Thinking today abt how many US Jews spent their holiest days of 2020 “with” family on Zoom, and abt how many US Christians are indicating that we are not willing to do the same with our holidays (while framing being asked to do so as persecution).

There’s a lot to unpack here.
As I wrote yesterday, I don't like thinking abt any issues of the pandemic (including holiday travel) simply as individual choices, but systemically. And I think Christian supremacy is a part of how USians are socialized to conceive of freedom & choice
US Christians routinely view/present ourselves as a persecuted minority, when we are the the driving dominant force beneath US theocracy. And while Christianity is v close to many (not all) Black Americans, it's also v close to white supremacy.
In my frame of view, an actual persecuted religious minority, esp. in recent yrs (Jewish ppl in the US) has portrayed spending their high holy days on here v differently than the dominant religious group, which often portrays continuing in-person traditions as an act of war
Of course, there's lots of variations within groups of Jews & Christians (& within other groups of non/believers). But for a religion that preaches loving sacrifice for others, Christianity in the US must reflect on why it's not actively asking its members,

What Would Jesus Do?
This is a good point from @DanaGField, and fits into a kind of thinking I often try to do with queer/trans ppl of color:

If we center the experiences of ppl already marginalized, how could that make life better for everyone?
US Jews, Muslim, Hindus don't get their holidays centered for time off for work/travel.

What if US Christians could observe how Yom Kippur, Ramadan & Dawail have been celebrated by their respective religions?

Could we learn there ARE ways to be in community w/o traveling?
"there’s something to be said about folks who have a deep religious perspective about the fact that life can be disrupted." ❤️

Thank you for this perspective, @ColonelKSpeaks.
We're coming off yrs of Christians being told/saying we're under assault & we must defend ourselves by celebrating Xmas even MORE loudly.

In addition, this persecution complex is wedded to white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

This all helps fuel pandemic holiday travel. Fox News graphic of a war on christmas
Indeed, @fridayprayers. Thank you for sharing
On the point that Thanksgiving is an "American holiday" open to all:

I can't look at SD & not see what @Ethnography911 calls "frontier settler shit" as separable from Christianity's desire to dominate Native Americans (& Jews, & Muslims &...
As, my brilliant student and teacher @AdamLMahoney points out, we are made to assume the world we live in (the choices available to us, the conditions we exist in) exist Just Because and Should Not Be Questioned, when they were of course socially created
This is a good article in @vice by @sbearbergman on what USians considering travel can learn from Jews about how we can celebrate holidays in ways that are remote, meaningful and SPECIAL…
Thank you for this, @carynward123—yes, the dynamics are very connected
Look at this framing of gathering for Thanksgiving as a “rebellion.” So much about US religion, prayer and “holy” days is close to threats of war and violence

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The airlines + the fueled jets + the govt + 300 yrs of mythology & socialization say this is OK.

Biz & govt have made few restrictions to travel.

So why is it solely an individual matter to “do the right thing”?
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There's been good HIV meds for 25 yrs.

Yet, the better part of a million (mostly nonwhite) ppl still die of AIDS every yr.

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We're approaching 1.5 mil deaths in 1st yr of COVID.

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And here's the thing: A society which caters to such valuation of life cannot address the time scale we need.
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