How? Other than resisting with our dollar we have our voices and we have information. Manipulating the fact that these companies have us over might be our only chance.
The victories of the last election, and the horrible measures that have been passed to sustain racism as we know it only expose larger targets for our Anti-racist mission. The unassuming people of Puritan America couldn’t have guessed what their corporate overlords were up to. It’s our goal to free people from the apathy overlord today, and this Information is the perfect opportunity.
It not realistic to suggest not spending any money for the holiday season, but we can always spend wisely. Support small, local and businesses owned by people of color. Siphon resources from racism with intentional giving. And with gifts, give stories. The job of the anti-racist hero is to make the work work twice. Use your money and your voice- explain why the gift was special and important and who’s small business it was purchased from. Relate to the business owner your intention to defeat racism in your every action. Tell the story of the Puritan women.
The specter of racism was able to recruit the narrative of Christmas to serve in its army, so we must break down that relationship every holiday season. The warm cheer and joy that we feel are not from the spirit of giving or the birth of Jesus- it was the promise of a more loving and open American culture. And the dread and anxiety we feel, when we can’t afford gifts this year- that’s the haunting of what is lost every year that we have another Capitalist Christmas.
Racism is always hiding. But as its hold over our society spread it leaves parts of itself exposed. We must use these moments to attack. We must see these cultural trends for their racist origins. We must push the envelope. Just as this holiday too is coached in blood money we must continue to relive and fight for its original meaning.
We are not just consumers! We must begin to prepare for this ideological battle. And it starts with looking every moment in the face and finding the ism.
There is so much hidden in the story of Christmas. Now that you know what you’re looking at, get equipped. We have always been active fighters against all that is wrong and dark in the world. Seek out these lies designed to preserve the racist history of America’s Christmas. Find them and out them. Buy gifts, but also be informed- and sharpen your knowledge for the next battle.
Thinking of purchasing a gift for an anti- Racist new recruit? Find the print copy here.