By: Shanae Hall
We see the hate, bigotry, mistreatment of minorities and how divided our country has become over the past year and a half. The hate that these white nationalist have is real, and it has been part of their DNA for many moons. With that being said, the reality is that we cannot beat white racism with black racism or any other form of hate. This is real life, not a game of blackjack. We can’t double down on stupid and pray for a winning hand. We have to be smarter than that. We have to start making moves that will directly impact our future and our community. So that leads me to my question, why are you twitting, posting, re-posting, and commenting on the chaos that is going on around us? Are you doing it just to provide feedback or are you doing it to make an impact in your community? If your reading this post then I’m guessing you’re not just providing feedback. I believe that you have a desire to be part of the solution.
So what’s the game plan? The bottom line is money talks, bullshit walks.
African Americans pump over a trillion dollars a year into the US economy. Where does all that money go? Straight out of our community, and directly into the hands of people that don’t give a shit about our well being. So what are some things that we can do to turn things around?
- Move a portion of your money to a black owned bank.
Most of us bank with big banks that don’t easily lend to minorities. There are 21 African American owned banks with assets totaling approximately $4.7 billion of African America’s $1.1 trillion in buying power. In 1994, there were 54 African American owned banks according to the FDIC. Now, there are 21. Wake up Black people. If you don’t put dollars in your own banks which are there to serve the unique needs of our community, who will? I just opened an account with ONE UNITED BANK online. It only took a couple of minutes and the staff was very professional.
2. Make a concerted effort to buy from black businesses.
I’m not saying drive 45 minutes to the black owned grocery store for a block of cheese. I’m simply suggesting that you make it a point to spend some of your money with a black business that supplies you with things that you were going to purchases anyway: Island Girl Natural Beauty products soap, shaving cream, body wash, etc., or visit a black owned car wash, nail shop, or clothing store. Because these stores aren’t normally on every corner you may have to put in a little extra effort that will go a long way.
3. Donate to local inner city non-profit organizations
There are a lot of national non-profit organizations that do great things for this country. However, you really don’t know how your money is being spent. When you donate to long standing local charities like Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless you get to see exactly where your dollars are going. You can see the fifty thousand men, women, and children eating the food that you helped purchase during the holidays. We have to be more targeted with how we spend our hard earned money.
The movements that we have to make in order to make our voices heard will not be an accident. This movement right here, is every bit of intentional.