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Activists, celebrities and some clergy are urging a protest against the Michael Brown grand jury decision by refusing to shop on Black Friday. The message has been spreading via social media under the hashtags BlackOutBlackFriday and #HandsUpDontSpend, among others.
The Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy is about to descend across America. This means many people are itching to grab up the best deals to jump-start their holiday shopping.
Wal-Mart—America’s largest retailer—will be facing a lot of hurdles on Black Friday. Not only is there a robust social media campaign under way that is encouraging black Americans to boycott major businesses as a way to protest the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury verdict, but Al-Jazeera is also reporting that OUR Walmart—the “union-backed labor campaign” consisting of employees and labor activists—is planning protests in front of several Wal-Mart locations across the country.
We have yet to check with our editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., but according to New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith's Instagram page, Black Friday is historically linked to slavery.
Editor’s note: This column was originally published March 29, 2013.