University of Florida students who said they supported changing the name Black Friday due to possible racial connotations — with one even saying it “sounded offensive” — changed their minds after being told it had nothing to do with race had.
Students on the Gainesville campus were asked by a Campus Reform student reporter if they were in favor of renaming Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which is seen as a commercially driven day of consumerism. Their reactions were captured on video.
Black Friday was named in honor of retailers who made a profit and went “in the black” the day after Thanksgiving after a year of losses and “in the red.”
Ophelie Jacobson asks students if they are participating in Black Friday. Most students said they wouldn’t, noting the deep-seated connections to capitalism and consumerism.
Jacobson set out to see if students were willing to change the name and how far they would go with cancellation culture.
The Campus Reform investigation was prepared in response to the Chicago Tribune article asking whether “Black Friday should be renamed so it doesn’t “discriminate and profile black people.”
A University of Florida student told a student reporter she would not be participating in Black Friday this year
Another University of Florida student said Black Friday is ‘just perpetuating this consumerism’
Black Friday should be renamed so it doesn’t ‘discriminate and profile black people’, reads the headline.
“The name of the shopping day after Thanksgiving should not be mentioned by the name of a nationality,” the opinion piece reads. The author’s name does not appear.
“Black Friday should be called Holiday Buying Day, Spending Day, Charge Card Day, Green Backs, or anything other than black, which discriminates against and profiles black people.”
Jacobson asked several UF students if they were in favor of renaming the day to “Black Friday.”
‘Honestly, I want to change that name,’ said one student.
“I don’t like the name Black Friday. I’ve never actually done that since I was little.
“Every time I went to shops everything was packed and I saw workers, it sounds a bit wrong but they leaned more towards the lighter skinned people.
“As if they were going to help them.”
‘I think equality is important’, says another student.
“I mean, I think it’s definitely a valid opinion.”
Another student said, “I kind of agree it should be changed just because Black Friday sounds offensive.”
Jacobson spoke to a student who said changing the name “will not help real black people.”
“The term Black Friday has nothing to do with race,” Campus Reform reporter Jacobson told the students in the video. “Do we have to change it?”
“No,” said one student. “If it’s not about skin color, then I don’t see a problem.”
Another student replied, “If you just want to rename it to, like, save the feelings, it won’t help.”
“It’s just a word. Like, it’s a color,” said another student.
“Everything will be found offensive at some point,” said another.
Another student told the campus reporter that he is in favor of renaming Black Friday
The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida with nearly 52,000 students
The university sits on the border of Florida and Georgia as students discuss current topics
One student said they took part in charges at the same time as Black Friday, but understood the timeline.
“I just think it’s you taking part in Black Friday this year, no, capitalism isn’t really my big favorite, probably not, I just think it, really perpetuates this consumerism, and just exploits labor for our, personal needs and wants 5, maybe not I sometimes feel that priorities are intentionally inflated.’
“I just think it’s perpetuating this consumerism and exploiting labor only for our own needs and wants.
But once students learned the origins of their time, they had to situate it.
“Capitalism isn’t really my big favorite thing, probably not I just think it really perpetuates this consumerism and just exploits labor for our own personal needs and wants.”
Black Friday was first used to apply to the financial crisis after the financial market crash. Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, two of the most notoriously ruthless financiers at the time, teamed up to buy up as much gold as possible.
On that Friday, the conspiracy was finally unraveled, sending the stock market into freefall and in September everyone from Wall Street barons to ranchers went bankrupt.
As the market continues to fluctuate, holiday shopping has ground to a halt.
Last year, stores were forced to limit the number of shoppers allowed in due to COVID.
Major retailer Target has claimed the rule didn’t hurt its sales and now says it has decided to give store staff a day off. Revenue grew nearly 17% from October 2020 to October 2021, with total revenues exceeding $103 billion.
The questions also come as retailers have struggled to fill job openings in recent months as tens of thousands of Americans have quit their jobs and seek better pay and conditions to return.
This has led to reduced opening hours and services in many stores. But Target told CNN last week that employee turnover was lower than in 2019, pre-COVID, and that it will add 100,000 temporary workers to help cope with the Christmas rush.
According to the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail group, U.S. vacation sales rose 8.2% in 2020 from the previous year last November and December.
The trade group predicts 2021 could break that record, with growth between 8.5% and 10.5%.
But President Joe Biden has attributed the rise in the cost of living to “market manipulation” and rising gas prices, despite the country’s top economists pointing to shortages in the country’s supply chain and companies struggling to meet demand from COVID. -stops as the reason for the rise in prices.
On Tuesday, Biden authorized the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to lower soaring prices at the pumps, as the average gasoline price recently hit a seven-year high, reaching $3,409 a gallon.