Ferguson Protesters Turn Black Friday Into “Brown Friday”

Protesters hold signs outside Macy's before Black Friday sales in New York. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
Protesters hold signs outside Macy’s before Black Friday sales in New York. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

As millions of shoppers across the country marched to stores in search of post-Thanksgiving deals, demonstrators interrupted Black Friday shopping and encouraged a retail boycott in a new tactic to protest the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, for whom some have dubbed the day “Brown Friday.”

Under the Twitter hashtag #BlackOutBlackFriday, protesters are attempting to draw attention to a confluence of issues following the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson: systemic racism, police brutality, economic inequality—and what they see as a justice system that is unwilling to address these problems.

Beginning on Thanksgiving night, activists in Ferguson and across the country flocked to major retailers with signs chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” amid shoppers rushing for discounted toys and electronics.

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