Momentum on social media is slowing building as users take to various sites to push for a nationwide boycott of Black Friday sales. The move comes in response to a grand jury’s decision to not charge a Ferguson, Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in Aug.
The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is organising the ‘No Justice, No Profit’ boycott campaign on Thanksgiving Day (27 November), through to Sunday. Black Friday is traditionally the day that kicks off the Christmas buying period with retailers across America offering big discounts to jump-start the busiest shopping days of the year.
Dacia Polk, of the New Black Panther Party, said the coalition wants the whole of St Louis to participate in the boycott this weekend.
“We are asking you to withdraw your participation the entire weekend,” she said. “There will not be business as usual in America while our people are being killed.”
“The death of Michael Brown was groundless, was senseless, it was a miscarriage of Mr Darren Wilson’s legal duty to serve and protect,” said the Rev Spencer Lamar Booker, pastor of St Paul AME Church. “No matter how convoluting his and others’ attempt to make a legal argument, an illegal act was committed called murder.”
The push follows the grand jury’s decision to not indict Wilson for the death of Brown, which has sparked nationwide protests, particularly in Ferguson.
The grand jury decided that “no probably cause exists” to charge Wilson. Brown’s family said they were “profoundly disappointed” by the decision.
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