College students learn that Black Friday has nothing to do with race
Students at the University of Florida believe that the name “Black Friday” should be changed so that they know it has nothing to do with race.
Back to the opinion article November 18 in Chicago Tribune named “Talk of the County: Black Friday should be renamed so it doesn’t ‘discriminate and stereotype against blacks,'” Campus Reform reporter Ophelie Jacobson asked students at Gainesville campus schools if they support a name change for Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving breaks into millions American retail stores for holiday deals to buy gifts and other items.
One student said in response, “I think equality is important,” while another student said, “I mean, I think it’s definitely an opinion. I kind of agree that it should be changed just because Black Friday seems offensive.”
Another student explained to Jacobson that they had always felt uncomfortable with the name. “Honestly, I’ll rename that,” they said, adding:
I don’t like the name Black Friday. I haven’t really had it since I was little. Whenever I go to the stores it’s all crowded and I’ll see the workers, kind of, it looks wrong, but they tend more towards fair-skinned people. Like, they’ll help them.
However, one student noted that changing the name “won’t help actual black people”
Once Jacobson pointed out that the term “Black Friday” had nothing to do with race, the students seemed to change their tune.
One student said, “If it’s not about skin color, I don’t see a problem,” while another student replied, “If you want to rename it, for example, avoiding feelings, it’s not helpful.”
According to the History Channel, the actual origin of the name Located With Philadelphia Police in the 1950s they described “the chaos that followed the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flocked to the city before the big football game between the Army and Navy that takes place every Saturday.”
In the late 1980s, however, retailers attempted to rebrand the term to describe the transition from operating at a loss, “in the red,” to taking a profit, and going from “the black.” This renaming has been suspended and the current understanding of the meaning of “Black Friday” remains.