What Exactly Is A Boycott?

There are times when people will refuse to purchase or boycott a product or service for a multitude of different reasons. They may be against a company, individual, or an entire country, and will try to convince others to do the same. There are many examples in history where boycotting led to significant changes in society, or changes in the way that a company manufactures a product. Let’s go over the origins of what a boycott is, and the reasons that people will actually boycott products and services from companies and countries for the purpose of inspiring change.

Origins Of Boycotting

There was actually an Englishman by the name of Boycott, an individual that was a land agent. This was back in the 19th century. It was in Ireland, a place where he owned many properties, and he refused to reduce the rent for his tenants that were farmers. It is because of this that local residents decided to avoid dealing with him at all. Today, his name is associated with any person, or group, the decides to not purchase or interact with companies or countries that they do not like for various reasons.

Examples Of Boycotting

Examples of boycotting include Pres. Jimmy Carter, back in 1980, when he stated the United States of America would not participate in the Moscow Olympics if the Soviets did not remove troops from Afghanistan. Another example, probably the most famous of all, was when Rosa Parks in 1955 was arrested because she did not sit in the right section of the bus. A community organizer by the name of Jo Anne Robinson decided to spread the word about her desire to boycott buses in Montgomery, a boycott that lasted almost until Christmas in 1956. In both of these examples, there was a very good reason for boycotting, both of which made very valid points which defined important moments in history.

The reason behind a boycott should always be one that is going to make a point, usually with the intent of causing people, companies or even countries to change. When you do not use their services, or you do not buy their products, they are going to start losing money. Sometimes the only way to get people to understand what is right and wrong is to hit them where it hurts the most. This could be the absence of an Olympic team, or in the case of Rosa Parks, it was all about how much the buses were not making when people decided not to ride. One last suggestion is to have a strong law firm back you up because if your boycott becomes serious enough, the business you are boycotting may try to take legal action.

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