I have somehow started a revolution. As a joke, on Thanksgiving Day, I posted the following Facebook Status update:
I’m sorry guys. I don’t do the Dark Friday shopping, and, furthermore, I refuse to be racist and call it Black Friday.
It was mainly in jest, but it ended up being one of the more popular facebook posts I’ve had in a while.
One of the feedback comments from my friend, Anthony, was as follows:
Jerry I agree. … just think of what it sounds like to start off the Christmas Season with Black Friday…
That really got me thinking, “you know what? I have a point.”
Now, I did my research, and I know the most commonly accepted origin of the term “Black Friday” stems from the fact that most retail establishments operate at a loss (or “in the red”) from January through November, until “Black Friday,” the day at which the establishments operate at a net gain (or “in the black”). But there is a part of me that doesn’t trust the people who came up with this term.
I’m also not saying that the term is meant to be politically incorrect. I’m just saying that I’m gonna play it safe and continue ahead calling it “dark Friday” instead of Black Friday, because I know that if anyone is going to get called out for using a potentially politically correct term, it’s gonna be me.