America does not hear when blacks cry out for justice and respect. But the country does hear much better when their pockets are being impacted.
Because of that, celebrities such as Russell Simmons and others are calling for African Americans to boycott the biggest single shopping day of the year, Black Friday, in protest of the Ferguson decision to vindicate officer Darren Wilson and the pattern of police killings of black men.
“We have the power to change our nation. Stand up with @UnitedBlackout on #BlackoutBlackFriday,” tweeted actress Kat Graham, star of the TV series “The Vampire Diaries.”
“No [Justice], No Profit. Corporate/public power only speaks $. So let’s talk to ‘em,” Williams tweeted.
Electronic journalist and filmmaker Soledad O’Brien, who is part black, retweeted a post with the hashtag #NotOneDime.
From Yahoo News:
Black Friday is a day of deep commercial discounts and frenzied shopping which takes place each year after the Thursday Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
The planned campaign calls for a one-day moratorium on spending to protest what it calls “staggering” human rights violations in the United States, including police brutality.
The boycott was prompted by widespread outrage after a grand jury on Monday failed to indict a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.
Protests erupted across the US after the decision.
America’s 43 million black citizens will hold about $1.1 trillion in purchasing power by 2015, a Nielsen study said.