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."