Only two percent of Black America’s disposable income is spent in Black-owned businesses in Black neighborhoods. The notion of a neighborhood is very different from that of a “community.”
During Jim Crow segregation Blacks were forced to build quasi-communities. They lived together because not only did they have the same interests and needs, but they also had to trust and depend on each other. No running into the suburban stores and malls. You spent your money where you lived and with business owners who looked like you. No trying on dresses in high-end department stores, you supported Miss Brown, the seamstress on the block.
The desire for integration caused Blacks to abandon their businesses, communities, culture and their code of conduct says Dr. Claud Anderson in PowerNomics. The need to be accepted by white society, overtook and subdued the need to be accepted by Black society.
The primary obligation of a community is to equip it its members to live and compete successfully in the domestic and global society of today and tomorrow.
It’s time for our leaders to help the Black community do just that.