My black year: Maggie Anderson at TEDxGrandRapids
Chicago family Buys Black for a year. Maggie Anderson, shares her experience with that experiment.
Maggie Anderson also Author of the Book based on the experiment:
"Our Black Year"
Where are the notes??? I mean, this is THE answer, according to much of pro-Black tumbler, so I’d expect more cosigns…
This was beautiful. My friend was talking to me about this last night at dinner. & merakiandmelaninblooms be tryna tell us bout these Black owned businesses!
Yes community empowerment! Yes Afro-Cuban women!
THIS IS IMPORTANT Y’ALL.
Although not exactly on the same vein, but somewhat on the same train of thought. I was talking to someone about organizing a mass Black money withdraw protest from the ‘mainstream’ banks the other day and this discussion came up regarding banks. Here’s a list of 21 Black Owned Banks.
It behooves us Black people to exercise all possibilities, strategies & tactics NOW (as it is already very late in this game for us). The ‘powers’ are coming at us from all sides tactically and we must do the same. THIS is definitely one way to begin AGAIN to REBUILD US as in Black people.
Also, you can do a search in most places to see where black businesses are. I know how some folks feel about black businesses regarding the prices may be higher than what you may ‘want’ to pay or the quality of products may be different than what you’re use to. BUT WE ARE OUT OF OPTIONS AND RUNNING OUT OF TIME! It’s time to really get with US/Ourselves my Dear Beautiful Black People. Now you may have to mix it up because a lot of places isn’t ‘one stop shopping’ but at least spend some of your dollars in those spaces if applicable to your needs.
If you can pay the hundreds of dollars for the cars, clothes and silly hoe shit. The shoes and bags and sneakers and beyonce concerts n all that bullshit you want but don’t NEED. YOU CAN DO THIS! For the sake of a stronger Black Future. For the sake of making major moves and having a true say in what goes on out here with US. Half of the shit that happens out her to US is because of US not DOING what we need to do for US. We have our own money pumped into our neighborhoods which will make them stronger communities and we get to really have a say as to what goes on. Not simply by voting, but putting community power ECONOMICALLY behind the voting forces. That’s why you have towns that are all black but the people running shit are all white. They’re running shit off your very back because your money is theirs instead of your money being yours & ours as in community.
It really is time folks for this kind of change. No matter what you may ‘think’ or how you may feel’ about individuals or certain kinds of black folk (the thug, the bougie, and whatever other divisional description that keeps us from doing the shit WE NEED TO DO!) the bottom line, they’re killing US wholesale from every angle out here. Our Fiscal Lives, Our Mental Lives, Our Spiritual Lives, and Our Physical Lives. We stay killing ourselves in these ways by ignoring the shit we REALLY NEED TO BE DOING!
Listen no one said it would be easy or comfortable. At times revolution down right inconvenient in more ways than one. But if you’re looking for a comfortable revolution, you can go sit your easy chair havin’ ass down somewhere and stay out the way! But for those who want to get IN on this fight and make ALL THE HITS COUNT, WE MUST GATHER on all those fronts (fiscally, mentally, spiritually and physically)
We did it before and we can do it again!
Get ACTIVE and STAY CONSISTENT