Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Black Friday

I don’t often comment on current events but I feel compelled to opine on the appalling and wasteful death which occurred at the Walmart store in Valley Stream, N.Y. last week.

I wish to extend my condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Jdimytai Damour. I am hopeful you find some solace knowing this terrible loss has brought the meaning of Christmas into sharp focus – regrettably by underscoring what the season is not.

Walmart is not to blame for this tragedy nor is the mall security, the police or the media. Every rabid consumer queued up at that Walmart is to blame for the death of Mr. Damour. If you were there and did nothing to quell that roiling crowd you are an accomplice to murder.

I have been in similar situations; masses jostling, pressing and fighting to gain entry. It is a dangerous scenario and one that prompts, nay, demands rational thought.

For those who made the choice to huddle outside the doors of that store on this truly Black Friday, rational thought failed. Instead, wild, ignorant, and destructive lust ran wild. And for what?

On November 28th a man was killed in a rush for cheap DVD’s and those who stormed the doors are culpable.

It is, I hope, the nadir of our shameful consumerism.

"I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed."
-Jonathan Swift

5 comments:

JustRun said...

No matter how many times I read about this, I still cannot comprehend that. Who feels themselves walking on a person and keeps going? I just cannot understand.
Prayers for this man's family.

Anonymous said...

Josh,
I cant stop talking about this over and over again not to mention it eats me inside!!! It blows my mind that people literally walked on this person w/o a care!!! My prayers go out to his family as they cope with his death. It's extremely sad!!
Janine

Deene said...

I cannot understand it either, what was so terribly terribly rare in Walmart (of all places) that a life was lost. many of forgotten the true significance of Christmas.

Alan said...

Josh,

I agree with your sentiments but disagree on Walmart's culpability. They have done everything in their power to breed the mania for cheap DVDs. Yes, we are all responsible for our own behavior but Walmart absolutely bears responsibility for doing nothing to manage the human stupidity they engender.

Alan

Yvonne said...

I absolutely agree with Alan. But I also do not for a second understand people who a) shop at Walmart anyway, given it's proven complete lack of ethics across the board and b) people who would spoil their Thanksgiving by getting up at 4am on the Friday afterwards to save a couple bucks on some crappy piece of shit.

Everything about this story infuriates me and makes me dispair more about this country.