By Jason Stverak
When I was searching the web earlier today, I saw an advertisement for “Black Thursday” at Target. Certain that it couldn’t possibly be what I thought it was–might Target be kicking off the Christmas shopping season the Thursday before Thanksgiving, perhaps?–I clicked the link and learned, to my dismay, that the discount chain will open its doors and launch a massive sales promotion at 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
I’m as staunch a supporter of free-market capitalism as you’ll ever find, but this simply crosses the line. And Target will hardly be alone in uprooting its employees from the dinner table this year–Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears, and Toys ‘R Us are just a few of the other major retailers that will blacken Thursday this year by kicking off Black Friday sales in the early evening. Many Old Navy and Kmart locations will be open all day long, luring shoppers away from their families with promises of extra savings on big-ticket items.
American capitalism is the world’s most successful economic system because it combines free-market entrepreneurship with the intangible morals and values of America. Certainly, stores will profit off “Black Thursday” sales, but they’ll do so at a much greater cost to society by threatening the sanctity of a holiday that is quintessential to the American way of life.
Read More on Human Events