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The Black Lives Boycott

The Black Lives Matter – Black Money Matters Boycott started today!

We have the Black Lives Matter group calling for a boycott on spending Black dollars, today, July 7th. I recently received a video in which Pastor Anthony Franklin, of Richmond, Virginia, was calling for an economic boycott by Black People also! He said that we should not get overly happy for the few changes those in power are making to appease us, because of the protest marches occurring across the United States. He feels this is only the start! He says, since they love money, we should hit them where it really hurts, in their wallets!  So, he is asking that on July10,11 and 12th; that black people do not buy anything! That we do not spend a single dollar on anything, those days!

Additionally, there are other groups and individuals calling for boycotts and reduction in spending our dollars with others and the support of Black businesses! Buying only from Black Owned Businesses! Now all of this is well and good, and I personally support these efforts! However, this is not the first time in my life that I have heard these cries for Black people to boycott  businesses and institutions; by not spending our dollars with them, for a period of time!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

What all of them are saying is has merit! They are at last understanding and acknowledging the buying power of the Black Dollar! They estimate that Black people in America have a yearly disposable income of 2.5 Trillion, 3 Trillion Dollars! That means, we earn, from all sources and spend that much money each year! I know you are asking, what do we as a people have to show for that much money? The answer is, Nothing!

We are not using that money to build any infrastructure for our communities. We are not buying businesses or creating businesses, where we can employ our own people, as other races are doing! A few of our people live well above the poverty line, but majority of our people are below middle class; daily struggling to survive! Yet we spend money like we are rich, and it grows on trees!

We are content to wait on the government to provide for us! What are we going to do when Social Security and Welfare ends, as it surely will! Maybe now, sooner than later; because the rich people are planning to devalue currency and sink the world’s economy so, they can institute their phony Bit Coin.

Black people have become consumers! We buy anything and everything we do not need!  Our dollars do not circulate but once in our community! The dollars come in and they go out immediately as we shop in other communities and not our own! We do not try to build an economic structure! Nor are we trying to create employment for our people! We will not buy from our own Black Businesses! But we stand in amazement, why there can be four Hispanic Food establishments; on four adjacent corners and all four of them are thriving businesses! The answer is simple! Hispanics support “their own kind!” Hispanics buy from Hispanics! They make sure their people get their business first!

So, let me understand this! Those calling for a boycott are asking that we punish the White institution and business structure economically; by not giving them our money for a few days? That by this action we will be able to demand reform of the systematic racism in government, institutions, and businesses across the USA!  Am I correct?   I think these organizers are forgetting or not considering one especially important aspect of boycotting!

The idea of the Boycott was birthed by the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott of 1955, sparked by Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger! Dr. King joined in the protest a few days after her arrest!

What our current organizers are overlooking is that this economic boycott of the Transportation institution, was not a few days affair! From start to ending, it took 381 days to affect their economic structure enough to make them give up and change the law! That is 381 days of Black People sacrificing the convenience of using public transportation to achieve their goal! That was just one of the areas of institutional racism that the Boycott targeted, and it was in one city!

If we are talking about an Economic Boycott to change systemic racism across this country, it must be on a much larger scale! We are not talking about changing one small institution in one city! We are speaking of destroying practices rooted and ingrained into the very structure of this entire country! It is not just in the South or North! It is found in every State represented on the American Flag! I am by no means speaking against the organizers of this current boycott effort! However, from viewing the history and experience of others who have championed this form of protest; I just do not believe a boycott of a few days; of a few commercial businesses; in scattered areas of the country; and supported by only small groups of people; will have the desired affect! It may bring financial losses to individual businesses, only if Black Dollars represent 75-85% of their income!  I know some of you are saying, “some effort is better than nothing!” That may be true in some instances, but not in this situation!

A boycott will not work on the bases of boycotting a scattered number of commercial businesses! Meaning, it is not going to have an impact that produces change! For example, you cannot just boycott the local area stores of Walmart, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, or Taco Bell and expect to hurt them financially! You must organize and boycott all their locations in every city, of every State! That means some entity must get the word out to Black People everywhere, not shop or buy from these companies! Most importantly, Black People must be willing to sacrifice the convenience of patronizing these places to achieve the greater goal of destroying systemic racism!

Our current Black organizations have not been able to produce the leadership and guidance to our people needed to bring about the changes in this society, we so desperately need! We need leadership who is willing to stand with the people and put it all on the line if necessary! Black people are in a crunch! We are being murdered daily by the Police Agencies, which is the most violent arm of Systemic Racism! And, by the ignorant of our own people, with black on black crime! It is our experience, that systemic racism is prevalent in government and institutions, locally and nationally, everywhere!

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the Present, we have many different groups and many individuals calling for a boycott, on different days, for different reasons and against different businesses! This by itself shows the division we have as a people! We must stop bickering amongst these many organizations over who represents Black People! As black people we need to work together as one!  It would be great if we could set up one National Organization and everyone get behind it! We are fighting one another to the benefit of others! We could create one Black National Organization that can speak to and direct the activities of our people in a nationwide, by targeted boycotts and voting?

 Instead of having numerous small organizations fighting for attention, positions, and funding! These government and commercial institutions are not going to be economically impacted until they miss Black Dollars on a National scale! When they see that we as a people are willing to make any sacrifice; do without and be inconvenienced; and are willing to fight back with our dollars; then we will have their full attention!  That is the time for our National Black Organization to speak up with demands and suggestions to change the laws and policies of country and put an end to systemic racism!

At this point, I believe our current leaders and organizers may need to take a step back! Sit down together and organize a Statewide; Nationwide Boycott, targeting specific Local, State and Federal Government, businesses and institutions that are working against our interest! This must be a sustained boycott until the victory is won!  We must be in it for the long-term goal of destroying systemic racism and achieving equal justice and privileges under the law! Just some things to think about!              God Bless!

by Min. Douglas   

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