Black Friday is so-called because it is the day most retailers move from being in the red to being in the black as the holiday shopping season kicks off. It is also the day when millions of Americans, having given thanks for what they have, engage in unarmed combat to get more. Finally, and this seems to be the start of an annoying tradition, the day of frenzied shopping is serving as the occasion for Black Lives Matter to become annoying in pursuit of its cause.

Pajamas Media reports that the Black Lives Matter movement is planning to disrupt shopping in Seattle and Chicago with demonstrations to draw attention to the shootings of African Americans by police officers.

The announcement is pregnant with irony since some neighborhoods in Chicago have become war zones in which young African Americans are slaughtering other African Americans in gang-related shootings. How getting between thousands of irate shoppers and their desired smartphones and video game consoles will lend sympathy for any cause is a question left unanswered.

Meanwhile, according to the Global News in Canada, a boutique clothing store in Toronto is in hot water for conducting a Black Fridays Matter sale.

The Canadian branch of Black Lives Matter is taking a dim view of this little bit of whimsy and is crying racism. The store has apologized, but apparently that gesture has not gone far enough.

To be fair, BLM is not the only group planning Black Friday protests. In New Jersey, a group is planning a rally outside a Walmart demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, deaf to the pleas of small business that such a move would be devastating.

The Mint Press notes that activists in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement plans to conduct Black Friday protests against Hewitt Packard for providing various products for Israeli security services. The BDS movement has been condemned as anti-Semitic because it targets only Israel and not other countries, such as Iran, Russia, and China, with far worse human rights abuses.

And so, political rancor and conflict begin to intrude into the start of the holiday season.

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