Thanks and giving: Why Wal-Mart ‘Black Friday’ strikes are important

Wal-Mart workers on strike

Let’s call it “consumption creep,” the drive by retailers to jump-start the huge shopping day called “Black Friday” (the day retailers’ balance sheets are supposed to go from red to black) on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

Every single thing that is broken not only about the American economy, but also about American values can be seen in the drive to force workers to give up their Thanksgiving holiday to promote “door-buster” sales and tempt inadequately paid Americans to use credit to get these “deals.”

This is why the planned “Black Friday” strikes by Wal-Mart workers are so important.  Read more of my new post at Washington Post here.

 

About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary; I write for the public here and in local papers. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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