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Black Friday Boycott: Will You Be Participating? [SPEAK ON IT]


Black Friday Boycott: Will You Be Participating? [SPEAK ON IT]

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Many are calling for a boycott of America's biggest shopping day in response to the ruling in Ferguson.

As the news sunk in that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager, many online expressed a desire for change, a desire to show the importance of black lives in a way that would speak to the country.

One idea that's taken off? Boycotting Black Friday.

Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, with retail stores opening early to let record numbers of customers spend hundreds of dollars on discounted products. By boycotting Black Friday, the thinking goes, the black community and supporters can show their economic might while demanding justice and systemic change.

Blackout for Human Rights is one organization that is championing the Black Friday boycott. “Major retail chains depend on our shopping to keep them afloat, especially during the holiday season,” Blackout's marketing director Michael Latt told “But the lives of our brothers and sisters are worth more than the dollars we can save on holiday gifts.”

While the boycott has gained traction, there are others who believe the plan won't be enough to affect actual change. Some are calling for people to make Black Friday about supporting black businesses, and others just don't think it will actually happen.

What do you think? Will you be boycotting Black Friday? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.