#MondayMusings – The War on Christmas
The “War on Christmas” is exactly how privilege works. Once society moves toward inclusion: Happy Holidays (which includes Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and Festivus). Those in a privileged position, because they are the dominant group, experience this inclusion as persecution.
It’s not persecution, it’s simply acknowledging others as equally important in celebrating American traditions. Insisting only “your” holiday be acknowledged, as a matter of right, is an unacceptable demonstration of high-handed privilege.
Wishing America was more homogeneous, and that minorities were invisible or of no consequence, is not going to bring back the 1950’s. We have moved on as a culture and the tide of minority demographics won’t abate.
Isn’t enough that the stores and streets and commercial buildings are flooded with images of Santa, reindeer, candy canes, elves, and Christmas Trees. Can a small gesture like “Happy Holidays” give some acknowledgement that others celebrate in a variety of different ways.
The (usually) Angry White Male insisting on Merry Christmas is the frustrated cry of someone not willing to share the toys. Which is antithetical to what Christmas is really about in the first place.