Stop sign changed to 'don't shop' sign

b&b79 Why you should boycott Black Friday

First of all, this was a special Bondfire Radio show for Dramatic Dyalekt and me because we did a show on Black Friday last year and this means we’ve been around long enough to talk about it again smile emoticon

Second of all, we wanted to talk about Black Friday again because I feel like it’s been incredibly misunderstood. We spend so much time putting the blame on each other – whether it’s condemning shoppers or telling boycotters to get out of the way – and forget that it‘s really the companies who create this environment for us to generate so much hate, judgment, and shame against each other.

Dissecting economic and consumer events like this is what Brunch & Budget is all about. Yes, it matters how it affects your wallet, but really, what matters is how it affects your values.

Whether or not you shop on ‪#‎blackfriday‬, how do the ‪#‎blackoutblackfriday‬ boycotts affect you? What does it look like to vote with your dollars?

Boycotts have historically created big social and economic change, as long as they have three ingredients in place:
1. discipline and focus
2. widespread appeal, and
3. a large effect on economic consumption

Why boycott Black Friday if you care about black lives? Shannon M. Houston says it better than we ever could in her Salon article:

“A 2015 Nielsen report places black Americans on trend to have a buying power of $1.4 trillion by 2019. I fantasize about black people using that buying power to say, if nothing else, our money matters. And if our money matters to the American economy, then so should our lives, and so should our minds.”

Learn how to be a more ‪‎conscious consumer‬ and human being, now and at any time of the year.

Take a listen and let us know what you think.