One protest sign in particular summed up #BlackoutBlackFriday quite nicely: "Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world."
While the day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been a time for waking up at the crack of dawn to lug around piles of marked-down merchandise, today's shoppers got more than they bargained for. In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, protestors have taken to the streets to tell the world that we should all be focusing more on racism than retail.
In St. Louis, where the Ferguson jury convened, protestors staged a "die-in" at the galleria, prompting the mall to close indefinitely. In New York, Herald Square stalwarts like Macy's were confronted with placard-waving protestors, while trains at West Oakland's BART station were barricaded by people linking arms. The movement has been fast, furious, and powerful.
Deray McKesson's Twitter feed has been an excellent resource for on-the-ground coverage — including reports of shoppers stepping over those participating in the "die-in." Click through for more scenes from what has been a truly emotional day.