I recently visited New York around a new venture I am working on. Weeks prior to arriving I set up a few appointments to meet relevant specialists in what I am working on.
I got replies from most and gave as much information as I could to without breaching my confidentiality. At this point I notice that the black owned businesses that I had deliberately targeted seemed to be drilling me unnecessarily more than any other business. I sensed a lack of trust in them so I persevered but it got to a point where I could not give anymore information or I would be handing over my business plan!
I arrived in New York, had an excellent trip and achieved exactly what I wanted to achieve but not with one black person or black owned business as they never even met me.
I did try hard as my venture is around black women but I just found it easier to work with the people who welcomed me with with open minds and they just happened not to be black! I came back to London not as excited as I should have been despite all going so well.
Am I being paranoid or am I experiencing the age old ‘blacks will not work with blacks’ phenomena which I feel should be dated by now.
Are we still as this quote said –
“African Americans have over 700 billion dollars available to spend as they please. The most they spend with Black business is only 6-7%. That’s a major problem. That means 93%-94% of the money that Black people earn (income) is being spent with someone else (outgo). Some else is getting the “lion’s share” of our money.
Other ethnic groups spend money with THEMSELVES 3-6 times before their dollars leave their communities. Black people only 1/2 a time. There’s something wrong with that picture.”
-from www.nbbta.org < http://www.nbbta.org>
This was years back. Are we still stuck here. I know we talk a lot to each othe but when it comes to acting are still lagging? 95% of my spend in New York was in black businesses from food to skin and hair care.
I decided that my normal spend in Keihls and Aveda (which usually runs into hundreds of dollars as I stock up for myself and family, was going to be spent on black owned businesses, so without ever trying them I bought from Carol’s daughter (www.carolsdaughter.com) and Ellin Lavar (www.ellinlavar.com ). So far products are great and have no regrets as products even superior to what I bought before as it is targeted for my skin and hair.
Do you sometimes spend somewhere just because your money will go to the black community? Please let me know your views. I would love to be proven paranoid……