The Buy Black Empowerment Movement. Today in the black community the words Buy Black and Support Black Business are very familiar to us and others. People often speak about the good ole days when there were an abundance of black businesses in our neighborhoods.
Many argue that the end of segregation ruined that. We turned away from the businesses in our black communities and shopped at the businesses of others simply because we could. It’s been said that when we where granted the right to shop where ever we chose, that this was the downfall of black business. Instead of keeping money in our own community we began to spend it with someone else.
It’s been reported that money remains in the black community for a shorter period of time than other groups. The lifespan of a dollar in the Asian community is 28 days, 19 days in the Jewish community and 6 hours in the African-American community.
However, there are many who want to shop black, but they really don’t know how to start. For some it seems to be too much work to seek out a black business, even though there are many of them surrounding us within our neighborhoods. So one must ask how are we to shop black? Where are the resources that allow us to locate black businesses? What methods should we take to begin to learn to shop black?
Here are just a few:
- Check out a large number of local and national black directories that can be found online.
- Use your the Black pages in your area.
- Join a black business group on Facebook.
- Use the Google search engine to locate black businesses.
- Ask around; word of mouth does wonders.
- Simply stop in and visit a black business.
- Attend black business expos and even fashion boutique expos, which are recently all the rage.
- Something I’ve recently discovered are cash mobs.The concept is simple: With as little as $20 in hand, members of a community come together to shop in a locally-owned establishment to support their favorite local business.
- Download the Black Trade Lines App.
- Check out your area Black Chambers of Commerce for leads.
I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the services and products your local black business may have to offer.
There are also a number of groups and individuals that are working hard to bring awareness to the economic climate in the black community.
John and Maggie Anderson, from Chicago, decided to spend more of their income with black-owned businesses. They saw this as an opportunity to provide much-needed support to struggling black communities. They began their journey, called The Empowerment Experiment. During this time they only spent money with black-owned businesses in 2009. Their story was told in their book Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy.
Then there is also The Empowerment Tour, which grew out of The Empowerment Experiment Foundation. The mission of the tour and the foundation is to change the way blacks view themselves as consumers and to change the consciouness of Black business. Read more….
“Take personal stock and think about what you are doing in your life to support our community.”
Watch Roland Martin, Maggie Anderson, and Eugene Mitchell discuss the Empowerment Tour and the $50 Billion Empowerment Plan in the video clip above thanks to Newsone.