I don’t spend too much time actually addressing what I think is wrong with the United States, though, as the header says I don’t think it’s immigration. There are many things wrong with the United States and one of them is Black Friday. It’s not the idea of saving money that bothers me, but the idea that large corporations have such a strong-hold on our us and that we let it be possible. If we weren’t controlled by the market created by big businesses such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Walmart, etc. then why would there be people camping out in thirty degree weather for eight hours waiting to save three-hundred dollars on an LCD television? Is this what life is all about?
It’s not only the fact that people will line up for hours waiting to buy something on sale, or something new, and be duped into believing they’re going to save so much money, but it’s the thought of where those items came from. They’re all from other countries where working conditions are more than likely less than stellar. Those foreign workers are pumping out products by the thousands so that us Americans can wait out in the cold to buy them. The terrible irony is that many from those foreign countries are cold and hungry with no money while in the US many subject themselves to being cold and hungry waiting to spend their money.
You could really spend all day finding reasons why this is so disturbing. It’s strange that so many are so dedicated to consumerism, yet so undedicated to making the world a better place. People simply don’t care what others have to go through just as long as they get what they want. What about the Best Buy worker that has to leave for work at one in the morning because they have to hand out tickets to those waiting outside at three in the morning? Do these workers not have families they’d rather be with? Do they not deserve the same respect as everyone else? Well, if we want to fight the greed of the large corporations then we must first fight the greed within ourselves.
I’m sure there are many disturbing Black Friday commercials, but I just caught one on the radio. This was a Verizon Wireless commercial on Thanksgiving day where a man shows up to the store because he’s worried he’ll miss the after Thanksgiving sale. The worker tells the man the store is closed they’re just there getting ready for the sale. He tries to convince here to let him in because he just has to have some new phone and she convinces him that he’ll be able to get one if he just comes back the day after Thanksgiving. Not only is this commercial disturbing because it glorifies consumerism and our desire to have things we don’t really need, but it also makes having someone work on Thanksgiving day acceptable.
This is something I’d like to delve into a little more in the future, but for now this short post will have to do.