If Black lives matter so much to us, where are our boycotts and sit-ins? Where are our community programs to keep our children occupied with something more constructive? Where are our neighborhood watch programs to make our streets safe? The pride in our communities? Why aren’t we giving our children books and helping them learn instead of putting our phones in their faces?
Yes, there are plenty injustices and racism in our current world but how can we begin to alleviate that pain? It’s 2016 and these things have gone on long enough. We don’t have to be dependent. We have minds of our own, skills waiting to be acknowledged and endless possibilities available to us. Don’t cry about being oppressed and then run to your oppressor when you need something.
I’m definitely not saying we should ignore what’s being done to us. When the women in the Napa Valley Train incident were kicked off for being “loud & unruly;” boycott. Spirit Airlines kicked six Black people off of the plane because the flight attendant felt threatened; boycott. When the Black college student was arrested for buying a belt at Barney’s; boycott. Schwanke-Kasten (a jewelry store in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin) called the cops on basketball player John Henson because they were robbed recently; BOYCOTT!
Wal-Mart is continuously getting racial discrimination lawsuits yet people are still lining up at their doors ready to hand over their money. Do you love Wal-Mart? Because they definitely don’t love you (though, they do love your money).
Stop going into stores with people who don’t want to serve you. Yes, you have a right to be there but you also have the right to keep your money in your pocket or spend it somewhere else where people willappreciate your business. Not all stores are racist and it’s your job to find the ones that accept you. Why are you trying to keep racist people in business and then complain about them on social media? Does that even remotely make since to you?
I don’t think we collectively understand how detrimental a boycott can be to someone’s establishment. If there are two things that people care about the most, it’s money and power. Though power seems to be more important. Once you take away the money, you take away the power and that’s when they are willing to listen.
Do you know the story of Emmett Till? Did you know that the men who killed him had a chain of stores that went out of business because Black people boycotted them? Yes, we did more than boycott buses; way more. Reading for fun can actually give you knowledge you’d never get in school.
Sit-ins can be staged for places like restaurants, bars, and other places where we are “unwelcomed.” Which is what I wished happened at the Brig bar in Fresno, California after 2 Black women were kicked out for no reason. What else will you do when angry Yelp and Google reviews aren’t enough? Yes, they have a lawsuit on their hands but that doesn’t mean they’ll change.
We have the power to make them uncomfortable. What they don’t have is the power to refuse service. See it as an upper hand. If they say you’re loitering, order the cheapest thing on the menu and just sit there. Know that you can’t just do something once and expect immediate results. These things take time. Read this article about past sit ins:
Some of you won’t listen either because your material possessions are worth more than the good of your community or you don’t care and fail to see the injustices happening to you and the people whom you share backgrounds with. I’m writing this for the people who are ready to make a difference in America and are tired of seeing things be cast aside. This is for the people who know something’s wrong and feel like they can’t do anything about it. And I’m not only talking to Black people. Remember, there’s always something you can do. There will always be a solution to every problem. You just have to be willing to see it.