Posted by: r.m. | December 2, 2008

the violence of consumption…

the violence of consumption became quite literal when a man was trampled to death as shoppers broke down the door to get their hands on sale items. The 34-year-old worker Jdimytai Damour was killed after a crowd of 2,000 broke down store doors and ran over him shortly before the store”s schedule 5 a.m. opening.


“I see this death, this untimely death, as the time to enlarge the moment and look at how stores have protected American shoppers from violence and companies like Wal-Mart make it seem like there is no violence in the consumer cycle. This is the huge cycle of violence beginning with resources extracted from the earth and ending with things return to landfills and poisoning our water. So this moment is something we all have to enlarge, we have to look to, we have to learn from it and we have to educate ourselves. As citizens, we have to understand our culpability, but we also have to hold these corporations responsible.”



  1. Oh my God!i don’t think i’ve ever heard of anything this sad and barbaric.And all this for meaningless things that indeed begon with “resources extracted from the earth and ending with things return to landfills and poisoning our water”.A life was lost and four people were injured,and in the end we’re harming our planet as well.

  2. This really is horrifying, a man was killed because shoppers couldn’t wait to get in? If human life now is apparenty invaluable to these people, can you imagine their reaction when you tell them these prouducts are harming the planet as well.

  3. People have killed a man because they wanted to buy items on sale while this man is protecting the door…hmmm..Who is to blame?
    Well, we cant blame people, because they didnt intend to do it. They wanted to buy unexpensive stuff during holiday season, and they are right. Christmas is on the doors, and there is lots of things to buy and lots of money to spend…
    So here it comes to money…Money rules the world. Not only Wal mart, but all companies want financial benefits, and they are acting insanly…If the prices are already reasonable they wouldnt have caused the massive attraction of consumers during sales… and they would have saved a life!

  4. that was just to get resources for lower prices, imagine when after sometime resources have become much less and worth more money?

  5. sick needless greed and materialism at its worst. i guess one should never shop on a Black Friday. this just disgusts me. how tragic for the man’s family. people are really pathetic. i hope they think of him when they’re using that tv/toaster/whatever they thought was so important

  6. crowds..i despise them..i just stay out of them. and like adeeb mentioned i guess no one should out for shopping on a black friday. im quite a small person and my experience with large groups of people taught me early on how mindless and dangerous they can be. They can be panicky and mean-an animal unto themselves.
    This should have never happened……………….:(

  7. “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” –Morrie Schwartz

    “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” –Edwin Way Teale

    I have nothing to add…

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