“I do not think that life will change for the better without an assault on the Establishment, which goes on exploiting the wretched of the earth.”
Recently, I had the privilege of a lifetime to attend a Justice or Else movement rally in my hometown where the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was the key speaker for the evening. During this two hour event, I could not help but to be in awe at the man who was standing before me. Minister Farrakhan has been inspired by some of our nations greatest leaders and teachers. He has also used his voice to inspire millions of others to demand justice and equality. For more than 60 years Minister Farrakhan’s passionate and fearless character has attracted millions to listen and heed his advice, but this same man has placed fear on the hearts of those who despise change and equality.
I wanted to share a notable point made by the Minister that evening. A call was made to boycott Black Friday if the American government fails to address and actively respond to the concerns that the 10-10-15 Justice or Else rally in Washington, D.C will bring forth. To no surprise, this call was accepted with roaring applauses and cheers by the audience. Not only did people agree that they would boycott Black Friday, they also agreed to boycott Christmas. Black Friday and Christmas collectively bring in MEGA bucks for the American economy. Retail sales rise between 20 and 40 percent between Black Friday and Christmas. When I say boycott, I am speaking of an economic boycott. A fiscal form of resistance to fight back against the corrupt acts of the American government.
As a form of fiscal resistance the black community should come together and resist the urge to shop on such high profiled days. The black community has a collective buying power of $1.1 trillion. 1.1 trillion DOLLARS. Why then should we continually invest in a system that does not invest in US. If the United States government does not improve upon the conditions in which it places the black community, we as a people should keep our money out of its pockets. Following the verdict not to indict the officer who shot and killed brother Mike Brown, the community came together and worked in 2014 to effectively boycott Black Friday. There was about an 11% drop in sales that year, although the media would not acknowledge the boycotts as the reason for this -we all knew. For those saying an effective economic boycott can not be done. It has been. With the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March swiftly approaching as well as the Justice or Else movement this next wave could potentially have a much more demanding impact on the economy. We will inflict pain and let them feel just a piece of the hurt that we are feeling as a community.
Simple, yet effective ways to boycott Black Friday:
Support local small businesses.
Plan ahead - Shop early and smart.
Invest your time and volunteer at a local nursing home, food pantry, or soup kitchen.
Shop black. - Support those that support your community.