Hey there, welcome to the conversation 🖤 you’ve asked a great question and whilst I’m not the self-proclaimed president of Black people I would love a chance to answer it 😁
For years, the Black community has been building up its wealth in individual households and then spending that money outside of its community. Not because some great Black owned businesses don’t exist, but more so because it was often easier to buy products from other places. Couple that with the lack of knowledge of how important it was to support our own, millions of pounds have literally passed like water outside of our community and supported others. We’ve not done so with upset in our hearts, but merely a demand mentality – the same mentality that everyone in this world has.
But now we’re beginning to change! And we are imploring you to do so as well. We aren’t saying that you should ONLY support Black owned businesses. We are asking that you support Black businesses first.
By supporting a Black owned business you’re assisting our community by ensuring that more money is pumped into it. This has an extreme knock on effect. Individual households will start to prosper, allowing parents to give their children even better futures and on some level, its my belief that unity in the community will increase if everyone isn’t clamoring for their next pound. Its a win win.
Don’t get me wrong, there are various problems in the community that money just cannot fix (no I don’t believe in ‘Black on Black crime’ so that isn’t one of the problems I’m referring to) But as we all know, a community that doesn’t have to worry about its wealth, is a happier community. A community that doesn’t have to worry about being classed as far down the totem pole, socio-economically, is also one that starts to have self pride, has an impact on those around them and is in a better situation, that then allows them to give back in other ways when they don’t have to stress and worry about financial matters.
Obviously, not every Black person you know, is going to have their own business, but its time to acknowledge that there are some amazing Black owned businesses out there. And its time as a Black community to start unequivocally supporting the community that we belong to.
For too long we have been labelled as ‘crabs in a barrel’ We at the Black Belle Review, reject that notion and implore all of our supporters to do the same, by making it a priority to support the ingenious businesses that are created and sustained by our community.