Over and over again this weekend I have been hearing advertisements of “Blak Friday” sales. I find this interesting as the term black Friday originated from the idea that retailers profitted from the rush of sales immediately after Thanksgiving. It seems somewhat ironic to find a nation-wide celebration of corporate profitability following a day where (fewer and fewer of us) gather to celebrate family and friends.
While it is inspiring to see the number of businesses that are remaining closed on Thanksgiving day it is disconcerting to find the openness of the celebration of corporate profitability. In an economy that is driven by consumer spending (approximately 70%) we still have a long way to go before we, as consumers, start driving the bus.
“Stay at home Friday” and “Small Business Saturday” are welcomed responses to our devotion to the transfer of wealth away from the average person, but we still have a long way to go.