It’s not a race thing, it’s not an ethnic thing, it’s a community thing. Americans are quick to become defensive when we as African-American declare to “recycle the Black Dollar”. “Support Black Owned Businesses”. We are not seeking exclusion, we are seeking inclusion in the American Dream. I stand by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, in his I have a Dream Speech, saying : “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check…It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. (My Lord) Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds… We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. (Sure enough) And so we’ve come to cash this check (Yes), a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom (Yes) and the security of justice. (Yes Lord) [enthusiastic applause]”
I want my check. I am an African-American Female Business Owner of a Natural Hand-Made Bath Body and Hair Products Company. Mainina Kiss. In the article, Susan L. Taylor revealed how “each of us has everything we need to live free and fully and wonderful.”
She cautioned, “It doesn’t mean that our lives will not fall apart.” What it does mean is that if calamity strikes, we “can use it as a wake-up call.”
Taylor later shared how the African-American community is losing ground and that we need “able, stable Black people” to “link arms and stand for something, link arms and aims with a plan.”
Earlier during her remarks, the former Editor-in-Chief of Essence said, “Every dime spent is a political decision made.”
Taylor suggested when corporations perform actions that disproportionately impact African-Americans, we as a community “need to take account of that and stand up and say to that organization, ‘This cannot happen on our watch.’” At that point as a collective body, Blacks should then apply economic pressure to the entity by refusing to patronize that corporation.
“The only thing understood in capitalism and in capitalist society is money and it’s all tied to Wall Street, it’s all tied to profit,” she said.
Later during her address, Taylor shared how taking a few minutes a day in silence can open the ears to hear the “still small voice” inside. This simple practice allowed her the opportunity, as well as insight, into how to forward her career to astounding heights.
So on today, International Women’s Day, support a Women Owned Business. #BeBoldForChange