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Black Community; Money Talks.

October 28, 2013 by  
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( Last time I checked, we aren’t forced to sit in the back of the bus, and we aren’t drinking from separate water fountains. So why in the world would we, the Black community and other minorities, tolerate such blatant disrespect as what corporate America has shown us? As the recently reported incidents of profiling, interrogation and detainment of customers at Barneys and Macy’s have showcased, large entities from the private sector not only blatantly discriminate against us, they also establish a practice of criminalizing entire groups of people. But it even goes a step further: they insult us over and over again by systematically failing to do business with us. Companies are quick to take our dollars, but slow or non-existent to invest in our business ventures, in our ideas and in our communities. It’s time for a drastic change, and as the old adage goes, money talks.

Two years ago, Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association released a report on the state of the African American consumer. Among the findings, that study indicated that by 2015, the Black buying power is projected to reach $1.1 trillion. That’s a lot of dollars. Where and how weMoneyTalks spend those dollars will depend on who learns to recognize and value that power. From this day forth, we can no longer continue to fund companies that dehumanize us and refuse to alter their practices all around. From the lawyers to the sub-contractors, corporations must diversify who they hire and who they include in their business dealings. From the shopping floor to the boardroom, racial profiling and racial exclusion must end. And we will hold all those accountable that fail to rectify their ways.

In the late 1990s, my organization, National Action Network (NAN) and I worked with the late Johnnie Cochran to bring attention to the troubling case of four young Black and Latino men who were pulled over by the NJ State Police and subsequently found themselves in a hail of bullets. Three of the four were wounded, and in the process of securing justice for the individuals, we engaged in an overall battle to reform the practices of the NJ State Police. Because of our efforts, the term racial profiling gained national attention as many departments began looking into their own methods of policing and patrolling. Back then, and in the years that followed, I have continuously fought against strategic methods of racial profiling. But what we must now deal with in 2013 is corporate profiling. The biased practices of businesses must be called out and we must transform the way they treat, hire and interact with us.

Whether it’s Wilshire Blvd. in LA, the malls of Atlanta, Macy’s and Barneys flagship stores in NY, or the executive suites of Madison Ave., the private sector cannot continue to view our buying power as an insignificant factor. There must be mutual respect. Not only are people of color dealing with ‘stop-and-frisk’ or driving-while-Black, but we are also dealing with ‘shop-and-frisk’ and corporate exclusion. It’s outrageous enough when we must fear walking down the street in our own neighborhoods, but now we must also look over our shoulders when buying those Christmas presents. I don’t think so. Unless places like Macy’s and Barneys learn to treat us with the dignity we deserve, we should not blindly support them. And until corporate America does business with us, how can we continue to do business with them?

Change doesn’t happen overnight; it never has and it never will. But it only starts to take place when people identify the obstacles and organize methods of finding solutions. No one should ever experience the humiliation of being interrogated, berated, thrown in a cell for hours and treated like a criminal for simply making a legitimate purchase as 19-year-old Trayon Christian says he was at Barneys NY. And no one should ever be placed in handcuffs, paraded around Macy’s Herald Square and placed in a holding cell as actor Rob Brown states he was. It’s inexcusable. There’s no place for such blatant bias in society. And there’s no reason why so many corporations fail to award contracts to minorities.

We need mutual appreciation. And until we find some, you can bet that we will be speaking through the power of our voices, our actions — and our dollars.

Written By Rev. Al Sharpton

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12 Responses to “Black Community; Money Talks.”
  1. toomanygrandkids says:

    Damn, it’s the race-baiter himself. Why am I not surprised? You’ll definitely pop up when there’s a ‘so-called racist’ situation. But I really don’t wanna waste time talking to you or about you. I’ve posted enough comments about you.

    Anyway, I read online that the teenager worked overtime and saved up enough money to purchase a belt that cost $350.00. He saw his favorite rapper, Juelez(sp) Santana wearing it. I know that I’m not as young as this teen nor do I have the mind of a teenager, but I could think of a lot more other items to spend 350 bucks on other than one belt.

    And if these white-owned, high-end stores have racist employees then why are black people shopping there? I doubt very much that every black person will cease from shopping @ Barney’s or Macy’s because of these incidents.

    Also, if today’s rappers are influencing young males to buy expensive items, there shouldn’t be any need for articles such as this one. Black males, such as Christian and Brown, will continue to purchase expensive items because they can afford to.

  2. ewill says:

    OMG, I’m a little slow.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

    It means you’re trying to make money by selling your book.
    It’s an advertisment

  3. ewill says:

    Ecclesiastes 10: 16-20
    …16 Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning. 17 Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time– for strength and not for drunkenness. 18 Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks. 19 Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything. 20 Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.

    The meaning 10:16-20:
    The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, and lovers of pleasure. Slothfulness is of ill consequence both to private and public affairs. Money, of itself, will neither feed nor clothe, though it answers the occasions of this present life, as what is to be had, may generally be had for money. But the soul, as it is not redeemed, so it is not maintained with corruptible things, as silver and gold. God sees what men do, and hears what they say in secret; and, when he pleases, brings it to light by strange and unsuspected ways. If there be hazard in secret thoughts and whispers against earthly rulers, what must be the peril from every deed, word, or thought of rebellion against the King of kings, and Lord of lords! He seeth in secret. His ear is ever open. Sinner! curse not THIS KING in thy inmost thought. Your curses cannot affect Him; but his curse, coming down upon you, will sink you to the lowest hell.

  4. ewill says:

    If you want respect or feel the need for respect then show respect.
    Most blacks I meet have bad manners and no respect for other people.

    Profiling, interrogation, and detainment are different aspects of Loss Prevention(LP). Almost every person entering a store or entering a particular area of a store is profiled. A person may notice they are being watched, I have. But, if the LP officer watches a black person, it must be racial profiling. Business don’t waste their time/money interrogating and detaining people without cause. If a business doest have an effective LP program most likely they wont stay in business.

    Business does not quickly take black peoples money; black people freely give the money to a business for goods and services. That’s how business works.
    When you buy from a business, you should expect them to provide you with a good product at a fair price. Only a dumb ass , like sharpton, would expect them to provide you with a business.

    Location, location, location. Sorry, black communities are bad locations.

    Black Unity…
    Blacks can unite to march, protest, make noise, and make trouble.
    400 years later you still cant unite to help your family or friends.

    means financial independence…
    Blacks are 12% of the population and make up 39.8% of the welfare line.
    You want to be financially dependent on the government.

    And happiness.
    Blacks are never happy
    Uneducated, angry, violent, racists.

  5. Bible Eccl. 10:19 says Money answers ALL things.

  6. ewill says:

    Yes, I do believe you have had negative programming from the day you were born. Most of the programming, I believe, comes from your parents/family and black peers. You’ve been programmed to believe the distorted truth of 394 years of black history in North America. It’s easy to blame other people, especially if they are white, or situations, especially if it is slavery, too justify your condition without blaming yourself. You point the finger; I say, “Talk to the hand.”

    Yes, I have been physically assaulted because I was white but not by blacks.
    I was denied help to find a job “You are a single, white, male. There are no programs for you. Just go out and find a job.” Most the other things were denied because of my low income rather than the color of my skin. I received public education.
    Was your land stolen? Have you been shot at? Have you been experimented on?
    I think being in the military for 25 years steals part of your life and is defiantly a psychological experiment. LOL. I laugh but it’s not really funny. I just suck it up and soldier on.
    You point to a rough life; I say “Walk in my shoes.”

    No, I don’t think there is a love/hate relationship. I’m not even going to tell you all the reasons not to be a negro.

    Next: Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

  7. Northern_Magnolia says:

    What will be required to master this spending power is discipline. Ironically, the last five years have been an excellent opportunity for us to learn, and some of our people have taken a hint. Quietly, there is a little groundswell building among Black people of serious mind…

    @Terrance Amen — I do think your idea is right on time.

    @ewill — $1.1 trillion is not majority money, of course, but one has to consider, in this age of razor-thin margins for many businesses: 12 percent of revenues is more than enough to determine whether certain businesses make their quarterly numbers — and thus, where their stock goes at least for the short-term — or not. But the point is not for Black people to withdraw that spending power and destabilize the nature and face of American business in the main; the point is to take that money and build viable Black-owned businesses that provide training, employment, and resources for Black people.

    You will no doubt agree, ewill, that 150 years after slavery, it is not strictly corporate America’s job to give Black people employment; it would be better for Black people to build the structures to employ and support themselves. $1.1 trillion, withdrawn in any significant percentage from existing corporate profits, would be sufficient to command a certain amount of attention from the mainstream; Rev. Sharpton is right about that. But, Black people working together to use much of that $1.1 trillion to create opportunity for themselves and others and generating self-sustaining wealth — no matter the opinion of others, we need to accomplish that.

  8. @ ewill

    This will be the last thing I have to say about your comments. You say why am I still complaining about what happen 250 years ago, because that same racist attitude still exist today. You’re a perfect example of what I’m talking about, and because the mental affects from 300 years of negative programming still exist in my people. No it doesn’t sound like you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but you weren’t denied a job, a loan, charged higher interest rates, had your land stolen, not able to live where you wanted, denied a quality education, experimented on, shot in the street, all because of the color of your skin.

    What does being judged by your character have to do with the color of my skin? But this is how people like you think. For a person with three degrees, and you don’t understand What I always end my comments with shows your real intelligence. But I’ll tell you what it means. It means that for the last 400 years, Black people continued to be discriminated in all areas of our lives, especially economically. It means by working together, we would be much more happier if we didn’t have to depend on the government or people like you to create jobs and other opportunities for us. As far as going back to Africa, that is an option for us, but my ancestors built this country, literally.

    Without Black people, this would not be the great country it once was. You probably won’t understand this either, but you will understand this. Something must be wrong with you to come on a Black site and talk the crap you’ve been talking. I would never go on a site dedicated to a white people, because we have very little in common. You’re one of those people that have a love hate relation with us, where deep down, you want to be like us but know you can’t, so you complain about our short comings. After all, your people follow everything we do. Whether it’s music, sports, our walk, talk, even our handshake you want to be like Mike. But you can’t, so don’t be jealous, just be you.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

  9. ewill says:

    Uneducated, angry, violent, and racist.
    That is what I see in about 90% of all Negros I encounter. It has nothing to do with the color of your skin and everything to with the content of your character.
    Just because I don’t like you doesn’t mean that I’m a racist.

    I started disliking Negros when I was about 47 years old. Living among and working with Negros on a daily basis in Louisiana. Loudmouth, rude, fat, lazy, stupid people. I’m now 57. I just came back from being out of the country for about 2.5 years. My first encounter with a black…..small boy about 3-4 in a community playground. I didn’t understand what he was saying. I realized he wanted help to drink from a fountain. I helped him. His drunk mother came over and started yelling at me.

    You are right. The term ”all men are created equal” didn’t include Negros. It was used in the Declaration of Independence and applied only to white male landowners. Hypocritical forefathers? No, they just didn’t consider you!
    So, you gonna whine about something 250 years old and call me a racist?

    My Grandfather was a cotton farmer, moved the family up north to work in the factories.
    My father was a high school drop out, started worked for a rich man as a gardener.
    My father also drank too much.
    My other Grandfather was an immigrant, never became a US citizen.
    My mother graduated HS but, stayed home, as was the way back then.
    They were 18 when they married. Stayed together until my fathers death at 78.
    I was born in Pontiac MI. I wore my older brothers hand-me-downs.
    One of my younger sisters was handicapped.
    My parents never took government assistance.
    I wont even go into some of the houses we lived in.
    In the third grade, the teachers told my parents not to expect too much from me, my mind wasn’t very good. In junior high, I was in Special Ed classes.
    Doesn’t sound like my family or I had a silver spoon in our mouths.
    I graduated from HS.
    I have 3 degrees now…none in English…LOL. And, I had a nice and successful military career.
    My parents took care of both thier mothers(thier fathers passed away first)until they passed away. My wife and I are now taking care of my mother.

    “Black Unity means financial independence and happiness”
    It sounds like you want blacks to be grouped together, separate and independent, and you will all be happy. Sounds like segregation or apartheid.
    Why don’t you explain your motto.

    Why do I come to this site? Because I can.
    If I’m a redneck, you must be a nigger.

    You don’t like your situation? You dont like whites around you? You don’t like being mistreated? Then just shut up and go back to Africa!

  10. @ ewill

    What do you think we’ve been trying to do for the last 300 years? But your people are still racist, discriminators, probably like yourself, based on your past comments. The fact that in 2013 we still go through the same racist discriminatory crap we went through in the past is proof, we don’t need to change, your people need to. We can’t even have our own site, without people like you butting your nose into our conversations.

    When are you and yours going to finally live up to those famous hollow words, that all men are created equal and actually live it? But I guess they weren’t talking about Black people, considering my ancestors were still slaves when your hypocritical forefathers wrote those words. Why are you on this site anyway? Don’t you have enough redneck sites to go to and talk your garbage?

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

  11. ewill says:

    Sorry, had a clitch…OMG that’s funny. anyways,

    Sharpton is another uneducated, angry, not sure if he is violant, racist.
    All your marching, protests, violance hasn’t worked. Why don’t you just become americans and work hard.
    I’m afraid your money is too small to speak for you.

  12. ewill says:

    Group Buying power Population (est.)

    Asian 1 trillion by 2017 (8%) 4.0%
    Hispanic 1.2 trillion in 2012 (10%) 16%
    Blacks 1.1 trillion by 2015 (9%) 12%
    Whites 8.9 trillion (73%) 72%

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