Anti-White Discrimination: Couple’s ‘Buy Black’ Experiment Becomes a Movement

Posted on May 22, 2009. Filed under: Culture, Reverse Discrimination |

Oh my word, are you kidding me?? If we started a movement to only ‘buy white’, we’d be crucified!! I am getting so fed up with this tolerance of racism against whites! This woman states that ‘my people have been here 400 years and we don’t even have a Walgreens to show for it.” Hey, it’s not our fault if not enough blacks use the opportunities presented to them in this country! You have the exact same opportunities to own a Walgreen’s as the rest of us, so do the work and own one!! Wahhhhh, wahhhhhhhh, wahhhhhhhhh, blah, blah, blah. I am so sick of the ‘poor me’ mentality. If you worked half as much as you whine, you’d be filthy rich! I want someone to start a ‘Buy White’ movement and let’s see how quickly the double standard comes into play.


Couple’s ‘buy black’ experiment becomes a movement

5/12/2009, 3:08 p.m. EDT


The Associated Press 

(AP) — ATLANTA – It’s been two months since 2-year-old Cori pulled the gold stud from her left earlobe, and the piercing is threatening to close as her mother, Maggie Anderson, hunts for a replacement.

It’s not that the earring was all that rare-but finding the right store has become a quest of Quixotic proportions.

Maggie and John Anderson of Chicago vowed four months ago that for one year, they would try to patronize only black-owned businesses. The “Empowerment Experiment” is the reason John had to suffer for hours with a stomach ache and Maggie no longer gets that brand-name lather when she washes her hair. A grocery trip is a 14-mile odyssey.

“We kind of enjoy the sacrifice because we get to make the point … but I am going without stuff and I am frustrated on a daily basis,” Maggie Anderson said. “It’s like, my people have been here 400 years and we don’t even have a Walgreens to show for it.”

So far, the Andersons have spent hundreds of dollars with black businesses from grocery stores to dry cleaners. But the couple still hasn’t found a mortgage lender, home security system vendor or toy store. Nonetheless, they’re hoping to expand the endeavor beyond their Chicago home.

Plans are under way to track spending among supporters nationwide and build a national database of quality black businesses. The first affiliate chapter has been launched in Atlanta, and the couple has established a foundation to raise funds for black businesses and an annual convention.

“We have the real power to do something, to use the money we spend every day to solve our problems,” Maggie Anderson said recently at a meet-and-greet in Atlanta. “We have to believe that black businesses are just as good as everybody else’s.”

Now, the Andersons are following up with 4,000 people who signed up for the experiment on their Web site to gauge their commitment and set up online accounts to track their spending. Hundreds have also joined the experiment’s Facebook page, Maggie Anderson said.

Gregory Price, chairman of the economics department at Morehouse College, said black visionaries like Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey made similar calls to action.

“The idea is a sound one, given that black Americans are still underrepresented in the ranks of the self-employed and that entrepreneurship is a key component to wealth,” Price said.

There are one million black businesses in the United States accounting for more than $100 billion in annual sales, according to the National Black Chamber of Commerce. The latest U.S. Census numbers report that blacks have more than $800 billion in expendable income each year.

The Andersons track their spending on their Web site and estimate about 55 percent of their monthly spending is with black businesses for things like day care, groceries, car maintenance and home improvements.

One of the businesses highlighted by the Empowerment Experiment is Brenda Brown’s Atlanta wine boutique, a shop with a growing black clientele. She said the project can help overcome the problems many black consumers lament.

“When we were a community of black folks who could not go to the white stores, our community of black stores flourished,” Brown said. “When we were given the opportunity to go into the white store, it was like nothing else mattered anymore and we wanted to go to the white store, regardless of what the black store provided. We could have the same or better products if we supported (black businesses) in the same way.”

Lewis Peeples, 45, lives in a black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta but didn’t think to spend his money with black businesses until a friend told him about the project.

“So often, we make purchases and decisions and aren’t even mindful that there is a a need to support our own businesses,” said Peeples. “Now, I’m reaching out and making sure I know that I have an option when I look to make a purchase.”

Two months ago, he committed to patronizing black businesses and found a black dry cleaner 10 minutes from home. Even when he was dissatisfied with his black doctor, he was able to find a new one. He suggests both to friends and refers others to the experiment’s Web site, where he tracks his expenses.

Dallas Smith, who owns a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta, said mainstream retailers have undervalued black consumers. He lives in a black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta, where he tries to dine at black restaurants. He lamented the lack of quality businesses catering to black customers and said blacks should appreciate such businesses more.

“We’ve still got that ‘the white man’s water is colder’ mentality,” he said. “We can’t take us for granted. When we go to our establishments, it’s almost like we’re doing a favor. That ought to be a given for us.”

The Andersons remain encouraged by their momentum online and in the media. At the end of 2009, they hope to show $1 million in spending with black businesses among supporters across the country.

“The response has been so huge,” Maggie Anderson said. “We think so much can come out of this. We’re in movement-making mode now.”

Price, the Morehouse professor, said defining the project’s success won’t be easy, since the real barriers to black advancement are poor access to capital and lack of training opportunities.

“It would be nice to see some real, hard data,” Price said. “Otherwise, it could just be an episode of ethnic cheerleading.” 



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6 Responses to “Anti-White Discrimination: Couple’s ‘Buy Black’ Experiment Becomes a Movement”

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I’ve read your profile and have also viewed your introductory statement about beginning a “White Movement.” Since you have a “love for God” (assuming you also a true Christian, not a social, cater to the opinion of people in the world, but govern “yourself” according to the Word of God in Christ Jesus, which transcends race or gender), as a Black man, I can say this to you and there should some agreement among us.

First of all, if the whole thing with “racism” had never existed in the first place, we as people would not have this problem. White people clinging to the Bible but being very racist and hateful towards the darker person, but screaming Christian! Also, the Black folks clinging to the Bible, but claim they can’t stand White people, and moreover, engaging in violence against our own kind…. I made certain I covered both bases here, so no one can have anything crazy to say. Don’t get political, just address it as it is – let a spade be a spade here.

Now, you’re right in part… some of us do have the same opportunities in this country. But you have to think about it seriously and realistically. It’s nothing wrong with buying from White-owned stores or whatever the case may be, especially if the product or service is good and you’re treated w/ respect. Same goes for any Black goods and services. Poor goods and services are a different story though.

There is a difference that is rather uncalled for, however. As a Black real development sales person, I get told “not interested” as soon someone White sees the color of my skin. We even experimented with tests (I have good colleagues who are White, and saw proof of what was happening), and used non-Blacks to give the exact same pitches. I don’t even have to tell you the results we found, but it left my White colleagues very angry and disappointed, saying things about their race they shouldn’t be saying. Yet why won’t White buy from me because I’m Black? I didn’t do anything wrong or disrespectful… I patronize their businesses all the time because it’s about the product and not the person. If Whites needed more to patronize them because they were a lacking segment, I’d do because of the love of the Lord, that allows you to help, love, and treat all men as “a brother/neighbor,” regardless of what he looks like.

Yet, if Asian, Indian, and other different races of people build businesses and patronize themselves because in a mostly-White dominated environment, those people won’t buy from them in a manner that will keep them afloat, why is this bad? I don’t get it. Even when they are in environments where White people are not in the majority, they will only buy White. Yet the Asians and other non-White races do their business and keep their mouths shut…. paying the bills and feeding their families. Why is it bad if a Black family needs other Blacks or non-Whites to buy from them, so they too can feed their families and not have to resort to crime or working for someone else? If enough White won’t buy goods that useful to them simply because the merchant is Black, who else can these merchant depend on to help to grow and thrive, offering good service to all men, so that eventually they own that Walgreens’ or that Walmart that’ll service “everyone?”

I feel if we got rid of the color/race classification, and just went with blood type, we’d be better off. We wouldn’t have to worry about racism, because race wouldn’t matter. But there will always be those few with evil in their hearts that will continue to be thorn in the side of positivity and harmony.

FYI: I see that hate government involvement – if they are wrong, then the Lord will hold them accountable. Hopefully, you’re not one of those fake holy-holy Catholics, or flaky Christians, who do the good on Sunday, but live with hate in your heart for your neighbor Monday through Saturday. We just have to keep it real, get rid of ALL RACISTS no matter the color, and live peaceably. Feel free to respond. Blessings.

I felt the terrible sting of racism in 1972 when I was denied employment with the local Gas&Electric company because “the Government told us we needed more black people.” So much for equality.

race doesnt matter, people. whites are no different from blacks are no different from asians. we are all the same. the only thing not on your face that changes consistently by race is skin color. oh, wow, that makes soembody different, now doesnt it? race is never more than skin deep. and treating someone any differently because of race is both morally lacking, and logically incorrect.

Azreal, not to burst your bubble. But there actually is a difference between races. In fact it’s scientificaly proven. And if there is, in fact, “no difference”. Why is it, that Asian and European born countries have flourished for thousands of years. While Africa stays to this day very tribal. And why is it, that while blacks are a minority, they are responsible for violent crimes than every race combined in the U.S.? I am in fact not a racist. I would like to see more Colin Powells and Barack Obama’s. It would give us all great hope for our future. I’ve actually sat for hours with a good friend of mine. Who grew up in the ghetto of Chicago (yes he is black). About why he thinks he made a success of his life, and others didnt. His words were that “In the culture he grew up in. Education was spit on. Most people looked down on him for persuing college”. This isn’t meant to be derogotory towards any race. But, the simple fact of the matter is. Whites and Asians focus their children on education. Its not the media, and its not “The Man” keeping them down. It’s the fact that the majority of people in their race, focus on anger and sports above education. I completely agree that i i supported only “white stores”. That every “anti-racist” (yet pro-white racist) organization in the U.S. would be attacking. And it would be featured on the 10 o’clock news. As a “neo-nazi” idea. I am a Christian. And i support fully the idea of diversity. However the truth hurts. And i’m sorry, but there is no need for the NAACP, or the Negro College Fund, or Affirmitive Action. What there is a need for, is a focus on education, not guns and sports. Supporting “black business” will get you nowhere. Change your roles in society. And be a role model for your children. If no one has noticed yet. We have a black President. No one, that’s right, NO ONE! Is holding you down, but yourselves. Like the original poster said “If you focus on workin half as much as whining, you’d be rich”. And to TeRal, I’m sorry people havent bought from you. And being covered in tattoos i know what you mean. But, just like my reputation comes from violent tattooed people. So yours comes from violent colored people. Keep doing what you’re doing. And make the future a better, and safer place for all people.

Your explanation is on point but I’ve learned that whites are incapable of understanding the black plight, seeing themselves as victims, regardless of their system of white supremacy and white racism. Giving them truth is simply casting pearls before swine, as the bible states.

Why is pro black anti white and prowhite not antiblack? do you people think you still “own” us? I think so. Why are you up in our business? We spent over 850 billion, after tax, in the economy, as disposable cash. almost 100% went into white, asian and hispanic hands. Prior to the civil rights movement, designed to suck black dollars out of the now destroyed black community that existed prior to the civil rights movement, run by the black boule, our dollars circulated 27 times before leaving our communities. There were more whites in prison percentage wise, the black family was intact. Whites make trillions of dollars on black talent in entertainment and sports. They own all black music now through the WMG. All distribution channels are owned and run by whites. We want our money back into our communities like every other race has in this country. It’s gonna happen regardless of what whites think because you don’t own us and regardless of your disparaging, your put downs and your racism, we have God on our side. He knows you devils, including your white version of jesus. Even the rap industry is owned and run by white men, including 100 rap publications, putting in their evil and poison, to destroy our youth.

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