Resolved: Thanksgiving should not be celebrated in the United States.
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According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, regularly expressing gratitude (the quality of being thankful and readiness to show appreciation) literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. In 2008, scientists first used fMRI to study gratitude. In the study the researchers measured brain activity of participants experiencing different emotions, and found that gratitude causes synchronized activation in multiple brain regions, and lights up parts of the brain’s reward pathways and the hypothalamus. In short, just like Prozac, gratitude can boost neurotransmitter serotonin and activate the brain stem to produce dopamine.
We should not celebrate the lies that have been handed down to us trying to cover up the white supremacy and the racism that white people put on the Native Americans. While we should be thankful, why designate our Thanksgiving day on the day that remembers when Europeans came to America and began the genocide that can be proven by writers such as Churchill and Zinn.