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A new wrinkle in the lead up to Christmas 2015 comes from the lips of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan who is encouraging black consumers to boycott Christmas claiming “white business” enjoys a bonanza thanks to black consumers.

Quoting Martin Luther King, Farrakhan said, “He said ‘we have to find a way to redistribute the pain,’ He talked about going to businesses that benefited from black dollars and he said, ‘We have to now withdraw our economic support, so that those who give us pain can receive some pain in return.’”

Farrakhan quickly added this disclaimer, “We intend to boycott Christmas, but not Jesus. We think that they have taken advantage of us and our consumer dollars by materializing the respect and honor of Jesus and making it a bonanza for white business.”

This is part of what is being called the “Justice or Else” campaign. ““So the ‘or else’ for us is you’re either going to treat us right or we’re going to withdraw our economic support.”

Farrakhan lamented how “a white man from the North Pole with eight reindeer can knock Jesus to the curb” and even suggested that pastors all across the country shouldn’t even be buying Christmas trees.

This rhetoric is coming at a time when racism has entered the public dialogue about Christmas like no other time in history.



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Steelwheels

I'm thinking that Mr. Farrakhan's audience and especially those influenced by what he says are not going to have an impact on the revenue generated by Christmas shoppers.

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Santa Caras

All I'll say is, consider the source.

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Santa Castor

Let me see if I understand. A leader of the Nation of Islam is telling his followers to economically boycott Christmas retailing.

Thanks. Back to your regularly scheduled program.

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Michael Rielly

Let me see if I understand. A leader of the Nation of Islam is telling his followers to economically boycott Christmas retailing.

Thanks. Back to your regularly scheduled program.

 

I was thinking the same thing. I'm pretty sure they are not buying Christmas presents for friends and family.

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Santa Bob of Tulsa

I am always amazed at some peoples need to feel threatened. Why do people need this rhetoric in their lives. What purpose does it serve. There are bloggers, political pundits and fools who feel they have to be the chicken little of their world screaming, "The sky is Falling!"

The hardest part of having a quiet, peaceful and happy life is knowing when to turn the bullsh*t off. Christmas is going no where, it's here and nobodies coming for it. You may disagree, not because there's proof,  but if you were honest, by your need to think so. A type of Barron Munchausen by Christmas.

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Elf Without Jingles

Hmph! Here comes this guy again! Y'know, back in the day, we used to believe that Santa was everywhere, that all we needed was to just say "Merry Christmas!" and that was pretty much it! And more, we liked it! Call me an old bump-on-a-Yule-log all you want, but, honestly, can't we put our differences aside for at least six weeks out of the whole year, and let us get our work done without some angry guy getting on our case!

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Santa Arthur

Why doesn't he promote his views in a more positive way?  Instead of dissing Christmas, it would be better to promote Kwanzaa as a celebration more consistent with his values.  Kwanzaa downplays the commercial aspects of the season and relates to black culture. 

 

There is room for many celebrations during the Holiday season including other ethnic and religious celebrations.  Remember that Christmas originated in part to replace the pagan celebrations that took place around the time of the winter solstice.

 

                                                                       Santa Arthur Bahl

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SCSanta

Why doesn't he promote his views in a more positive way?  Instead of dissing Christmas, it would be better to promote Kwanzaa as a celebration more consistent with his values.  Kwanzaa downplays the commercial aspects of the season and relates to black culture. 

 

There is room for many celebrations during the Holiday season including other ethnic and religious celebrations.  Remember that Christmas originated in part to replace the pagan celebrations that took place around the time of the winter solstice.

 

                                                                       Santa Arthur Bahl

 

You are absolutely right...it would be better. But not easier! It has always been easier to destroy than it is to build...easier to knock someone down than it is to lift someone up. Unfortunately, there are folks that are so fond of the spotlight, that they will do anything to keep it on themselves. 

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