As they have done for several years now, racial justice warriors have declared the busiest shopping day of the year to be #BlackoutBlackFriday and are urging black Americans and their comrades to protest injustice and the election of Donald Trump by not taking advantage of low sale prices and once-a-year deals.
The website Colorlines gave its readers a variety of suggestions to take part in #BlackoutBlackFriday anti-festivities in an article entitled “3 Ways You Can Boycott on Black Friday,” which explains how black Americans can use their “economic power to challenge a system that condones police violence and elects people who think forcing Muslims to join a registry is a reasonable policy”:
— #BlackoutBlackFriday (@UnitedBlackout) November 20, 2016
Black Friday is the American shopping tradition that takes place each year the day after Thanksgiving.
The Ryan Coogler-founded Blackout for Human Rights coalition wants all Americans to shop via small businesses and boycott major retailers, companies that violate human rights and businesses that profit from the pain of others.
Per a Thunderclap campaign created for the boycott: “An affront to any citizen’s human rights threatens the liberty of all. So, we participate in one of the most time honored American traditions: dissent. We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect.”
Ryan Coogler, the filmmaker and activist behind Blackout for Human Rights, directed the films Fruitvale Station and the Rocky franchise reboot Creed. The activist-director’s next project is a slated adaption of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther.
Colorlines also promotes another boycott stunt called #grabyourwallet, which urges shoppers not to do business with companies that the group says “does business w/ Trump Family and/or sells Trump family products.” The list is lengthy and includes Amazon, Hobby Lobby, and NASCAR:
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) November 21, 2016
As this IRS Form 990 from 2004 shows, the parent organization of Colorlines, formerly known as the Applied Research Center (now RaceForward), is a longtime recipient of funding from institutional left sources like George Soros’ Tides Foundation.
Meanwhile, Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan is urging black Americans to only shop at businesses owned by black people this holiday season. In a post on Facebook, Farrakhan wrote:
Are you ready to boycott with your dollars? We did it last year successfully and we can do it again. We must continue to redistribute the pain through economic withdrawal, so those who give us pain can receive some pain in return. Let’s boycott Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all in-store and online holiday season shopping at these major corporations from Nov. 25th until Jan. 2nd. Keep your money.
The best gift you could give is YOU and your love for your family and friends. Find a Black business that is selling things, and spend some of your money with them instead.
RedistributeThePain #IndependenceMatters #JusticeOrElse
The #BlackoutBlackFriday boycott got media coverage in 2014 to protest a grand jury’s decision not to prosecute a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who killed Michael Brown after he assaulted the officer.