Happy Black Friday to all my American readers! In light of the events in Ferguson this week, I’ve focused this week’s links round-up on activism surrounding Ferguson and Black Friday.
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1. Ferguson protesters and activists are calling for supporters to #BoycottBlackFriday and refuse to spend any money today as a way to show their anger at the grand jury’s refusal to indict Darren Wilson.
2. However, as many people have pointed out, this action will also hurt black-owned businesses, so here’s a list of 36 black-owned Etsy stores you can shop at if you really want to start on your Christmas shopping.
3. Or, if you feel like treating yourself, here are 101 independent, black-owned beauty and fashion businesses (bonus: lots of them feature products for natural hair!)
4. Also, you can use some of the money you’re not spending to donate to Ferguson-supporting groups, like the Ferguson public library, St. Louis food bank, and others.
5. Now is also a great time to vote for Time magazine’s person of the year. I’m including it here because I voted for the Ferguson protesters, but obviously you can vote for whoever you want.
What are your suggestions for making Black Friday more meaningful? Leave them in the comments.