There has been circulation on social media about boycotting Black Friday in protest of the recent decision of the Michael Brown case. People are being asked NOT to go shopping this Friday.
Do you really think that your contribution to that shopping day (or lack of it) will really make a difference in anyone’s eyes? Who will the boycott actually affect? It will have an impact on those parents who have saved-up all year just to purchase their children’s toys at a reasonable cost. It will hurt that person who wanted to save some money this year by camping outside the store for that blockbuster bargain.
Being asked to sacrifice this day will NOT help the situation in Ferguson. And how do you explain all the destruction and looting that occurred there? Those Small Business Owners will not have a place to sell their wares. Their dreams have gone up in smoke. How will the boycott assist them?
Retail people are going to have to go to work anyway, so how will your staying at home impact them? If anything, hope that they didn’t have to leave their families to come out and work on Thanksgiving Day and treat them with kindness and respect.
This writer has not gone shopping on Black Friday since waiting in line for a Cabbage Patch Doll, at a BX in Germany, or going on a women’s shopping day adventure in New Mexico – there are too many people out there who don’t have Jesus in their hearts and I’ve gotten older, wiser and blessed.
So let’s keep a little sense about this Friday and go out shopping (if you must) without feeling guilty.
Excerpt from “Black Friday November 2010?”
Well, let’s get ready for Black Friday. You’ve lost sleep, time, money (you may not have had) and patience; but you also lost those extra calories, and got a little closer to God (or did you lose your religion?); all for the sake of saving some money LOL – for one day – and that’s Christmas Day (but that’s another story). Even if you purchase an appliance for only $3; they’ve [the stores] got you. You’re in the store and there will be another bargain, another ‘blue-light-special’ and even something you’ll never use (remember that ‘potato slicing, french-fry cutting device that’s in the back of your kitchen pantry?). You’re hooked!
Black Friday has even turned into Black Friday Week that has escalated into Black Friday Month (Update-2014, it’s already happened). Have you heard? There’s even “free shipping” with your ‘online’ holiday purchase (let your fingers do the typing into more debt). Are you going to allow the hype of the holidays to get the best of you?
But, if you’ve already made plans to go shopping; be smart and shop wisely. Don’t forget that power drink, don’t drag the children into ‘the experience’ and remember to wish someone a “Happy Thanksgiving” (even if it is Black Friday).
If you do decide to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving; go with a list, take your time, don’t overspend, enjoy the experience and keep Christ in your heart.