BUYING BLACK-4 Way to Support Black Businesses

Booker T. Washington

“At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.”

“If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.” ~Dr. Carter G. Woodson

 It doesn’t have to be local

Though supporting local Black owned businesses will greatly improve your local economy, don’t feel restricted when it comes to purchasing things you need. Local Black owned business are expanding but we still have far to go so finding specific products might require a bit of research. Thank heaven for the internet! The internet is a great tool to find products you’re looking for that are Black owned when they are not available in your area.

 Make it a priority

Black owned businesses are not always accessible. You may have heard of the beauty supply across town or the grocery store in the other county and you’ve plans to support these businesses but you never have the time. The solution is simple…make time! Being that Black owned businesses are not a dime a dozen you have to active in seeking them out.

 Don’t be put off by a bad experience

Black owned businesses are not professional. Black owned businesses are not organize. Black owned business lack good customer service. We’ve all had separate experiences with supporting Black owned businesses, some great and some…not so great :/ but we can’t let those bad businesses deter us from supporting our people.  

 Spread the word

This one simple….spread the word about Black owned businesses whenever and whenever you can. Most Black owned businesses are small and don’t have the marketing budget like larger companies and corporations so help them out. Share their social media pages, tell you friends and family. If you have your own business build a partnership with them.

 Supporting Black owned businesses goes deeper than allowing Black dollars to circulate our community longer than fifteen minutes. When we get to the point of owning and controlling resources and becoming a viable component in America, we will start seeing respect from our counterparts, from our communities and from our government.

 “At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence. “Booker T. Washington

Photo Credits for Article:  For image: Digital image. black-buying-power. Publish date unknown. Retrieved September 18, 2016. http://www.grabblocal.com/our-dollars-power/

About Author:

author-Toni-Larue

Toni Larue is an author, entrepreneur and women’s empowerment advocate. She is the author of fiction novels, Abandoned Secrets (available now) and No Kissing (release date TBD), and the co-owner and COO of Team Jon Doe Management and Entertainment and Sounwave Music.

http://www.teamjondoe.com

 

Advertisements

Is Boycotting Effective? By Toni Larue

“The majority of Negroes who took part in the year-long boycott of Montgomery’s buses were poor and untutored; but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement; one elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered: My feet is tired, but my soul is at rest.

~Martin Luther King, Jr

 It was just over 60 years ago when a woman by the name of Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a White passenger on a city bus. The controversial act lead to Parks arrests and sparked the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycotts which lasted 381 days. The 13-month protest ended with the United States ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.

We haven’t seen an impact as big as the MBB (Montgomery bus boycotts) take place in 60 years which have some people saying that boycotts are just not as effective as they once were. Is this true? Maybe! The act of boycotting isn’t what’s ineffective. I believe it’s the absence of carrying it out and the lack of productivity during and after the boycotts. Think about it. The MBB took place for 381 days. That is over a year of determination and dedication and it paid off well. The problem today is we lack the dedication and we refuse to sacrifice our temporary comfort for the greater cause.

It’s been over a month since the Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile killings. Most people were outraged and fed-up with what was happening and proclaimed to make a difference. A lot of us received text messages and emails saying boycott Target, Walmart, etc. We’ve watched videos telling us to move our money to Black owned banks. WE WERE HYPED!!!  And it lasted for about a week. Though Black owned banks seen an increase in new accounts, the journey doesn’t stop there. Just because the news isn’t talking about it, doesn’t mean we stop talking about it.  Just imagine if Blacks could unify for the greater cause for six months, one year, two years…. How amazing would that be?

Boycotting is effective if applied appropriately. It isn’t something you do as a standalone; meaning don’t JUST boycott for a few hours and spend the rest of your days doing nothing to support the cause.

Here are some tips you can do to make sure your boycott efforts are effective:

  • City specific boycotts
  • Put your money into Black owned banks
  • Support Black owned businesses

“It is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action.”

~Honore de Balzac

Photo Credits

For image: Digital Image.381 days. Publish date unknown. August 18th, 2016 https://aupushistory.wikispaces.com/Montgomery+Bus+Boycott