Well, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and I have only one question…why do we have a holiday marking a famous mob crime?
Sure, Valentine’s Day is now all about relationships, love, and chocolates…but it all goes back to the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. All the love and hearts came later.
For those who don’t remember, the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was an incident in Al Capone‘s rise to take control of organized crime in Chicago. Part of the prohibition era violence, six mob associates and a mechanic of the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran were slain that day. People still remember, though we’ve covered it up with chalky candy hearts and such.
Is this really the kind of thing we want to mark? Sure, Valentine’s Day is a pretty holiday (as long as you’re not currently alone, in which case it’s highly irritating and unecessarily depressing), but are we comfortable with its violent roots? Perhaps the time has come to let this one go.
Unless, of course, I’m confused here somehow.