There are more than 16 million retail workers in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and this year many big-name stores have asked them to work through the Thanksgiving holiday. It seems Black Friday has now become Black Thursday, and at least a dozen stores are opening their doors in the middle of turkey day.

Also, as Imara Jones reports, this year's excessive "Black Friday Creep" is a result of the government shutdown. 

Read it at Colorlines.