Why they call it ‘Black Friday’

New York Times photo

Temporary Wal-Mart worker Jdimytai Damour, a 34-year-old native of Brooklyn, was sacrified to the golden calf on “Black Friday.” After they trampled him, bargain hunters simply stepped over his body as they streamed into the store, The Associated Press notes. We’ll blame the greedy shoppers, of course, but what about the corporatocrats and plutocrats who encourage such animalistic behavior?

I just wanted to note that Friday — while swinishly materialistic and consumeristic Americans were busy trampling a 34-year-old temporary Wal-Mart employee to death and sending others to the hospital (and refusing to leave the store after the store announced that it was closing because of the death) and shooting each other dead in a Toys “R” Us — I didn’t buy a thing. I spent not one fucking penny anywhere on anything. Yes, it is possible.

Many if not most Americans are patting themselves on the back for having elected a half-white, half-black guy who never would have been elected to the White House if he acted like an “angry” black.

Woo hoo! We’ve conquered all of our spiritual problems! these Americans (more or less) declare.

No — as long as we Americans continue to worship the golden calf, valuing consumer goods that we don’t even need over human life, we are going to remain spiritually fucked.

P.S. (December 12, 2008): In case it isn’t clear, by “Black Friday” in the headline I mean “black” in the sense of dark and tragic. It is not a reference to the victim’s race…

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2 responses to “Why they call it ‘Black Friday’

  1. K

    Woohoo… You know I have to agree with you. I refuse to shop on the day after Thanksgiving. The truth is… I hate crowds and the idea of watching people fight, push, shove one another to get a “good deal” on something they don’t need but “want” is so unappealing.

    So count me in… I didn’t spend a penny on Friday. However, I found a great deal on panties at Target (bought everyone I found in my size… Hello!!! Cute panties for less than $2 each is a steal and I do need new panties. 🙂 I call it practical consumerism. Don’t hate me because I want cute panties. haha

  2. robertdcrook

    TMI on the panties… Glad to hear that you didn’t trample anyone to death to get ’em…

    You know, I didn’t make some firm decision not to spend any money on Friday, but I didn’t need to spend any money — I had plenty of food left over from Thanksgiving and I have plenty of time to buy holiday gifts…

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