I have been seeing a lot of posts being written about the buy black experiment. Basically there is a group of blacks who are deciding that they are going to do the majority of their purchases from black people in their black communities. Now the problem people seem to be having with this is that they feel it is discriminatory. People feel that by deciding to support blacks in their own communities they are hurting others.
Now the problem I have with these people and their thinking is that no one ever complains about other races of people who do the majority of their shopping in their own community. Somehow it only becomes problematic when black people decide that they will support people from their own community. Why is that? Why is it that black people are always expected to give the majority of their business to white owned or other?
When are these bloggers going to write a post declaring China towns across the nation as a cradle of racism? Now California is full of Spanish communities where Hispanics shop and buy close to exclusively. No one feels that this is discriminatory because somehow we all feel that they are a close knit community just like the many Korea towns, Italian areas etc. No one cares that any of these people by deciding to buy from their own communities are helping to strengthening their communities.
I don’t see very many white people going out of their way to drive their butts into the black community and patronizing the black owned businesses there. But, I suppose they feel it is only reasonable for blacks to leave their neighborhoods in order to make sure they patronize a rainbow coalition of businesses.
Are these white people who are claiming this is racist bringing their children to black owned daycares? Do the majority of white people call the black run insurance person, car dealer, real estate agent or any other black businesses? How many of them decide that it is important to them to spend their money with a rainbow coalition of businesses? And I don’t think that going to the neighborhood Chinese, Japanese or Korean restaurant counts.
We all know that they don’t. If they did, then black businesses wouldn’t be going under, they would be doing a lot better and there wouldn’t be a need to push this buy black agenda. It never fails that people will turn this into some sort of finger pointing adventure. Not even giving one thought to how they themselves contribute to the need for black businesses to be supported by black people.
When we complain that blacks are being passed over for employment within white owned businesses, we hear that blacks should get their own businesses. As soon as a black person decide OK, they WILL patronize businesses in their own neighborhood all of a sudden they are racist. Blacks are damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
And I have yet to see ONE white person cross that divide and do their business with the black businesses in the “black area”. Did they decide they would only buy white? Or are they doing what white people have done the last decades blacks have been able to own businesses, continue to shop white.
Black businesses are disappearing left and right. But according to these bloggers that is fine as long as black people don’t decide to make it a priority to buy from those in their neighborhoods. We can go down the list of communities who patronize those of their neighborhoods. We are already being chastised for living in black neighborhoods, now we are being chastised for wanting to spend our money in black neighborhoods.