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*December 30, 2013 is officially the last day of the National Football League’s regular season. It is the day that the non-playoffs teams have their “evaluation meetings.”

Before 10 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time), five coaches had been fired. They called it “Black Monday.”

Now, we’ve had a Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and a Black Tuesday (October 1st, the day the Republicans shutdown the government over politics) already this year.

Not that I’m hyper-sensitive about anything black, in fact—it’s quite the opposite.

I am sensitive about the exaggerated associations to black—mostly negative and purely sacrilege, in terms of it taking on an irreverent context within American society. To refer to a day as “black” is to suggest that it was a dark or a day exaggeration (in the case of Black Friday).

Did you know that, within the last century, there is a “black” reference for every day of the week? Sometimes, when you on vacation—you have just a little too much time on our hands.

Sooooo, I decided to google every day of the week, and put “black” in front of it.

Did you know that…

Black Monday, October 28th, 1929, was darkest day in the history of American Capitalism. It was the day the stock crashed. Of course, in 2013, it’s the day losing NFL coaches learn whether, or not, they’re going to keep their jobs.

Black Tuesday, October 29th, 1929, was the day after the market crashed, causing a public panic and the biggest stock selloff in the history of the so-called “free markets” (over 16 million shares sold). In 2013, it was when the Tea Party closed the government to game our President. This had never happened before, and of course, they did to the Black President…

Black Wednesday, September 8th, 1943, was the first day a smog cloud formed over Los Angeles because of a streetcar strike—when people got in their cars and dove. By the way, Los Angeles Times came up with the name on its front page headlines. Also, September 16th, 1992, is considered the day speculators broke the pound (George Soros broke the Bank of England) when England’s government was forced to withdraw the pound sterling because it couldn’t meet the call at the European Currency Exchange.

Black Thursday, October 24th, 1929, marked the start of the market crash, when the market dropped 11% of its value in one day. On October 14, 1943, the Allied forces suffered during its Second Raid on Schweinfurt bombing in World War II.

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year—the beginning of holiday consumerism and dramatic transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. Before it was known as a shopping exaggeration day, it was host to numerous tragedies, the most notable of which was the assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22nd, 1963, a day that was dubbed Black Friday.

Black Saturday, October 27th, 1962, was deemed so because the tensions of the Cuban Missile Crisis reached its highest, putting the U.S. and the Soviets at the brink of Nuclear War.

Black Sunday, April 14th, 1935, was the worst dust storm in recorded history for the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, destroying millions of acres of crops.

Interesting, huh? And I’m not particularly a conspiracy theorist.

But it’s more than coincidence…

Now, for fun…or constructive thought…put white in front of the days of the week.

White Monday is Pentecost Monday, or Monday of the Holy Spirit. Hmmm…

White Tuesday is the baking of the buns in Sweden. Also is the day between Shrove Monday and Ash Wednesday.

White Wednesday is homecoming week for teens, or the first Wednesday of snowfall in New Orleans.

White Thursday is known as “Maundy Thursday,” the night of the last supper of Jesus Christ.

White Friday is the first Friday after the Pentecost. Also, December 13, 1916, 10,000 Austrian and Italian soldiers were killed by avalanches. Though it was one of the darkest days in history, they still call it White Friday. Hmmm…

White Saturday is the day after Black Friday, when prices go back up and only rich people can afford the prices—with the money they got from poor the day before. For real (look it up).

White Sunday is a holiday in American Samoa and in New Zealand, where you acknowledge your gifts from God, your children.

We affirm ourselves through the references of our society—and we cast shadows on social esteem in the same way. Some puns are intended. By the way, you rarely see such color based outside of Eurocentric based cultures. We have to be careful what we call things and how we associate it. We should reject negative connotation. We see it happening to Latinos too.

This Thanksgiving was called “Brown Thursday,” because some retailers opened that evening. I couldn’t think of anything more sacrilegious than getting up from a table of “thanks” to engage in some indignant, unabashed consumerism. We all need more stuff, right?

But do we need it at the expense of cutting in on humbling ourselves before God and family? Obviously, some do. They were out there. Cut dinner short to mob with other shoppers.

Brown Thursday was a success. Next’s next, Yellow Wednesday? Red Tuesday?

But I know one thing. I’m tired of hearing the word, black, associated with everything negative or extreme. That’s getting on my nerves. Esoteric topic, I know. Just one of them things that made me go… Hmmmm!!! So I wrote about it. Don’t worry. I go back to work next week.

Vacation esotericism is almost over. But the color point shouldn’t be lost.

Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D., is a national columnist and author of, REAL EYEZ: Race, Reality and Politics in 21 Century Popular Culture. He can be reached at and on Twitter at @DrAnthonySamad.

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