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I wasn’t surprised to see, in the News, this morning, that Thanksgiving has been referred to as “Black Thursday”.  It’s sad that Black Friday has, already, overshadowed Thanksgiving, a day to give special thanks and, now, advertisers are announcing “Black Thursday, “Black Week”….. and how many times have you hear “Black Friday” sales mentioned through the past year?  And, yes, there’s “Cyber Monday” and “… Month”… and so on.  😦
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In the early 1970s, I experienced my first Black Friday in retail.  I didn’t know it was called “Black Friday” then — my boyfriend suggested it, that night, and I said the name was appropriate.  I was mortified at what I had experienced, all day long — people fighting over merchandise, as cruel as I’ve ever seen them.  I was grateful they didn’t have guns….  Guns are so much more available these days.  I don’t intend to ever Run with the Bulls; I don’t intend to ever shop on Black Friday… or Thursday.

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