March 10, 2009
Fascinating piece here about a black Chicago couple living in an upper-class white suburb who are going out of their way to “buy black.”
Oak Park couple travel far and wide to buy only from black-owned businesses
Ebony Experiment encourages other African-Americans to do the same
By Ted Gregory | Tribune reporter
March 9, 2009
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Maggie Anderson drives 14 miles to buy groceries, which might seem curious given that she lives in bustling Oak Park. She and her husband, John, patronize gas stations in Rockford and Phoenix, Ill. They travel 18 miles to a health food store in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood for vitamins, supplements and personal care products.
The reason? They want to solve what they call “the crisis in the black community.” They want to, as they say, “buy black.”
The Andersons, African-Americans who rose from humble means, are attempting to spend their money for one year exclusively with black-owned businesses and are encouraging other African-Americans to do the same. It is part experiment, part social activism campaign.
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Well, if a “white” (What does that label mean?) did that, they’d call it racism.
And, it’s inefficient. 14 miles times 2 / 20 miles per gallon times 2 bucks per gallon means that they are paying a $2 dollar “black tax” on every grocery order. That two bucks could by something they could use. (A can of tuna for when prices soar in the coming inflation! Int heir children’s college fund
And, harmful. When they decide to discard this experiment, the business will be hurt. They will have had a years experience making more and when it stops, they will be confused and worse off. Heaven help them, if the decided to “expand” or otherwise count on this “new business”.
Now even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And, the beauty of America is that you can do that “pursuit of happiness” stuff however you want. But, don’t go into the media seeking sainthood.
DIdn’t Martin Luther King WANT to patronize those white-only lunch counters? I’m sure it wasn’t for the food. It was the principle.
Nope, racism is wrong. For the principle it violates. “All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
Among these is the right to be a fool!
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