BIGOTRY – RACIAL: “buy only from black-owned businesses”

March 10, 2009
‘Buying black’
David Paulin

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.”,0,5889126.story

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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5 thoughts on “BIGOTRY – RACIAL: “buy only from black-owned businesses”

  1. I have been posting comments on this story at
    This is the utmost in ungrateful bigotry by the Anderson’s. It’s the worst economy since the Great Depression, jobs are being lost at a staggering rate, in some places unemployment is in the double digits, and these people want you to only “buy black”????

    This infuriates me to no end. How totally stupid is their reasoning. The black owned businesses are going to end up getting hurt by it because of the obvious resentment white’s feel by this movement. It’s a slap in the face for all white American’s have done to help black American’s succeed.

    After all, it wasn’t like the black slave union decided to have a meeting and take a vote to end slavery….Black slaves were HELPLESS to help themselves and white abolitionists through the strength and grace of God stepped up to the task before them and ended slavery. Would you boycott a store owned by the descendents of Abraham Lincoln?
    The stupidity and self-serving nature of this “movement” is so tasteless it’s nauseating. Oh and keep in mind that this makes for a great ticket to step up a political or television career. Mrs. Anderson is a very nice looking woman. Believe me, I would be shocked if her “movement” didn’t include political and/or personal aspirations for her future career. This is stupid beyond words. Stupid, racist, divisive, hateful, ungrateful, and will in the end fail. Just like the million man march that boycotted Washington D.C. stores (many of whom are black owned) and the day without immigrants movement. They are in your face, confrontational, and do little to create good will between races.

    Why do so many (not all) black American’s forget the whites who fought and DIED for their freedom and well being??? I’d love to have a one on one discussion with Michael Basin…the black uber-racist radio talk show host who despises white people. How ignorant!

  2. This thought of only buying from a business because the business owners color seems very wrong. What if a person decided and published that they would only buy from “White” owned businesses? What if there were the “National White College Fund” like the “United Negro College Fund”? This does more to drive people apart than bring them together. I dream of a day when we are Americans. I grow very tired of Washington DC with the Republicans and Democrats, I am ready for the American Party made up of all Americans for the advancement of America.

    Dream Big,

    Frank TX

  3. >So when Black people decide to support and patronize other Black people, that’s racist?

    Yes, imho. Make decisions based on race and you’re a racist. If they said they wanted X, Y, or Z and they went to get it. I’d have no argument. Two hot dog vendors on the street. They patronize the black one. Solely because of color? It racist.

    Wasn’t it MLK saying “content of character; not the color”?

    I’m not necessarily a MLK fan. DOn’t know enough about him. What’s true and what’s not. But, he was correct about character and color.

    In any event, thank you for your comment!

  4. So when Black people decide to support and patronize other Black people, that’s racist? The Black community puts MILLIONS of dollars into White, Asian, and Hispanic communities by constantly patronizing their businesses. The purpose of the experiment is not to exclude any race, but to EMBRACE Black entrepreneurship. When that happens, more of our communities can and will thrive. I believe it’s very close-minded of you to think that The Andersons actions are racist. People are so caught up in the fact that they’re just buying Black, that they refuse to see or understand the bigger picture. Maybe you should check out their website (which I’m sure you probably didn’t do before you starting typing) Maybe then you’ll understand a little better.

  5. While I certainly agree with your assesment of this issue, I take exception to the label you have provided. Racism, I believe is not what is being practiced during this not-to-well-thought-out experiment. Favoritism, isolationism, even discrimination is appropriate, but racism is NOT. Racism exists as a negative way of viewing people from a superior perspective based of course on race. In this particular case there is no superiority (they don’t go there because black sold products are superior in their eyes.)

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