The Margin: Black Friday slavery myth trips up stars


Singer Toni Braxton also linked the phony rumor to her Facebook page, saying “No Black Friday for me” the same day, garnering nearly 33,000 “likes” and more than 257,000 shares.

The rumor about Black Friday’s alleged slavery connections began well before the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. But after the decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the August shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, protesters waded into holiday shopping crowds across the country as part of the “Black Out Black Friday” campaign to draw attention to what they see as a miscarriage of justice, and the Internet rumor only added fuel to the fire. A Google search linking Black Friday and slaves nets more than 11 million results and dozens of Internet memes, about “the original Black Friday.”

But according to the website, the term “Black Friday” didn’t originate until nearly 100 years after the abolition of slavery. pointed to a 1951 reference where workers would call in sick on the Friday after Thanksgiving to get a four-day weekend. Later, Philadelphia police used the term in 1961 to describe out-of-control shoppers heading for the city’s downtown retail district after Thanksgiving. – Top Stories

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