As the economy slides down into repression and may slide further and further in depression, it is time that we took care of our people and patronize only White owned businesses.
More and more of our people are ending up unemployed and facing poverty. We have the real power to do something, to use the money we spend every day to solve our problems. We have to believe that White businesses are just as good as everybody else’s.
So often, we make purchases and decisions and aren’t even mindful that there is a need to support our own. Now, I’m reaching out and making sure we know that we have an option when we look to make a purchase.
We can no longer take us for granted. When we go to our establishments, it’s almost like we’re doing a favor. That ought to be a given for us.
Do the above words anger you and make you think I’m being a racist? Are you incensed at reading such words today?
If so, good, you ought to be because I see the statements as racist too.
However, the words above are not mine but those of a group of Blacks in Atlanta and Chicago who are growing what they call an “Empowerment Experiment,” encouraging other Blacks to shop only in Black owned businesses.
You can read the story at Couple's ‘buy black’ experiment becomes a movement where you will also see the words I wrote above are rewrites of actual statements made by these people.
Personally, I think we are all free to shop wherever we desire, as long as we can meet the price. Individually, I also feel people should have the freedom to select an establishment by whatever criteria they choose, even if they decide to follow racial lines.
But, to come out and encourage others to follow suit based solely on race is what got Southerners in trouble years ago and accused of being racists.
As you can also see in the article, the couple that is behind this are lauded for their effort, not condemned or scolded by the AP. Even the Chairman of the economics Department at Morehouse College, a Gregory Price, claims it is a “sound idea.”
Any book on Price’s reaction if we were to begin a “Shop only whites” movement? Of course that would be racist. But, a “shop only Blacks” movement is “a sound idea.”
I thought the idea all along has been to bring us together, to unite us a people, even with our differences. Isn’t that what Democrats said as they coerced people into voting for Obama? Wasn’t he supposed to be the “uniter?”
Then why are we further apart than ever?
As I said over a year ago in my post, Martin Luther King “HAD” A Dream, Dr. King dreamed of
“one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood,” and “that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” and “one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
How will that ever happen if we continue to return to segregation by excluding our peoples from each other and applauding it?
UPDATE 1: Students across the country that belong to the Kappa Alpha fraternity are being "asked" to drop their annual "Old South" festivities due to the "insensitivity" of Whites celebrating their heritage. 'Old South' frat targeted over Confederate event.
How insensitive of the following women:
UPDATE 2: Joyce Johnson, former president and CEO of the nonprofit Black Equity Alliance says "I GOT FIRED FOR BACKING WHITE MIKE"
It appears that "encouraging" Blacks to shop only Black establishments isn't enough. Now they had better endorse and support ONLY Black candidates too.
Just more "Chains you can believe in!"