If you can’t appreciate my right to live, I won’t appreciate your right to profit!
Society always talks about the power of “black money.” Even an article I read highlighted the black community’s more than Trillion dollar buying power.
That massive buying power, in light of recent events—black men and boys being mishandled and murder by police—is now being leveraged to enact change, and it started with boycotting Black Friday.
According to reports, Black Friday (weekend) sales declined more than 10 percent … so the movement is working … and that’s lot of cash that stayed in our pockets.
That money will continue to be safeguarded until we start to see meaningful changes in the way black men and boys are treated on the local, state and federal levels.I have read and heard enough from the “enlightened” among us who believe those shootings are deserved because a black man had to have done something to deserve it.
Since we seem to have no right to live, we have every right to not bolster industries and people who don’t support and care for us. I will not spend any money moving forward that isn’t going towards a worthy cause, a white ally or businesses of color. If you can’t appreciate my right to live, I won’t appreciate your right to profit. Not one red dime of my money will be spent carelessly moving forward.
Everyone deserves the right to live peacefully in this country. And I deserve the right to keep trying to protect those within my circle of influence from harm. No matter your race or ethnicity, send the message that all lives matter. We will not remain silent. We will not lie down and watch the continuous slaughter of our black men and boys. This isn’t slavery circa 2014. People bled and died for the rights we now enjoy.
This is an excellent time for small businesses to become more visible so we, the community, can patronize them. So what will it be: Justice for our fathers, brothers, uncles and sons … or starvation of the economy?
You choose … but remember … acting like it’s not your problem will indeed become your problem when businesses who rely on the black dollar can’t afford to open their doors and jobs disappear. That bleak picture of the economy is the ripple effect of marginalizing groups of people and it’s surely America’s future if it doesn’t keep its promise of justice for all.
Thanks for reading the thoughtful musing of a DIVA!™