Hey remember me??
I used to blog. For myself. Now I blog for the Northeastern Iowa Synod.
But I got something to say about Black Friday shaming. I think we should stop it. Because while you think it’s all about fighting anti-consumerism and commercialism and everything that is wrong with our economic system, it’s not. It’s just making people who like to shop on Good Friday feel bad. And making you feel superior because you don’t do it.
This is the thing. We have a crazy economic system that depends on people buying stuff. I don’t think that is a good thing. I don’t even understand how it can be sustainable. And you don’t have to tell me about how bad people in retail are paid and treated. Hello??? I worked at Staples last summer. I went 5 hours on my feet without any breaks. I was expected to be kind of smart about figuring out stuff, be fast on the cash register, know where to find the blue #3 sharpie, smile and take grief all for a little over minimum wage.
I get it. There is something wrong with our economic system.
But we ALL participate in it. Some of us benefit from it more than others; some of us suffer from it more than others. But nobody gets a pass. You don’t get to be all superior for not shopping on Black Friday.
Disclaimer: Yes I have shopped on Black Friday. Got up early, took my kids, got some deals, went to lunch, and came home and took a nap. We did this even at the evil capitalistic center – Mall of America. Nobody died. Nobody even got punched. Or trampled . Most people were very pleasant.
But then again I never tried to buy a Plasma TV for $5.
Frankly I’m tired of seeing memes comparing Black Friday to the Hunger Games. And people trying to make me feel like I’m more greedy and consumerist than those who shop on say, Monday.
And if I’m tired of it, trust me; the folks in the pews are tired of it.
And you know who else is tired of it? The good people in your pews who own stores. They are tired of being made to feel like they are responsible for taking Jesus out of Christmas cuz they sell stuff in December.
So let’s just stop it.
I don’t know how to fix our broken economic system. I don’t know how to make the world a more just, fair and kind place. I just know that making people feel bad about going shopping is not working.
So if you are looking for a deal this Friday – Sin boldly! AND remember the poor.