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Should Stores Be Open On Thanskgiving

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/19/2014 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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yaseminandjordan

Con

I do not think stores should be open on Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving is the day to be thankful of what you have and not what you can get for a cheap deal at a store. Some people don't have anyone to spend it with or the people they spend it with they hardly see so they cherish those moments.
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Debate Round No. 1
yaseminandjordan

Con

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated for the Indians and Europeans made peace not for who got a better deal at a store.
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Pro

Opening Argument

This argument is going to be quite short, apologies in advance.

The issue with closing all stores during Thanksgiving is that not all Americans actually celebrate Thanksgiving. This is due to a number of reasons such as immigrants may not want to celebrate a purely American custom or maybe people don't want to 'give thanks' when there is nothing worth giving thanks for.

In fact, 13% of Americans say that they do not celebrate Thanksgiving [1]. While in portion to the rest of the population may not need to go to stores due to the holiday, it would be unfair to close down the entire country when 13% of the people don't celebrate the holiday.

Another problem is that the origination of the Thanksgiving holiday was not so cheerful after all. In 1637 about 700 Pequot Native Americans gathered so as to celebrate their local Corn Festival. English and Dutch mercenaries surrounded the Natives and shot and clubbed as many as they could to death. The next day the Bay Colony governor called a 'Day of Thanks' because of the ruthless murder of almost 700 unarmed Native Americans. During this day of thanks the English colonists raided and kidnapped as many Native Americans as they could. On that day large numbers of ships with 500 newly captured slaves left Boston Harbor.

Therefore, it is clear that Thanksgiving is neither a particularly well understood holiday as often people consider it as a long fest between Native Americans and Colonists. This is completely untrue. Thus one could argue that stores have the right to remain open due that they don't want to be forced to respect an honestly barbarous holiday.

Sources

[1] http://www.newspolls.org...

[2] http://www.manataka.org...


Debate Round No. 2
yaseminandjordan

Con

yaseminandjordan forfeited this round.
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Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Theunkown 2 years ago
Theunkown
It seems odd you appologized for a 'small argument' when your opponent did only 1-3 lines.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct - Pro. Con forfeited a round which is rarely acceptable conduct in any debate setting. Arguments - Pro. Con left Pro's arguments standing unchallenged. This allowed Pro to affirm the resolution with no challenge from Con. Sources - Pro. Con failed to utilize sources in this debate whereas Pro did. Clear win for Pro.