Rarely does a day go by that I am not frustrated by my people’s failure to recognize the correct path to political and economic power. Raising my frustrations even more is the reality that the path to racial uplift is neither rocket science or quantum physics. Nevertheless, we religiously follow the incorrect path time and time again.
I often see our people attempting to do business with non-Black business owners who most certainly do not have their best interests at heart. Put simply, these people have come into the Black community with the sole intention of grabbing our money and taking it to their community where it will be used to take care of their people. Accompanying their highly efficient attempts to grasp significant portions of Black capital is some of the rudest customer service and behavior that one could ever imagine. Put simply, they often speak to our people and treat them as if they would prefer to not have their business.
Although the conflict that commonly arises between Black customers and the aforementioned merchants for a host of reasons is predictable, there is no denying the fact that African-American customers have no problem with standing up against a gross injustice. I know that there is no need for me to relate to you that our people have very little problem standing up and expressing themselves very loudly. Unfortunately, many of our people have learned the hard way that being loud and boisterous does not increase the odds that you will receive any satisfaction in regards to this matter. Most of the time the public antics that our people have become known for, amount to little more than them ‘talking loud and saying nothing’ because their problem was neither addressed nor solved by the merchant.
If provided the opportunity, I would tell our people that cursing out a merchant or business owner is most certainly not the path to increasing the Black community’s political and economic power. Although I am certain that many would be shocked to hear me say this, such foolishness has absolutely no effect upon the very real problems facing our community. However, there is a way that we can fight against the economic exploitation of our community in an efficient manner. We must pool our resources together and pursue every opportunity to support our own, even if it costs a few more pennies to do such.
Although it is obvious that everyone in the community will not be a business owner, however, there is a role for everyone to play in uplifting the community economically. The role that Black consumers can play in our efforts to uplift the community economically is a simple one, they must spend their dollars with Black businesses; this is the only method to stop the tremendous leakage of dollars from the Black community.
When one considers that analysts have stated that the Black community had 1.2 Billion dollars in their hands during 2015, the most logical question is ‘Where did all of that money go?’ Unfortunately for Black businessmen and businesswomen is that it was placed in the pocket of non-Black businesspeople and deposited into a White bank. Consider the following, in the Asian community, a dollar circulates for a full month prior to leaving, in the Jewish community, a dollar circulates for 20 days, in the White community, a dollar circulates for 17 days, in the Black community, a dollar last for only 6 hours prior to its departure.
Consider that for a moment. And then consider it again. We must support our own.