Black Friday: A Dark Side of Hypocrisy

Lisa Dreher, Staff Writer

 An onslaught of bulging Macy’s bags, purses drained of money and the power of human greed forcibly shoves you out of the way, and you are thrust into the vast storm of a one billion dollar chaos, vowing to never again sail the seas of retail stores on Black Friday, the epitome of irony and insatiableness.

The term itself was coined from the Philadelphia Police Department in 1966, who labeled the event in a negative term because of the tremendous traffic jams, opportunistic shoplifters, and incredible amount of violence.

On the other hand, the term recently refers to the change of retailers from the “red” to the “black,” meaning that the state of red is the business’ state of debt, and the transition to black is to a state of surplus profit. Thus the continuation of such a turbulent and barbaric event is spurred by supply and demand, the two way street of materialistic love and the parasitic relationship that poisons us all.

So why do most avidly participate in the overrated butchering of moderated self-indulgence, especially after the very day we give thanks, Thanksgiving?

It could possibly be an award to oneself for giving such copious, unbearable amounts of thanks around a table of creamy mashed potatoes, smooth gravy and a glistening, fat turkey the day before.

Holiday peer pressure could also be a reason to the decision to dive, sometimes and unfortunately literally, into the black hole, sucking all dignity and savings from eager, holiday extremists. Pride in extravagance is wrapped up in sparkly, red and green paper and wrapped with a bow. Christmas lights adorning the suburban homes all across America shine with joy, peacefulness and the occasional message of “my house can is better than yours!”

The worst part of Black Friday, whatever the excuse, is that it follows the day that everyone promises, or attempts, to put political, religious and moral views aside out of meekness or pure intent to truly acknowledge what is given on a silver platter.

Although a time to remember that groundbreaking moment in history when the pilgrims and Natives feasted in harmony over the first successful harvest, Thanksgiving is practiced now as a more personal celebration to reunite with loved ones and realize why life is so special because of these people and why life, often taken for granted, is special, not matter what the circumstances.

Besides the expenses paid during the frantic, binge grocery shopping, the items themselves do not become the embodiment of Thanksgiving itself. Black Friday, however, involves all materials and no emotion, sometimes even no reason or rhyme, just a nagging impulse to buy, buy, buy. It opens the door to the most expensive and exhausting holiday ever, Christmas, and shoves you in against all morals, immediately after the holiday that asks at least a little bit of these, in a little bit of the year, in a little bit of effort.

So the next time you join in the stampede of consumers on a belly full of turkey, be sure to at least have a mind full of self-control and gratefulness as well.