Introducing ‘Broke Friday’ | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Introducing ‘Broke Friday’

photo

Ken Stiggers

Smokey "Robinson" McBride: "A lot of my working-poor constituents were too broke to shop on Black Friday. They spent most of their time negotiating past-due payments with bill collectors and credit-card companies. A recently laid-off constituent stood in a long line at the Department of Labor office. A sheriff and his team of movers evicted a family from their home. An underemployed, underpaid and uninsured deejay with a toothache and bronchitis tried to apply for health-care insurance on the Affordable Healthcare Website.

"In 2013, my constituents were discouraged by past government shutdowns, insensitive political decisions, callous corporations and the increased nonsense at their mind's expense. This holiday season, my constituents know the hand they have been dealt and understand that Black Friday Door Buster sales have become blood-sucking profit ploys for corporations and businesses. One of my financially challenged constituents sarcastically re-named 'Black Friday' and now calls it 'Broke Friday.'

"I have received a plethora of e-mails and letters requesting I organize a 'Financially Challenged Broke for the Holidays Festival' at Clubb Chicken Wing's Multi-Purpose Complex. Not only will I organize the festival but also declare the first Friday in December as 'Broke Friday.'

"With help from the Ghetto Science Team's Community Improvement Association, the festival's objective is to feed the hungry, meet the needs of the poor, provide financial assistance and teach practical lifestyle skills.

"The Festival will end with the premiere screening of Kunta 'Rahsheed X' Toby's film titled 'The Holidays Will Not Be Commercialized.'"

COVID-19 has closed down the main sources of the JFP's revenue -- concerts, festivals, fundraisers, restaurants and bars. If everyone reading this article gives $5 or more, we should be able to continue publishing through the crisis. Please pay what you can to keep us reporting and publishing.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

comments powered by Disqus