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Is Black Friday the day when Slaves were sold off dirt cheap?

  1. clivewilliams profile image85
    clivewilliamsposted 17 months ago

    Is Black Friday the day when Slaves were sold off dirt cheap?

    It is believed that After eating turkey and stuffing their guts. Slave owners celebrated a Sales day of slaves by selling old and worn out ones dirt cheap. They then bought r imported fresh black slaves. Many people rushed and flocked this livestock to capitalize on these cheap slaves.
    Then there is the other story about Black and red ink in the accountants book. Red meant loss and Black ink meant profit. What is your take?

  2. lisavollrath profile image98
    lisavollrathposted 17 months ago

    Sorry, but snopes says this is not true:

    http://www.snopes.com/holidays/thanksgi … friday.asp

    Black Friday has nothing to do with slavery.

    1. clivewilliams profile image85
      clivewilliamsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Who owns snopes?

    2. lisavollrath profile image98
      lisavollrathposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      A better question would be what sources do you have to verify that the information you posted is true, beyond "it is believed". Snopes cites sources for their information, so you can check it yourself.

  3. lions44 profile image98
    lions44posted 17 months ago

    Black Friday is a relatively modern term, which may have started in the 1950s.  Thanksgiving has only been a Federal holiday since the Civil War, although it was celebrated since the Revolution. As Lisa said the slaves story has been thoroughly debunked.  Be careful about rumors.

  4. RTalloni profile image88
    RTalloniposted 17 months ago

    Why would it be true?  How many would flock to buy old worn out slaves, especially if they could bargain for younger ones?  Though I may be bashed for my reply here, it would be better to focus on those who truly tried to help slaves rather than follow this line of thinking.  We can't view their efforts from the perspective of life today, but have to be willing to study what those people faced as they tried to help slaves if we want to be honest.  Exaggeration about any aspect of slavery in that time period of the USA is not helpful, nor, by the way, is the idea that Americans originated slavery useful if we want to make progress.

    1. always exploring profile image85
      always exploringposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      I do not think Black Friday is connected in anyway to slavery.

    2. clivewilliams profile image85
      clivewilliamsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      If you follow the history or trend of words that start with black....it is always nothing good.
      Black out
      Black Eye
      Black Sheep
      Black Listed so why should Black Friday be any different

    3. RTalloni profile image88
      RTalloniposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      You missed that the color black is the aggregate of every other color, the one that contains all. smile If you follow the history of the word green it is associated with monsters, jealousy, and horrors, even money. Maybe it should be green Friday!

  5. fpherj48 profile image77
    fpherj48posted 17 months ago

    Clive....It's not a matter of what our "take," is.  There is and never has been any such connection to "Black Friday" and slaves. (Such utter nonsense)
    Black Friday was first created and publicized by the heads of Commerce and business owners, using marketing leverage to kick off the Holiday gift-buying season in a bold and clever way.
    Yes, the reference to black ink or "profits" is where the name Black Friday was introduced.

    1. gregas profile image82
      gregasposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you Pauls for explaining that. Anyone that would even think that has to have a screw loose. And, to bring it up at a time like this is only adding fuel to the fires that are already burning. That is something we don't need.

    2. fpherj48 profile image77
      fpherj48posted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Clive willingly admits that he enjoys stirring up unrest and controversy just for $-its & giggles......which of course we all know isn't the least bit funny!  Especially now in the somber state of many American minds.

    3. clivewilliams profile image85
      clivewilliamsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Questions are meant to be asked. If you get hysterical and jittery about sensitive issues they will never get resolved? This question as been going around the internet and some even calling on a boycott.

    4. gregas profile image82
      gregasposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Clive, that is exactly why it shouldn't be spread any more.

    5. fpherj48 profile image77
      fpherj48posted 17 months agoin reply to this

      OH stop it! Black does not always refer 2 something bad! Black cars R shiny & rich-looking, black shoes R the most popular shoe color, Black hair is the shiniest, Black Comedy is the funniest! Blk ink is most proper. Don't B so damned negative!

  6. profile image58
    Setank Setunkposted 17 months ago

    The term Black Friday is used negatively through out history. This is also true with it's use for the day following Thanksgiving. Here Black Friday was used in reference to the shopping and traffic congestion that occurred in large cities, and was a fun but sarcastic use of a term that usually represented great tragedy.
    I have witnessed the transition where Retail Interests have tried to spin the meaning into a positive Red Ink/ Black Ink  reference since the early 1980's, and while that is all okay, it does not change the origins of Thanksgiving's Black Friday.

    1. lisavollrath profile image98
      lisavollrathposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Umm, throughout history? The earliest use of the term "Black Friday" referring to the day after Thanksgiving occurs in 1951.

  7. SpiritusShepherd profile image60
    SpiritusShepherdposted 17 months ago

    Black Friday is a modern term created by companies. Coming up on the end of the year, many companies have lost a lot of money, they are in "the black" zone of their financial goals. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, with the many sales most companies make enough money to get them out of "the black zone". This was explained to me when I worked briefly at American Eagle. American Eagle called their Friday sale "Green Friday" because their company at the time had never gone into the "black zone".
    This is actually the first time I have heard this rumor of Black Friday being connected to slavery.
    Honestly I believe black Friday was created by corporations to commercialize yet another holiday.

    1. clivewilliams profile image85
      clivewilliamsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      cool

  8. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 17 months ago

    Thanksgiving as a holiday was proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln, the man who ended slavery in the United States. So no, not even close.
    Using the day after Thanksgiving as the start of the Christmas holidays versus the start of December was an even more recent event, as stores try to start "holidays" sooner to make more money or get the first purchases out of customers.

    1. clivewilliams profile image85
      clivewilliamsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      cool

  9. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 17 months ago

    No, Black Friday is the day where Americans celebrate the start of the season honoring the birth of their Savior....by beating the crap out of each other in Wal-Mart appliance aisles over the last HDTV's in stock.

    1. clivewilliams profile image85
      clivewilliamsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      LOL...yes..anything for a sale

 
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