Students at the University of Florida said that they support changing Black Friday’s name because of potential racial connotations. One student even claimed it was offensive. However, they changed their mind after being told that it had nothing to do race.  

Campus Reform asked students at Gainesville to answer a question about whether or not they would support renaming Black Friday. This day is commercially driven and is often referred to as consumerism day. Video recording of their responses was made. 

Black Friday is named after retailers that make a profit on Friday after year of losing money. 

Ophelie Jacobson asked students whether they would participate in Black Friday. Black Friday has deep roots in capitalism and consumerism, which most students answered no. 

Jacobson set out to determine if students would be willing to alter their name or cancel culture.  

The survey by Campus Reform was formed in response to the Chicago Tribune’s article questioning whether ‘Black Friday should be renamed so it is not “discriminating and profiling against black people.”‘ 

A University of Florida student told a student reporter that she would not be participating in Black Friday this year

Student at the University of Florida told a reporter she wouldn’t be taking part in Black Friday this year

Another University of Florida student said Black Friday 'perpetuates just this consumerism'

A University of Florida student stated that Black Friday perpetuates the same consumerism. 

The headline read: “Black Friday” should be changed to avoid discriminating against and profiling black people.

The opinion article stated that the name of Thanksgiving’s shopping day should not be confused with a nation’s name. It does not mention the name of the author.

‘Black Friday ought to be called Holiday Buying Day (Spending Day), Charge Card Day (Charge Card Day), Green Backs, or some other name. It is discriminating and profiling towards black people.

Jacobson questioned several UF students if the name change was something they would support.

One student replied, “Honestly, I want to rename it.”

“I dislike the name Black Friday. Since my childhood, it has never been something I liked.

“Whenever I visited stores, there would be so much stuff and workers. It sounds weird, but these people would tend to favor the light skinned. 

“Like them, they would aid you.”

‘I think that equality’s important,’ another student said.

“I mean, I believe it’s valid.

A student added: “I think it should be changed because Black Friday is offensive.”

Jacobson talked to one student, who stated that changing their name “isn’t going help real black people.” 

Jacobson, Campus Reform’s reporter on Black Friday, explained to the students that the term has nothing to do racial. “Should it still be changed?”

One student replied, “No,” “If it isn’t about skin color, then I don’t think there’s any problem.” 

A student replied, “If you just want it to be renamed to like, but without the emotions, that is not helpful.”

It’s only a word. Another student stated, “It’s just a word.”

“Everything will eventually be considered offensive,” said one.  

Another student told the campus reporter that he is in favor of renaming Black Friday

A student also told campus reporters that he supports renaming Black Friday

The University of Florida is in Gainesville, Florida with nearly 52,000 students

Nearly 52,000 students attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. 

The university sits on the border of Florida and Georgia as students debate hot topics

Students debate current topics at the university, which is located on Florida’s border with Georgia.

One student stated that they took part in the charges on Black Friday as well, and understood the timing. 

“I think you will participate in Black Friday. Um no, capitalism isn’t my favorite thing. I just believe it perpetuates consumerism and exploits labor to our personal wants and needs 5. Maybe not, but sometimes it feels like the priorities have been inflated.

“I think this perpetuates consumerism and exploits labor to meet our needs.  

Students learned to identify the roots of their day, and they were successful in locating it. 

‘Capitalism isn’t really my big favorite thing, probably not  I just think that it  really perpetuates just this consumerism and just exploiting labor for our own personal needs and wants.’   

Black Friday was the first time that the financial crisis after the collapse of the financial markets could be applied to. Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, two of the most notoriously ruthless financiers at the time, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold.  

The conspiracy was finally exposed on Friday. This sent the stock market in free fall and led to the financial collapse of Wall Street barons as well as farmers. 

Holiday shopping is now a dead end as the market fluctuates. 

Because of COVID last year, shops had to reduce the number allowed to enter their stores. 

Target is a large retailer that claims the rule has not affected its sales. Target says they have decided to give the day off to staff. The retailer’s total revenue increased by nearly 17% between October 2020 and October 2021. 

Retailers have been struggling to hire in the last few months, as thousands of Americans leave their jobs to seek higher pay and better conditions.

Many stores have had to reduce hours and offer less services as a result. But Target told CNN last week that its staff turnover for hourly workers was lower than in 2019, pre-COVID, and that it will add 100,000 temporary employees to deal with the Christmas rush.  

The National Retail Federation is the largest trade association in America and reported that holiday sales increased by 8.2% between November 2018 and December 2020.

According to the trade group, 2021 will break that record by growing between 8.5%-10.5%.  

But President Joe Biden has blamed the increase in the cost of living on ‘market manipulation’ and rising gas prices, despite the nation’s top economists pointing to the country’s supply-chain shortages and businesses struggling to meet the demand from COVID shutdowns as the reason for the rise in prices.

Biden on Tuesday authorized 50 million barrels oil to be released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This was in an effort to reduce the soaring gasoline prices.