Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The "Be Well" Thanksgiving Fast:: Thanksgiving or Thanks-taking?

Before reading, please know that the earth doesn't revolve around my thoughts only, I figured to extend an offering to those who are heavy Thanksgiving enthusiasts and want to approach it with a different level of awareness, nutritionally.

Here is the drill. Many "Americans" think of Thanksgiving as a wonderful time to celebrate getting out of school for a long weekend, and eating a great dinner. One where you gain about 15 extra pounds and increase your chances of diabetes, high cholesterol and loss of energy. Or, maybe they think it is the start of the "Christ-mas" holiday season. What is the real meaning? A few of us here at the blog don't celebrate thanks giving, nor do we wish to indulge in any false holidays. No offense to those that do but it's more than long over due to take a stand internally. Can you imagine what people will say if you tell them you are fasting on thanks giving.

As a result to this never ending saga of "American" holidays that mean nothing "to us", we announce:::: (((silent drum role please)))

On this day we will only intake raw vegetable and fruit juice and water only. A juice fast is considered an extreme form of detoxification because no solid food is consumed. This is the best feast, while also honoring our ancestors, our needs for health, energy, vitality and beauty? Lets do it! Leave a comment.

"In the eight century Muslims conquered
Spain, Portugal and France and controlled it for 700 years
They never mention this in history class
cause old ways are threatened when you get the real lesson
Moors from Baghdad, Turkey threatened European Christians
Meaning, there way of life; hence the Crusades for Christ
On November 25th, 1491
Santiago defeats the last Muslim stronghold, Grenada
King Ferdinand gave thanks to God for victory
And the Pope of Rome and declared this date to forever be
A day of Thanksgiving for all European Christians
.. Now listen, when you celebrate Thanksgiving
What you are actually celebrating
is the proclamation of the Pope of Rome
Who later, in league with Queen Isabella
sent Cardinal Ximenos to Spain
to murder any blacks that resisted Christianity
These Moors, these black men and women
were from Baghdad, Turkey
And today, you eat the turkey, for your Thanksgiving day
as the European Powers destroyed the Turkeys
Who were the forefathers of your mothers and fathers"

---------------------Ras Kass "Nature Of The Threat"


Silhouette Brown said...

uhhhh, can u say wake up call.I am down. Count me in. My name is Silhouette Brown. You know me from my comments. Can I still send a pic to bewell.blog at gmail dot com? Let me know. I am gonna pull a funny and go over my grandma's house with my juicer. Can't wait to see there reaction. Will send you the pics later. Peace !

....cHoke.... said...

YOU KNOW IM AALLLL IN. i just got back from the store with my fruits and veggies !!?? anyone doing anything on the 26th ill be here alone...ill bring the fruits and veggies !!!!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Nice song and all but there are quite a few holes in the well-meaning Ras Kass tune. I used to name check and quote this tune often. An elder of mine checked me on it one good time and had me 'do the knowledge.' While connected, the premise stated in song is far off base, like Nasir's re-telling of the defacing of the sculptures of KMT by Aleksander the Great (it was Napolean's handiwork).
Harvest ceremonies are common part of human society. "Thanksgiving Day" as it is celebrated here in the States' is a grossly distorted and romanticised. The day was actually a celebration of several massacres of the Pequot and Wampanoag peoples of the Algonkian language family.

If you seek to teach, first "You Must Learn."

Thursday is my weekly day to fast (Akan), so I will join all in Oneness.

RiseNShineNYC said...

To Anonymous>>>>

Indeed. But there are hypocrites that pose anonymously as constructive commenter's too. Not one individual in this circle is exempt but some have lived what they speak. Thus, the reason for the disclaimer in the beginning of the post. I appreciated that. I read it! Did you?

What is the truth? Class is in session, master this lesson. Teacher is always a student. Overstood?

The theory of blogging is the essence of your point.

If you seek to teach, first "You Must Learn."And it goes beyond this blog.

And, If "You" seek to teach, love thyself before you can love someone else. I don't feel the love. I felt attitude. Like you got a point to prove. No one truly knows what happened back in the day. Were you there? Was I there? No. So even what you say your elder told you is a story. Even what Ras Kass says is a story. The fire is lit now go forth. I feel like just the thought of tradition in America is something no one but white American can celebrate because its there tradition. Stolen moments in time that become part of this vicious system of cruelty against humanity.

But I feel what the point of this post was for without the Ras Kass part. Overstood? May God's face continually smile upon you.

mushuukyou said...

Goodness. Here we go again? Fun times at "BE WELL" High. The debate is on.

I love Ras Kass verse. And about your remarks regarding Native Americans',you didn't address the line "stealing the land from the indigenous natives."

The Nature of the threat was very factual and thanskgiving was before the Native American Massacre.

"For our purposes we must go back in time a little further to see that the origins of November twenty-fifth are in fact much older than the foundations of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Subsequently we must go to VIII century Europe.

In the 8th century the Muslims (Moors) conquered Spain, Portugal and France and controlled it for over 700 years. These people threatened European Christians, meaning Western Civilization.

It was not until the late 15th century that in Spain on November 25, 1491, Santiago defeated the last Muslim stronghold in Grenada. On this day King Ferdinand gave thanks to God for this victory and the Pope of Rome declared this day to forever be a day of Thanksgiving for all European Christians.

The Hip-Hop lyricist, Rass Kass, in “Nature of the Threat” states that: “When you celebrate Thanksgiving, what you are actually celebrating is the proclamation of the Pope of Rome, who later in league with Queen Isabella, sent Cardinal Ximenos to Spain to murder any Blacks that resisted Christianity.” These genocidal policies were justified by Pope Nicholas in the Inter Cetera Papal Bull of 1452, which called for the King of Portugal “To invade, search out, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans, whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ”.

These are the true religious and political motivations that formulated the white supremacist mindset that was the foundations for the economic colonization of the Americas and its Native peoples.

Thanksgiving in the United States is a part of this tradition that celebrates the subjugation of non-Western people for colonial purposes. Its roots are more directly connected to the events that occurred in the Northeast in the year 1637, when 700 men, women, and children of the Pequot Tribe, gathered for their “Annual Green Corn Dance” in the area that is now known as Groton, Connecticut.

While they were gathered in this place of meeting, they were surrounded and attacked by mercenaries of the English and Dutch. The Indigenous people were ordered from their ceremonial structures and as they came forth, they were shot down. The rest were burned alive in their homes. The next day, the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared a day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 Pequots. Subsequently, every Thanksgiving Day ordained by a Governor or President since was to honor that victory, thanking God that the “battle” had been won. The holiday on the 3rd Thursday of November we celebrate is in observation of that massacre and upholds this colonial mentality."

What are you saying MR or MRS. Lets be clear ...

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