|The Jack Wade Show||
As Black Friday, the unofficial corporate created holiday of greed systematically encroaches on more and more of Thanksgiving, the official holiday of family, thankfulness and gratitude, I thought that I would compare the two.
I really don't have to explain Thanksgiving to you except to remind you that most of all, you're probably thankful for the wonderful feast that brings family together and for the joyous sense of gratitude that fills your heart. The Thanksgiving experience is one to be cherished because each Thanksgiving feast makes memories that last for years to come. Sadly, many American big box store and department store workers will have to forgo the joys of the holiday because they have been enslaved by a pseudo holiday called Black Friday.
The phrase Black Friday was originally used pejoratively years ago to describe a situation in Philadelphia that occurred on the day after thanksgiving when so many people were out shopping that it caused traffic snarls and violence. The term “Black Friday” was recently rehabilitated by corporate marketing people who turned it into an unofficial shopping holiday. Their take of the term is that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the day of the year that massive sales take them from the red into the black. My take on the term is that it has become a day of salivating consumers, some of whom camped out for days, trampling each other to get a “bargain.” In other words, a corporate dream day. I'm waiting for some corporate owned congressman to propose Black Friday as a National holiday.
At this point, you might ask me why I'm comparing Thanksgiving to Black Friday? Well that's because greedy big box stores, department stores and other retailers keep starting it earlier and earlier. Many stores started their Black Friday sales as early as 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving night. If that trend continues, Thanksgiving, the National holiday of family, gratitude and prayerful reflection will be overshadowed by Black Friday, the corporate holiday of greed, envy and exploitation of workers. Black Friday just might become The Corporate Monster That Ate Thanksgiving!
Boycott Black Friday!
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