Remembering Jdimtyai Damour

This is Jdimitai Damour. I am remembering him again this year, on Black Friday, as I have every year for the past several. If you are curious as to why, you can read about it here.

It’s just been a few years since his death, at a Walmart store in New York, and even in that short time it seems Black Friday has gotten even more insane. For example, tonight I read where many stores didn’t open at midnight…they opened at 10 pm.

A church member just posted that as he was driving back from Fort Worth tonight, every single Walmart and Target store parking lot was filled.

Let’s be clear: there is nothing about Black Friday even remotely connected to the real meaning of Christmas.  Not even in the slightest.

Let’s be also clear: to stand against the orgy of Black Friday is not to stand against the interests of working people. It’s to stand FOR them. It’s to stand up for better working conditions, reasonable working hours, and, by God, decent wages…so that one day folks like Jdimitai might not feel caught in a forced-choice between not making ends meet and working on Black Friday.

He still is, to my mind, still the Martyr of Black Friday. And his death, literally and figuratively, teaches volumes about what is wrong with this country.

We have not only not learned a thing by his death. Instead, year after year, we march on in an orgy of consumerism that, by its very nature, can never be sated.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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