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Jasmin Schauer

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It has often been debated whether or not it is morally correct to go Black Friday shopping on Thursday as opposed to Friday.  Personally, I believe that it is not morally right to go Black Friday shopping on Thursday as opposed to Friday. This is because Thanksgiving is a day that is all about being thankful for what you have, and Black Friday is all about wasting what you should be thankful for, commercialism, consumerism and deals galore. Many people go Black Friday shopping in order to save money during the holidays, and check many of those unnecessary and mostly very expensive Christmas items off of that long list of gifts for the holidays.

Thanksgiving is a day many people used to be thankful for what they have and express their gratitude towards others and the food that they have been blessed with by cooking a Thanksgiving dinner. However, several people don’t make a Thanksgiving dinner, but instead they pitch a tent and spend a few days in front of stores to assure that they are the first ones in line to get insubstantial, replaceable material rewards.

Sophomore, Prestley Irvan states, “What doesn’t make sense is, Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what you have, while Black Friday is a bunch of greedy people trampling over each other just to get what they want. How can you take a holiday that’s meant to be about being thankful for what you already have, and completely changing the meaning of it by starting Black Friday on Thursday?”

Sadly, this is becoming more and more of a problem each year as more people decide to go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving. Every year, several stores open earlier and earlier and stay open all night in anticipation of Black Friday. Eventually, Thanksgiving traditions may be forgotten, family time will be neglected, and Thanksgiving will become the new Black Friday.

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