Black Friday may be important to the retailers who depend upon the orgasmic gush of consumer spending to put their earnings for the year “in the black” - where the term came from, if you didn’t know - but it has metastasized into perhaps the most gruesome display of everything that has gone sideways in American society.
Once upon a time, it was fun in its own odd way, I suppose, but now…now, people camp out for days in department store parking lots, risk stampedes, fist-fights and the occasional hail of gunfire in order to get their glutton on one day after a holiday dedicated to being thankful for what they have. Someone will die in a store on Friday over a flat-screen television or a power tool. That annual sacrifice upon the altar of More Stuff has become as predictable as the tides.
And now, that’s not enough. Now, they are forcing workers to give up this cherished holiday - and yes, “forcing,” because Tony Rohr can tell you everything you need to know about what happens when you refuse orders to work on Thanksgiving - in order to service the insatiable maw of American consumerism run amok. Dollars to doughnuts, the CEOs who are demanding their employees sacrifice their Thanksgiving celebrations with family are big “family values” guys. They will be with their families, you can sure-God count on it.— William Rivers Pitt, Truthout (via majoringindebt)
When someone says “White people are better than black people” that’s racism.
When someone says “Straight people are better than gay people” that’s homophobia.
When someone says “Men are better than women”, that’s misogyny.
When someone says “Women are better than men”, what is it?
Hint: no, that’s not feminism.