As eager Black Friday shoppers gathered outside the Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia yesterday, longtime retail enthusiast LaKeesha Henderson began noticing something peculiar. Among the swarms of African-American shoppers waiting to get their hands on the best deals of the holiday shopping season were numerous people of a predominantly paler persuation: white people.
Upon entering the mall with the rest of the stampede of mindless shoppers, Henderson, like all those who go to the mall at 4 a.m. pushed and shoved her way to the items she wanted, ignoring ethics, and sometimes assault and battery laws, all while basing which items she hauled into her arms on their devation from suggested retail price, instead of whether or not she, or anyone she knew, even wanted the item she was holding.
When she reached the checkout counter, however, Henderson became increasingly distraught, as the Caucasian woman in front of her enjoyed sale item after sale item that she probably could have just gotten online or when many other sales began several days before Thanksgiving.
"I couldn't believe it," Henderson said. "Here I was, trying to buy gifts for my baby, and this white [expletive] in front of me has the nerve to act like she's been through what I've been through and can take advantage of prices meant for my people. We survived slavery and the civil rights movement and we can't even keep this white girl from taking the prices meant for us?"
Henderson, a 21-year old, misguided political science major attending Emory University on a minority scholarship, was unaware the term "Black Friday" pertained to the profits retailers often turn the day after Thanksgiving.
After meeting with the manager of the Lenox Square Mall Coach store, Henderson, who has never been owned as a slave, said she would consider legal action if she had to pay anymore than three-fifths of what the Caucasian woman in front of her paid.
Coach did not respond to the request to be interviewed regarding the incident. Although it is unclear whether anyone ever called them to ask.