African-Americans spend less money in black-owned businesses than other racial and ethnic groups spend in businesses owned by members of their groups, including Hispanics and Asians; and,
- Shopping myths and notions that have been passed down through generations that every other race (especially whites) can offer African-Americans more for less that we can offer ourselves.
The bottom line question remains this: Should black people go out of their way to patronize black-owned business? My unanimous answer; F*ck yeah we should!
Rapper Bobby Ray Simmons aka B.o.B said it best on his mixtape New Black on the song titled New Black:
“I’m not even against the whole movement. Like I’m not even hating on it. It’s just, if we put that energy into ourselves. And into our community. And not so much into complaining about how we’ve been done wrong. And, and we have been done wrong, but it’s like. We gotta stop just saying the same thing and do something different. All this energy that we’re putting into protesting. We should put it into our community. Put it into start up businesses, put it into your kids. Put it into your community. Start our own businesses. So we don’t have to support all these other businesses.”