Students have said that they support the idea of ‘Black Friday’ being renamed.
They say they support the idea because of possible racial connotations.
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Everyone loves a deal or saving, right?
That’s why many of us look forward to Black Friday.
It’s the time of year that many shops slash prices making it great for those of us looking for a bargain.
And, of course, if you’re prepared, it’s also the perfect time to buy any Christmas presents.
But, despite loving the discounts that Black Friday brings, it appears that some people aren’t fans of one thing about it…
And that’s its name.
Students from Florida have said that they would support changing the name of Black Friday because of possible racial connotations.
And people have a lot to say about it…
Students at the University of Florida expressed their support for the name change in a video posted to the Campus Reform YouTube channel.
The video shows Ophelie Jacobson approaching students to ask if they will be taking part in the Black Friday sales this year.
With a large proportion saying they would not participate, Jacobson went on to ask the students what they thought of the name and whether they would support renaming the day.
“Honestly, I’m down to rename that. I don’t like the name Black Friday,” one student responded.
“I never really have since I was small. Whenever I would go to stores, everything would be jammed packed and I would see workers, kind of, it sounds wrong, but they would lean more toward the lighter skinned people.”
“I mean, I think it’s definitely a valid opinion,” another added.
“I kind of agree it should be changed just because Black Friday sounds offensive.”
Jacobson then explained to the students that the “term Black Friday has nothing to do with race.”
“What if I told you the term Black Friday has nothing to do with race?” she asked. “It’s when stores are in the red, it’s said that they are not making any profits so stores say that they are in the red before the day after Thanksgiving. Then once Black Friday hits, they’re in the black meaning they are turning profits now because of all the sales.
“Should we still change it?”
Many of the students then changed their minds, saying that the name should not be changed because it’s “just a word” and “everything will be found offensive at one point.”
“No,” one student said. “If it’s not about skin color then I don’t see that there’s a problem.”
What do you think? Should the name be changed?