Friday, November 27, 2015
Should Black Americans Boycott Black Friday Shopping?
I have heard and read this several times for the past few years, but I always see the black people on the doors of Walmart and other big stores on this very day. This boycott is unwise for several reasons: the idea is ineffective, the boycott would be foolishly costly for blacks, but it is also racist.
The blacks will lose out on savings since they will still buy the very things on a day when the prices are higher. The benefits of Black Friday or Cyber Monday are enormous, albeit with some cons too. However, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, if you do not make yourself a fool by fighting or getting yourself trampled underfoot. If you shop according to your needs and budget, it would be beneficial than shopping on another day because of the prices. Therefore, if the black people refuse to shop on this day, they will have to shop on an ordinary day when the prices will be higher. That does not look like a smart decision. If they were saying that they should not shop at all, one would understand, but it does not make any sense to campaign for Black Friday Boycott without any alternatives to benefit from better prices. It reminds me of a man who died in an inferno because the first person to show up when his house caught fire was his neighbor whom he had accused of sleeping with his wife and daughter. The man begged him to come down through the ladder, but he refused to use the help, saying that he would wait for someone else, and the house exploded, killing him and his two kids.
The second reason why this boycott is foolish is because they are campaigning that people should buy it from black people only. When they buy it from black people, they are still buying, and it may be dearer since most of those merchants on Black Friday are bigger merchants with competitive prices than their black merchants. Very few black businesses could match up the prices from Walmart, Macy's, JC Penny, Frys Electronics etc., so it is illogical to campaign for a boycott, only to go back to buy from the black merchants. You are spending more money than you would have spent.
The third reason is that, it is a subtle form of racism since it is meant to change the lives of the non-black merchants. Paul asked the Romans a simple question, “You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?” (Romans 2:21-22). Permit me to ask the black people these questions, “You who say that people should not be racist, are you racist?” You who say that people should not treat others according to the color of their skin, do you treat them that way? You who say that white people should accept and integrate the black people, do you accept and integrate the white people? You who say that the police should not kill black people, do you kill black people? Presume that the white people start a similar campaign that white people should only buy from whites, and they should boycott nonwhite businesses, the black people will have very few customers. For a people who have suffered from racism as the black people, they should strive to integrate everyone rather than create opportunities to alienate others.
Therefore, our core principle in life should be, “love your neighbor as yourself," and not love your color as yourself. Your boycott will not hurt the white merchants; it will hurt you more. In addition, it will never work because there are a lot of white people who will buy things on that day to nullify your absence. In addition, we accentuate and add impetus to racism with such behaviors. Racism will never end, but it will make racists uncomfortable, if we all accept each other and treat everyone right. There are good and bad white and black people. People should be treated as individuals. I urge the black people to open up and leave these types of Them-versus-US mentality. The only enemy humanity has is Satan. The time has passed. Let us make a better present and future for ourselves and progeny.
Until then, color should not be a determinant in our daily interactions.
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