After experiencing yet another Black Friday from the safety of my home, this year in particular I began to think more critically of this whole idea of Black Friday and really started to question its existence and role in our society today. Black Friday for me personal has never been appealing, I don’t see the enjoyment of waiting for weeks in the freezing cold, possibly being trampled entering a Best Buy, to get an Xbox One that is 20% off. This whole idea that Black Friday is a social event now, that consumerism is something that is a means of connecting with people is really the most saddening part for me.
Luckily there are organizations trying to inflict positive change on this day. On Facebook, a couple of days ago, a friend of mine shared a link to a video that was titled, “#GREENFRIDAY” I saw it and went on their website to find more information on it. Basically, the state of California, has begun to make November 25th, which is considered to be Black Friday, Green Friday, a day where 116 California state parks are open to the public for free in order for more people to enjoy nature and the outdoors. I just thought this idea was really interesting and beneficial to a progressive view of change for Black Friday. Now, is something like this going to end Black Friday, of course not, honestly, America will never stop buying things, we will always want the latest new things for the best deals, but maybe little by little things lIke Green Friday will make Black Friday less like a riot.