Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Decision equates to Boycotting Black Friday?


I thought this article tied nicely into our discussion tonight (i.e., how we talked about how digital technologies have the capability to promote change, we, as a society, have just not effectively used them as such--at least not in the US).

I don't want to make it seem like I am questioning the goodwill or good intentions of the people who are attempting to protest by boycotting Black Friday. What I question is why they think putting pressure on corporate America will effect the police force and the judicial system? I also doubt that sitting out one day of Christmas shopping will make a difference, because I don't think many people will be willing to forgo Christmas shopping altogether, and then doesn't that defeat the purpose?


  1. Thanks for sharing. I agree that to leap from corporate American to the judicial system is a long one. I wonder if it's the timelessness of these two events that tie them together, rather than the actual connection.

  2. You bring up a good point, Abigail, and it's part of what I struggle with as an activist. What political actions actually have consequences? A whole group boycotting a business that has a negative business practice: yes, I think that will work. For example, the negative press and boycott of Chick-Fil-A when their CEO said a bunch of homophobic things had an impact and they're still working to change their image.

    However, as you point out Abigail, people boycotting something as nebulous as "Black Friday" without a specific goal isn't going to be super effective, not only because it's not super specific, but because it will have absolutely no effect on the police force or judicial system. It's like "fighting terror" by buying yellow ribbons. There's not a direct connection.