The Most American Holiday… Black Friday

Stuffed with turkey and green bean casserole, we stalk off into the darkness with lawn chairs on our backs and dreams in our hearts. Wishes. For phones and IPods and radios and new HD TVs.  Black Friday is upon us.

The magic of Black Friday is that it offers Americans what they most crave. Deals on hi-tech products. It’s a classic homage to good ole consumerism. We’re willing to wait in lines for hours to buy the next big thing for ten dollars cheaper. You’d think that brand new blender that could cut through soap is the Pope shaking hands with everyone.

We’re driven by a need to buy, buy, buy.

Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. If you’re looking for a deal on clothes or appliances, tonight is the tonight to find them. But the avaricious NEED to get some products detracts from the wholesome spirit of Thanksgiving. During the night, we’re reflected at our worst. As greedy consumers. As worshippers of PRODUCT. We bow down and wait in line for the Gods of Ikea.

What we are most thankful for is deals.

And this undermines the spirit of thankfulness and family and togetherness. Because come midnight, we’re willing to rip each others’ eyeballs out. We would push over grandma with her walker for that cheap, shiny toaster. We become animals, fighting for a piece of meat. And that piece of meat is a refridgerator.

On that note, I’m off to join the hordes. Happy Black Friday!


About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on November 25, 2011, in Random, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I like deals as much as the next person, but I will not be shopping on Black Friday. Good luck to all of the shoppers out there 🙂

  2. I could never shop on Black Friday. I will, however, be making a one-time return to retail work tomorrow. Wish me luck.

  3. Love your sense of humor! I’m still having trouble believing that you’re eighteen. Perhaps I’m letting our son’s lack of maturity at eighteen, cloud my expectations.

  4. So true, so sad. Only Americans would pepper-spray each other over an X-Box after a day of Thanksgiving… Great post (and looks like you’re getting more traffic-yeah!).

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