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The lies and hypocrisy behind Thanksgiving and Black Friday

By Anisah Muhammad | Last updated: Nov 24, 2013 - 3:41:35 PM

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The Holiday season, also known as the shopping season, is rolling around once again.

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On the surface, Thanksgiving seems to be a pretty good holiday. Black Friday is just ridiculous nonsense.

What better day than a day to give thanks to God for everything in your life? We should do that every day. Thanksgiving is a special day because the wickedly wise want to suck the economic lifeblood out of the poor and drain them of every single dime.

Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks and praise, showing gratitude, but it hides a horrific secret behind gloriousness. When the Europeans came to America, the Native Americans welcomed them. The Europeans started to multiply and began stealing land. When the Native Americans declared war, the Europeans had the advantage, guns. Later Europeans gave Native Americans blankets as gifts. Little did the natives know that these blankets were weapons in disguise and carrying the deadly smallpox disease.

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Thousands of Native Americans died and thousands more died from the diseases Europeans brought to America.

At the glorious first Thanksgiving feast, there were very few Native Americans present. The wickedly wise use love for family and giving thanks to God as a cover for evil done on and after that day. The natives were the reason the Europeans survived, but the Europeans turned around and deceived the Native Americans. Are we giving thanks for the thousands of Indians that suffered at the hands of pilgrims? We go from giving thanks to celebrating an all-out killing spree?

Black Friday is not an official holiday, but a lot of workers have the day off. Whether or not it is a holiday, it is a savage day. The Devil in all races comes out and people are shown for their true colors. This is probably the most brutal annual day in America. On Black Friday, the freaks come out at night and stay out until the next day! All hell breaks loose as people fight to get to sales promoted by companies and businesses like Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Sears, and a whole list of others. If people act like this on Black Friday to get discounts on clothing, furniture, and technology products, then just think how they will act when stores run out of food. The level of craziness that Americans display on Black Friday is a shame. We go from giving thanks to God to shooting, stabbing, pushing, shoving, choking, punching, hitting, scratching, and biting.

What is it all for? To get a little discount on clothing that you will only wear once? To get a discount on phones and devices like the X-Box that you will only break or abandon? We spend billions of dollars on these useless products that won’t do anything for the good of our future.

As this country’s economy gets worse and worse, we spend more and more. The real shame is that the wickedly wise aren’t the ones killing us, they’re the ones sitting back enjoying the savagery of the American people, Black people in particular.

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We kill ourselves over these useless items, and when we get through with the killing and backbiting, we shout gloriously because we bought a discounted item. Are these products worth more than the lives of human beings? Innocent bystanders that stand in line patiently, who just want a little discount are taken advantage of and have been hurt or killed. Who will it be next? Will one of our family members be found in a life or death situation for simply trying to shop? When will the senseless violence and killing end? When will we realize the hypocrisy of Black Friday?

We go from dressing up in costumes screaming “trick or treat” in October, to giving thanks to God on the basis of a horrific lie, to senseless murder to get a cheap product on Black Friday in November, to celebrating the so-called birthday of Jesus on the 25th of December. See the hypocrisy of it all? And, it’s all at the pleasure of the wickedly wise who use these so-called holidays to get consumers to buy as much as they can. Sure, the products are cheaper sometimes, but sellers only slash some prices because they know hordes of crazed shoppers will flock to stores and profits will be higher than if the products weren’t cheaper.

If the senseless killing that occurs every- day and the genetically modified foods we eat everyday won’t be the death of us, then commercialization will. Some spend hard-earned savings on Black Friday shopping to provide a Christmas present in the name of Santa Claus, also known as Satan Claws. No wonder we’re in poverty and want! If we can spend millions of dollars to help feed a commercialized world, then surely we can spend 5 cents a day as an investment in our future.

When Thanksgiving rolls around, think about the lie behind you giving thanks. Don’t be inconsiderate of the lives lost, and remember, you should give thanks to God every day! When Black Friday rolls around, think about your life and what it will mean for your family and the rest of the world if you get caught up in some senseless injury or killing. Maybe one day in the near future, the lie behind Thanksgiving will be remembered more often, and Black Friday will be completely abolished.

(Anisah Muhammad is a 16-year-old writer based in Montgomery, Ala.)

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