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.”