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Black high school students are subjected to racism in Florida. My solution? Buy Black!

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In the video below, high school students from Flint, Michigan went on a college tour in Florida. While at the Live Oak Econo Lodge in Florida, the students were harassed and subjected to racist taunts from both the customers and the staff.  Watch the video here:

My heart goes out to these children. They didn’t have a choice where to stay because their bus broke down, but you do. The reality is racism will not end as long as someone is benefiting from it. Every day I see African-Americans complain about nonBlack owned businesses disrespecting them. The offenders are hotels, like in this story, stores and other businesses.  What can we do? Ask yourself have you had enough.

It is 2015, and African-Americans have choices. Why we don’t exercise them is beyond me. Maybe it is some deep seeded belief that nonBlack “ice is colder than our own.” Maybe it is because some of us have this need to be accepted by nonBlacks because of the myth of White supremacy. Who knows? Let me tell you something. NonBlack owned does not mean superior, and Black-owned for darn sure does not mean inferior or ghetto. Here is something else people won’t tell you. You don’t have to buy from racist businesses.

Read: Barneys Racist Culture Deeply Ingrained In Store, Insiders Say 

Look, aren’t you tired of going to nonBlack beauty supply, clothing or electronics stores where they follow you around the store? How about going to dirty stores in Black neighborhoods with bullet proof windows where they won’t hire Black employees? Aren’t you tired of going to hotels and restaurants where they treat you like they are doing you a favor by serving you? Aren’t you tired of being treated like the help instead of a paying customer? That’s not superior service. That is inferior service. They will never accept you because they benefit from the myth of Black inferiority.

I am done and you should be too. Say enough to marching, protesting or begging for crumbs or acceptance. Stop making these people rich. Go where you are wanted and support Black businesses, including the ones listed below instead.

“Forget Amazon, Macy’s & MAC! Here are over 20 Black owned online fashion & beauty businesses you should buy from now!”

“Its vacation season Here’s a list of Black owned hotels, golf courses and other travel businesses that will respect you and your Black dollar!”

A revolution starts between two ears. Start your revolution today!

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  1. JamaicanWomanAMK 21 April, 2015 at 17:14 Reply

    So terrible to hear that racism still exists in the minds and hearts of many in our communities. I have suggested that that more Black students attend a racially diverse or even an HCBU for college so that they don’t have to go through such painful experiences. I know because I went to mostly White schools growing up and faced racism too.

    Now I will be attending a racially diverse college and I look forward to it.

  2. Barbie 25 April, 2015 at 18:04 Reply

    Thanks for allowing us to share our experiences in this blog. My daughter had a similar experience during a high school trip here in Canada. I had a similar experience in university while on a field placement. At least you Americans can sue and allow your voices to be heard. Here in Canada, no one would take the case, if you tried to sue and you would be seen as the problem. If we don’t shelter each other from this type of assault who will? We need to form black privilege. There is white privilege, Asian privilege, East Indian privilege, and Lation privilege and etc but sadly, there is no black privilege. Black privilege starts when you buy black. I often wonder, why are black people more concerned about the few blacks who date/marry none blacks but ask those same people to buy black and they grow silent.

  3. reality_check 26 April, 2015 at 03:05 Reply

    Black people need to OVERstand that racism isn’t going anywhere as long as there is white supremacy. Whites are NOT going to change their hearts and minds all of a sudden and share their power with us. So, either we work to eradicate white supremacy, or we work to build black influence.

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