November 28, 2019

November 28, 2019

Black Friday is coming up very quickly and we really need to think about it as an inclusive society. Maybe we should come up with another term.

The term “Black Friday” was first used on Sept. 24, 1869, when two investors, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, drove up the price of gold and caused a crash that day. The stock market dropped 20 per cent and foreign trade stopped. Farmers suffered a 50-per-cent dip in wheat and corn harvest value.

Is this something to be celebrated?

Should we rename "Black Friday?" One letter writer (Patrick Smyth) this week, tongue planted firmly in cheek, thinks so.
BLACK-LISTED FRIDAY Should we rename “Black Friday?”

In many cultures, black is seen as associated with power, fear, mystery, strength, death, evil, and aggression, authority and rebellion. Think the Black Plague. The Black Hand. Black face … 

Also using the word Friday is against my values.

The name Friday comes from the Old English Fri-g.edæg., meaning the “day of Frige,” a result of an old convention associating the Germanic goddess Frigg with the Roman goddess Venus, with whom the day is associated in many different cultures.

This is clearly pagan and hurts me as a religious follower of “The Force.”  Why should I be forced to use a pagan term?

Let’s call the day “Snowflake Day.”  

Oh snap. That might offend the anti-snow group that surely must exist online somewhere.

Patrick Smyth // Whistler 

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