Heartfelt sympathies to the family of Jdimytai Damour.

I am absolutely disgusted at the repugnant actions of some of my fellow human beings; how selfishness and greed create such a level of blindness I can’t even begin to comprehend. Black Friday indeed.

Early Friday morning, Jdimytai Damour was trampled to deathtrampled to death – by a stampeding mob of people who apparently couldn’t wait another five minutes to get their hands on cheap goods likely produced in a ethically- and environmentally-questionable manner. How is it that we as human beings can walk over and kill another human being? How can we do it in the name of bringing joy to those we love by having the right gift under the Christmas tree? And, how is it that, when confronted with the monstrosity of what has just occurred, we can callously disregard what has happened because we’re busy and have schedules to keep:

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”

And the officials are asking the wrong questions:

“Where were the safety barriers?” said Bruce Both, [Local 1500 of the United Food and Commercial Workers] union president. “Where was security? How did store management not see dangerous numbers of customers barreling down on the store in such an unsafe manner? This is not just tragic; it rises to a level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-Mart.”

Here are the real questions: How can we consider this so-called ritual of Black Friday acceptable? How is it that we continue to consider this idea of releasing all holiday sales, bargains and special merchandise on one day normal, especially with the advertising efforts to whip the consuming public into a frenzy? Why do we allow retailers to bring about the conditions for mass hysteria and mayhem? Are there no laws against raising a mob? Certainly, even the lead investigator, Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, recognizes this was hardly unforeseen:

He called the scene “utter chaos” and said the “crowd was out of control.” As for those who had run over the victim, criminal charges were possible, the lieutenant said. “I’ve heard other people call this an accident, but it is not,” he said. “Certainly it was a foreseeable act.”

Events like this only suit to reinforce how I already feel about the lunacy of the entire situation. This whole idea of shopping for obligatory gifts has bothered me for some time, and events like Christmas are particularly quite difficult for me on a moral level. So, if you were thinking about buying me a Christmas present this year and you haven’t yet, please don’t. Donate it to a cause you think is worthy- something that helps the working poor would be really nice.


5 comments on “Heartfelt sympathies to the family of Jdimytai Damour.

  1. David Ruby says:

    I agree with you completely – my heartfelt thoughts and prayerw go out to the family and friends of Jdimytai Damour. The brutal death of this young man coupled with the ammoral crowd that committed this murder is a warning to all of us. For those of us who still have any sense of community, spirituality or duty to our fellow man, let this be a time of sharing our thoughts and commitment with all those around us. This hideous act must not go unpunished or forgotten – may ”Black Friday” now be known as J-Damour day.
    David R

  2. Maureen says:

    Do you have nieces or nephews yet? There are certain expectations that go along with Christmas, and it’s with the kids that I have the hardest time breaking with traditional gifts.

    But the Wal-mart murder? Disgusting. Simply heartbreaking.

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  4. kimberlyhogg says:

    As of yet I don’t have any nieces or nephews, and I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with that when the time comes. I’m sure it will involve sitting down with my sisters and figuring out what is best. Right now, however, I don’t want to perpetuate this in my own life, and so if I don’t specifically need something, I don’t want it. I have enough crap in my life. It’s especially difficult to accept gifts when I know so many aren’t getting their basic needs met.

  5. Donna says:

    This year instead of multiple gifts being sent to you we have supported a little 5 year old girl from the Congo- Abbigayle. It costs us about 40.00 a month and could change her life forever I only pray it does just that!
    Thanks for encouraging us to think beyond our borders..

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