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    @keith This articles clearly states ” If You’re a Black Business Owner Who Wants to Succeed, Leave The African-American Consumer Behind.” Have you read the latest neilsen report? It says you would have to be foolish to exclude African American as a consumer. In fact we are the number 2 most spent dollar in America. We spend 1.3 trillion dollars annually. If we were our own country we would be the 16th largest country in the world. It makes no sense to exclude the number 2 most spent dollar in America as a business owner. I know I will not and i currently is capitalizing on doing business with my people. I love it!

  2. 52


    What is this supposed to be? Some sort of silly attempt at balance? I can’t imagine any other reason why Norm Bond would reprint this tripe, and years after the incompetent, confused, self-hating, insecure writer originally published it.

    This is nothing but poison. And it is belied by all the data. It’s unbelievable that Norm Bond would perpetuate this garbage at BED, a site I’ve come to count on for out-of-the-way headlines and hard-to-find data.

    Very disappointing.

  3. 53

    Solomon Burke

    Once upon a time in America, black people owned things.

    Black people owned businesses, tens of thousands of businesses. They even owned their own homes.

    Between 1888 and 1934, 134 black-owned banks were established, They lent money to people from their own community so they could build businesses there. From 1867 through 1917, the number of black businesses increased from 4,000 to 50,000. Black business owners became wealthy and successful and gave jobs to people from their own community and taught them how to work together to create more wealth.

    Outsiders called it “Black Wallstreet”.

    It was hard to find a liquor store or a gun store in the community in those days.

    Hard for some to believe but In those days black people owned manufacturing companies, banks, hotels, restaurants, movie theatres, shopping centers, boutiques, gas stations, supermarkets, hospitals, bus & trolley car companies, auto dealerships, airplanes. They even built large baseball coloseums for Sunday games. They owed film production companies and sports teams. They even ran their local colleges and universities.

    All of the businesses bought from each other and all the people bought from those businesses and they all kept their money in their own black-owned community banks. Thousands of other black people were doctors, lawyers, engineers, community leaders.

    They all bought the things they needed from one another and black wealth grew and grew.

    At that time, black unemployment was lower than white unemployment. Everybody who wanted a job had a job and the people were very happy because they could take care of their families.

    Black businesses owners were so happy and successful they even helped other people who were not part of their community.

    But then something happened.

    When segregation was ended, the result was, black people in their euphoria and satisfaction with the fact that the white majority community establishment was now being forced by law to serve them, transferred their money out of black owned banks, stopped shopping at black owned businesses, stopped seeking employment with black owned companies, stopped using black professional services and instead transferred their funds into white banks, shopped at white businesses and sought to be employed by a big white company and sought out white professional services.

    Black people sowed their own economic demise by transferring their wealth out of the black community and into the white community.

    The white business community soon realized that the black dollar was huge and was all too happy to take their money but not to hire them in significant numbers. Thus black unemployment sky rocketed and the black economic infrastructure withered on the vine and all but vanished.

    White corporations chose to hire mostly “the talented tenth” from among those blacks with college degrees to facilitate the bringing in of more dollars from the black community by appealing to black consumers who looked upon these blacks in white corporate America with pride and mistakenly suffered from the illusion that this success of a relatively few individuals represented group success.

    Individual success never translated into group success. So the black community’s potential economic business leaders left and gave their talent to the white corporate establishment. Some sadly even developed the mistaken attitude of: “If I can do it, then so can you”. They thus no longer felt any responsibility to reach out to help their own community.

    They bought into the lie of “rugged individualism” as the sole and only path to success.

    If you’d like to know the solution to this problem, enail your information request to:

  4. 54

    Andreas Fulcher

    Wow! I love these blogs! It’s like therapy after losing over $450,000.00 my first 5 year to blacks as a black contracter! I returned to Garland, Tx in 1995 with a fiance after living in Germany for 8 years. After a year of experience in construction with a concrete paving company, the company folded in December, 1996. With my one year of experience and no degree, I started my own construction company at age 28. In mid 1997 I entered into a contract with a black engineer to build sidewalks for the City of Dallas. I hired 8 subcontractors I billed the black engineer for $268,000.00 He only paid me $48,000.00, leaving me to max out all my credit cards trying to satisfy my subs. I was unaware of the toxic nature in black business. I paid the minimums of my maxed out credit cards going into 1998. In early 1998, I received an invitation to bid on an $80,000.00 parking lot at Plano High School. I would be required to qualify for my first surety bond.

  5. 55

    Andreas Fulcher

    By 2002, my Bobcat was 5 months away from being paid off and a dump truck which was 15 months away. I became deadly ill in 2002 and became incapacitated in Sep. 2002 at the end of the project. My brother noticed my dyar condition and my bills were mounting. He insisted I file bankruptcy to protect my German wife, who had never touched the check book. I agreed as the black contractor/minister wasn’t paying me anything although my company completed the project. I filed bankruptcy in Feb. 2003. 10 days later I was admitted to Parkland Hospital. After 8 days I was released. After a few days I received a fax from the City of Dallas. It was a Subcontractors Payment Complience Form which the black contractor/minister perjured himself by stating he paid me $52,000.00. This so called Pastor never paid me a dime! He didn’t care about the blacks who lost their jobs because my dump truck and Bobcat was repossessed! Fortunately my brother did not file my company under bankruptcy. The minister filed BK the next year, 2004!

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    Andreas Fulcher

    After 16 years of seeing our culture hate on each other I’ve come to the conclusion the demon of “Pride” is the reason for our folly! Envy, jealousy, covetness, ego and greed; all these characteristics sink into one funnel and its called Pride! In the book of Proverbs it states God detests the proud! We blacks fail because we fail to incorporate Godly principles into our business practices. We have a long way to go!

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    It sounds so much better to say that the writer of this article is a self-hating bla bla bla than to deal with the truth of how we as Black people treat one another. But, regardless if you want to be an ostrich with your head in the sand or one who preseveres in the face of opposition, the truth hurts. What we need to do is recognize the truth about who we are and make concerted efforts to change self destructive behavior. If we don’t do this collectively, we will all be SUGAR HONEY ICE TEA out of luck.

    God Bless.

  8. 59

    prentiss belton

    To the lost man that said if you want to make money….leave the black community behind…….my comment to him %^$#@!!@#$(%^# DROP DEAD YOU DUMB FRUIT CAKE.

  9. 60

    Mr Willaims

    Home Money Buying Power Black Buying Power Continues to Rise
    Black Buying Power Continues to Rise

    SUBMITTED BY: Jeffrey M. Humphreys, Director of the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth
    BLACK BUYING POWER: Recession and Resiliency

    Despite the severe impact of the Great Recession, Blacks’ economic clout continues to energize the U.S. consumer market. The Selig Center estimates that the nation’s Black buying power will continue its dramatic rise — $316 billion in 1990 to $600 billion in 2000, to $947 billion in 2010–to $1,038 billion in 2012, and a projected $1,307 billion in 2017. The 73 percent gain from 2000 to 2010 outstrips the 60 percent increase in white buying power and the 67 percent increase in total buying power (all races combined) for the same period. In 2012, Blacks’ share of the nation’s total buying power will be 8.5 percent, up from 8.2 percent in 2000 and 7.5 percent in 1990. And their share is expected to rise to 8.7 percent by 2017, accounting for almost nine cents out of every dollar spent.Several critical factors account for the gains in Black buying power. Beyond population growth and inflation, one of the most important and enduring forces is the increasing number of Blacks starting and expanding their own businesses. The 2007 Survey of Business Owners, released by the U.S. Census bureau in June 2011, shows the number of Black-owned firms grew 61 percent in just the five years from 2002 to 2007, more than three times the gain in the number of all U.S. firms (18 percent). Also, compared to the previous five year period, the overall rate of growth in the number of Black-owned firms accelerated (as did the rate of growth in the number of all U.S. firms). Between 2002 and 2007, the receipts of black-owned firms grew by 55 percent compared to the 34 percent increase in the receipts of all U.S. firms.

    Still another positive factor driving the group’s buying power is its steadily rising levels of educational attainment, which should allow proportionally more Blacks to enter occupations with higher average salaries. Census data show that the percent of Blacks 25 and older who have completed high school or college rose from 66 percent in 1990 to 79 percent in 2000 and to 84 percent in 2010. Also, the 2010 Current Population Survey indicates that 20 percent of Blacks had a bachelor, graduate, or professional degree. The percentage of Blacks who had completed college in 2010 (20 percent) was higher than in either 2000 (17 percent) or in 1990 (11 percent).

    Favorable demographic trends help, too, since the Black population continues to grow more rapidly than the total U.S. population. From 2000 to 2012, the nation’s Black population grew by 16 percent vs. 7.6 percent for the white population and 12.2 percent for the total population. From 2012 to 2017, the Black population is projected to grow by 6.9 percent, exceeding the 5.7 percent growth estimated for the total U.S. population. Also, the Black population is younger: The 2010 Current Population Survey put the median age of Blacks at 31.4 years compared to 38.2 years for the white population and 36.7 years for the total population. Indeed, nearly 30 percent (29.4) of the Black population is under 18 years old (vs. 23.3 percent of whites and 24.6 percent of the total population). Because blacks are so much younger, it’s no surprise that they’re increasingly setting trends for youth (and young adults) of every race and ethnic background.

    The youthful profile of the Black population does have its downside, however. Compared to people who are either more established in their careers or retired, young people, regardless of their race or ethnicity, are more exposed to job losses in economic downturns. In this regard, Black buying power is vulnerable to the effects of economic recessions, but over time the above-average growth of Black buying power has more than compensated for that high cyclical exposure.

    Due to the unusual severity of the Great Recession, employment growth can no longer be cited as one of the main forces behind the above-average gains in Black buying power. From January 2000 through January 2012 (the most recent data available as of this writing), the number of jobs held by Blacks had increased by only 235,000, or a paltry 0.1 percent per year. And, from its pre-recession peak in July of 2007 (when blacks held 16,307,000 jobs) through January of 2012 (when blacks held 15,512,000 jobs), the number of employed African Americans dropped by 795,000, representing an . unemployment rate of 14.2 percent (up from 8.9 percent in July ’07). In January 2012, the employment to population ratio for blacks stood at only 52.2 percent (vs. 59.3 percent in July 2007).

    This recession was the worst since the Great Depression, and it erased a decade’s worth of job growth for African Americans. At the time of this writing, it appears that the period of job losses is over, but the labor market is recovering very slowly, especially in states hit hardest by the housing bust.

    In 2012, the 10 states with the largest African-American markets, in order, are New York ($95 billion), Texas ($86 billion), California ($77 billion), Florida ($74 billion), Georgia ($73 billion), Maryland ($63 billion), North Carolina ($48 billion), Illinois ($47 billion), Virginia ($45 billion), and New Jersey ($40 billion). Of these, Maryland, North Carolina and Georgia are the only ones that did not rank among the top 10 markets for all consumers.

    Unlike the Hispanic and Asian markets in the U.S., the African-American market is not concentrated in a handful of states. This vibrant consumer market is very widespread, making it an attractive customer segment in many of the states.

    Due to differences in per capita income, wealth, demographics, educational attainment, occupational distribution, geographic distribution, and culture, the spending habits of Blacks as a group are not the same as those of non-black consumers (e.g., white and other races combined). Thus, as African Americans’ share of the nation’s total buying power expands, business-to-consumer firms can be expected to devote more resources towards developing and marketing products that meet the needs and match the preferences of black consumers.

  10. 61

    hate to bring the chick that done wrote this madness back to Earth but nobody (Black, White, whoever) dont want an African-American owned business to make it…

  11. 62

    Solomon Burke

    I find it disappointing and disturbing that Black people still keep talking about Black buying power without the first clue as to what exactly Black buying power is. Power to do what?

    Currently, Black people are doing nothing more with their so-called “buying power” than giving it away to the white mainstream business establishment. Black people giving away their economic rescources to the white business community while the Black community becomes weaker and poorer.

    How is that power? Black people need to wake up to the simple fact that group success is acheived by group economics, meaning that most of Black peoples money must be kept in the Black community. How? Transfer your money into a black owned bank, patronize Black owned businesses for most of your needs, seek out Black owned professional services like doctors, plumbers, stores etc, then Black people can eliminate the unemployment gap by providing jobs for their own community.

    When are Black people going to realize it is unintelligent to continue to depend on the mainstream business establishment to provide them with job opportunity when the track record is a dismal failure? How long will Black people be content with accepting the crumbs off the mainstream communities table when the Black community can set their OWN table? It doesn’t make sense for black people to continue down this same tired path of dependency.

    Wakeup Black people to the fact that all other successful ethnic groups in America are successful for the simple reason that they all practice group economics! Jews practice it! Asians practice it and nobody calls them racist. Blacks are in fact the only group that don’t practice group economics!

    Is there any wonder why we as a group are a failure in every category? It is not racist for Black people to do the same. Don’t people realize that the reason the mainstream establishment IS the mainstream establishment is because whether whites realize it or not, they do most of their business with each other. That’s why it’s concentrated in their community.

    If Black people are going to succeed not just a few individuals but as a group, then they too must start practicing group economics and thus provide jobs for more of their own.

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    I agree with Solomon Burke %100! The problem is we that we as a people don’t support our own. Now where I live I don’t know of any black owned banks but there are black owned businesses such as restaurants. Its just that most are very pricey or to far out for me to drive to and very pricey. But when I can I try to go there and support them. I’m currently attending a HBCU. Speaking of HBCUs, all HBCUs need to cut all ties with the government, we should not be state run and operated because then we have to obey their rules and regulations or we have to hire people outside of our race.

    I don’t believe that any teacher or department head or employee should be white at a HBCU they already have their schools where they can be in charge, HBCUs should only have Black people in all of their employee positions, none should be white. How can someone white teach me about being Black? The only area that I’ll give leave way is say if they have a history class on Jews or Asians or some other minority that the ones of that particular race could give a better history on than we as black people can. Also I believe that we should live in for the most part the same community like the do in Georgia, I heard its real nice down there with the blacks supporting each other, living in the same community, helping each other out and all. We should not stop supporting each other but support each other more. we need to figure out a way to come together and buy what we need to make this possible.

    Oh and I wanted to tell you all that Hip Hop is NOT a black culture. It was started by a white man in the 70s, he came to some black artists during that time told them what he was looking for and after that, as they say, the rest was history. I found this out when I was taking a class on the History of African Americans. I had to go to the library and find out the history of hip hop from a book and low and behold, a white man started it in the 70s. Why do you think that 80% of the people who buy it, ( I’m speaking of rap and all that) is white?

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    black puma

    I’m a black business owner and I can honestly say if blacks were my clientele I’d be out of business for lack of support. Blacks make up less than 2% of my customer base although I’m located within the community

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    I totally agree with the article for the most part if want to succeed as an African American business owner you cannot center your business around the African American community. I know this first hand because I am an African American male in Indianapolis and I have my own computer business that I run out of my home and do mobile service as well and most of my best customers are non African Americans. I believe that many blacks in America still even to this day have a slave mentality! Thats why they will patronize other races and cultures businesses instead of their own people.

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    Justin Parker

    Are you serious? This article is clearly devoted to the Divide and Conquer tactics of those who aim to oppress. The blabbering of one seriously confused Black Man or the trickery of a White Man pretending to be Black…. It happens!

    I couldn’t even read through the first section without the feeling of Vomiting! I just want to say to those Black Americans in Business and Aspiring to be Entrepreneurs, Don’t listen to that Crap! Definitely Market yourself to the Black Community and the General Public Abroad! Every other culture and race of people here in America and all over the world support their own. Whether they intend to do it or whether it is instilled i their culture. It’s called Cooperative Economics. The reason most Black Owned Businesses fail within a few years is lack of Support from the community. That in it’s self is due to poor Marketing and Advertising. People have to know you exist. More than the ones that Walk or Drive By.

    There are millions upon Millions of Black Americans waking up every year to the Importance of Cooperative Economics. The way I see it is that we as Black Entrepreneurs need to Saturate the Whole Market of Commerce from Making Cars and Trucks to Launching Satellites in Space for Communications. We need Black Owned Toilet Paper Manufacturers. Basically when you go to Walmart and buy products….. Do you fine Products Manufactured by Black Owned Companies? There is the Problem. We are not saturated into the market. But we are on the way.

    Please join our Movement to Liberate Black America from Mental slavery and Self Oppression. Please Support your Black Owned Businesses. Visit and if you are a Business Owner…. GET LISTED!!!! We are getting Thousands of Brand New Weekly Visitors looking for Black Owned Businesses to support. Our Nationally Top Ranked Directory for Black Owned Businesses and Organizations is here for you! We have FREE Listings as well as Sponsored Advertising starting at just $5.00/mo or $45.00/yr.

    Oh…. The new findings are that we spend over 2.2 Trillion Dollars Each Year not the 1.6 estimated in the 2007 US Census Reports.

  16. 67

    fan fan

    Like it or not this is a acurate article…Alabama is a slave state to this day. The white man is not the opresser its the black doing it to each other in many ways: murder. Hate. Giving your hard earn dollars to any community other than your own..

  17. 68


    Can the author of this please reply with her Net Worth?

    Clientele pays for business’s initial presentation, loyalty-oriented service iniatives, and fair price-point.

    Let the payee enjoy your company culture.

    If gross sales are unsatisfactory, employ systems focusing on Net Profitability. Support local community charities and iniatives. My around the marketing dollar

    Host a focus group to learn about the client’s experience. Their perspective is invaluable.

    Please respond to my post. Need to understand this if actually true. Again, can the author provide her profession resume.

    Thank you.

  18. 69


    I believe this because my mom has been telling me this for years that black people will step over other Blacks to get ahead or will not support them in some way. I am from Georgia and I have seen more racial tension between Black people than I had seen between Black and White. It always the Black and White thing, like the Hebrew and Phillistian. Now it the Hebrew and the Hebrew, hyphothetically speaking. Excuse my spelling. Some people took this into offense because they know it is true and they are a strong Black Pride person…awesome to be a strong Black Pride person but that will lead to issues.Pride come before fall. I didn’t say it…the Bible did. I am a Black business owner. A Black customer tried to discredit me by saying his wife cleaned the carpet better than I did. MMMMMM, maybe if you clean it every 6 months not 4 years, it wouldn’t be so tough to clean. I did the grunt work and she came behind me 3 months later. He was speaking all out loud at Walmart, so,I held my composure. A Walmart cleaning machine for $200 against my $3000 equpiments, you must be out of your mind…I let him have his say bst know, I will succeed. I will take more than one year to get off the ground running. I love Black people with they chocolate, creative, high loving spirit-self…BUT stop being racist against your own PEOPLE! I hate racism of all kind! Peace and love ya’ll, peace and luv!

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    Now I currently lives in Rochester NY!

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    I kind of understand what the writer means…although it sounds like she is writing out of anger/frustration. I am a business owner of 5 years and my business is doing very well…but I can honestly say it is so hard dealing with my own people…I have 24 employees and 21 African American and 3 non-African American…I have the most problems out of the AA ladies than the others they are always late, always calling out for some reason, have more issues than the law allow and expect to be paid for their short comings….the 3 Non-AA ladies always on time, never call out and if they have issues I do not know about it and it never show on the job. The clients that are African American late paying their accounts and some of them I have to threaten to take them to court to get my payment…the Non-AA clients very few issues…I just can’t seem to understand our way of thinking or the logic behind our practices. All I can do is try to make a difference and even in that it is very difficult to reach our people.

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    booby 2 chin

    What trash! Arabs Asians and others open up business in the BLACK community, don’t even employ us and make a fortune but yet we should neglect our own?

    We need to stop hating each other come together as a community and support our own, every one else seems to manage it.

    Blacks are consumers to other races, they target us all the time with lightening creams, fake hair, trainers, music and all sorts of other things but yet we can’t target our own according to this person. What garbage….

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    booby 2 chin

    @jwilliams 21 AA employees out of 24, and the AA gives you more trouble, well guess what? if i had 21 men and three women i am very sure most of the trouble will come from the men.

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    Luis Arroyo

    The negative comments above REINFORCE the author’s point of BLACK folks unwiling to even admit to the problem due to PRIDE.


    May I include the all too familiar “WE NEED TO DISCUSS RACE” rhettoric?

    Another platitude insencere farce.

    Just as all author examples of 2 face denials, The moment you mention something they dont like to discuss, something considered “taboo” for non blacks, DISCUSSION OVER AND YOU’RE A RACIST!!

  24. 75


    I somewhat agree with the author. I have an online business that I advertise heavily to Black consumers.

    I would love to build a clientele of mostly Black Americans, but I have found that “we” don’t circulate our dollars within our own “community”. Within the past two days of this post, I’ve had over 2500 views from potential Black customers. Only one of those views turned into a sale. I had approximately 200 potential Caucasian customers visit my booth at a Craft Fair and 136 of those potential Caucasian customers turned into sales. Very few Blacks were in attendance and none of those Blacks visited my booth. That was disappointing.

    I make a quality product and take pride in my very high level of customer service and professionalism.

    We have to start feeling confident about buying from Black owned businesses.

  25. 76


    The author is describing the symptoms and not the underlying cause. Every black person that I have ever met wants another black person to succeed….. How else could it ever be? The problem is one of trust. We don’t spend in black-owned businesses(outside of the usual suspects) because they don’t survive long enough for us to foster trust in them.

    Where the Barber, or hairdesser does we patronize them en masse. Am I going to take my hard earned cash and entrust it to the new black estate agent at the bottom of the road…No! Am I going to entrust my daughters wedding photos to the black print shop that just recently opened …No! There is a circular issue here, but business has and always will be colour blind. What black businesses lack is the capital to stay around long enough to engender that trust…and in there is another whole argument.

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    Apollo Mayaimi

    Whoever wrote this article I’m assuming is a non-black person masquerading as a black female journalist. The article didn’t make any sense:

    #1: As a previous commenter remarked that since African American consumers spend trillions of dollars it definitely would hurt any business not to cater to this market.
    #2: Since the author claims that blacks consume differently than other ethnic groups; ,then, it would make better sense to craft a marketing strategy specifically for your African American clientele rather than ignoring them all together because you don’t know how to turn them into buying customers.
    #3: African American businesses such as those led by the negro digit queens, kings, E.T.C. in early 19th century Harlem prospered with a large black market base. Many of these African American owned Lottery businesses raked in up to $12,000 a day by selling numbers, dream books, E.T.C.
    #4: If blacks lie about what they really say they want or need; then, a simple sales strategy would be to switch the reversal order of African Americans wants and needs. In full understanding that when a black person says he doesn’t need a particular service or product, what he’s really saying is that he does want the product/service and yet because of the way it’s being sold at that moment he doesn’t have a need for it. The author confuses this emotional response from african americans with lying but the real opportunity and challenges is to meet the failed expectations of negro consumers when service/product suffers from sale flaws and the way it’s marketed. You don’t have to leave the ghetto to become a multi millionaire!

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    I opened a gas stop convenience store which started well. It was located in the middle of the black community which average income of a family of 4 was $4500. Most households were single parent, with out male heads. My white friend who helped in planning, thought that my business would be very successful as did the SBA. As soon as it was learned that it was black owned, things began to fall. Theft from employees, and shoplifting. A pass through window was installed. Customers would put $2 of gas in their car and leave the car at the pump to carry on personal business of the premises. Fights, verbal abuse, broken windows, loss time to litigation, firings for theft lead to NLRB. To depend on a black consumer is a nightmare, if you’re black. I sold to Russians. Today I run a business that caters to any one who requires quality service. And to grow my business I need to invest in a small building, so I asked a childhood friend who also like myself, black owned quality service, if he knew of a black contractor to build my building on my land? Without hesitation he gave me the name of a non African American.

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    Apollo Mayaimi

    Alex! Next time think of a different business model (offsite remote worker format).

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    The first half was useful. The second half just sounded like the rants of a bitter woman.

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    I’m an African American attorney and small business owner within a predominantly African American community. I think that our perception of self is what controls how we treat others that resemble ourselves, family, friends, etc. An African American with a positive self image and self esteem would be more likely to hire an African American, and patronize herbusiness. This consumer genuinely has reasonable expectations and goes into the deal with a positive outlook, because, after all, they believe that good outcomes can be achieved by an African American (some one just like themselves ). On the other hand, the African American consumer with low self esteem and a poor self image will not hire the African American professional because African American success is not possible from their (the consumer) perspective. So as I see it, as a whole, we have a massive self esteem and self image issue that make it impossible to earn the business (same conclusion as the original post but different reasoning). The original author was correct. An African American business owner must sell to Non black in order to earn a modest living. I think we can make a change by telling each other that we are good enough, and that we are sufficient. I think we can do better by focusing on the children. The children should be inundated with African American success stories – so that they too believe – and come to expect quality service from a fellow African American. The children should have some experience with an African American every year so as to build trust and love.

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    “African-American women are the only resource that African-American men control.”


    you are clearly not Black. no one and I mean no one controls Black women.

  32. 83


    This observation she make may not apply to everybody, but it applies enough for different people to say similar things to greater or lesser degrees- and give the same story. There is some truth in what she is saying about “some” black customers. I even understand her questioning the motives of some people criticizing black businesses and black business people. But if several people are making similar complaints despite double standards or motives, there is some truth to this. Other people have touched on things I considered, so I have less to say. Another thing, with the risk of offending that comes to my mind, is the other side of the “slave mentality”/crabbism amongst “certain” black business owners themselves. Some black business owners either actually stereotype other black people or give the “vibes” that they do. Some treat nonblack customers better than black customers-even the good ones. Some play favorites with customers when it is not warranted.I can understand if the customer that comes in is a regular faithful customer that constantly patronizes the establishment- and do it heavily. But some play/or come off like they play favorites when this ain’t always the case.Some take short cuts on black customers that they will not do with others. I am a sporadic shopper, but when I do patronize businesses, black business are on my radar a lot of times. Nevertheless,sometimes, I find myself having to be in the mood to deal with black business and black people-just like I do nonblack business people. So sometimes I pass them up just like I do “p-l-enty” of nonblack business. Which is why I think it is refreshing that other people bring up other issues alongside “lack of customer loyalty” due to “the slave mentality/crabbism.” Also, to resurrect a dying phrase” you know how we (well, some of us? do.

    The minute we(i.e. some of us) get “a little shine/change/rank(success) some of “us” act funny. Some successful black people have not always done right by their own people either. Some forget/bypass the folks who were in our corner/turn on them, sellout our own people to fit in with non-African Americans, actively sabotage the success of another black person(making it that more difficult for other blacks to get ahead) in fear that two or three other “successful negroes” in the vicinity diminishes your chance of being the “premier special safe Negro”, and some of us wonder why there is crabbism from potential supporters of black business. Some are probably unconsciously afraid that a successful black person is yet another nuisance to have to deal with in addition to the current ones.

    How does this relate to black business people. Well, once “some “blacks get ahead,(sometimes before) some look down on black clientele, they do not hire black people either or give back to the black community either. (I get it, some black customers,workers, and causes(or the organizations themselves), suck balls, so I understand the frustration. But even the other people that don’t suck sometimes get the shaft.)Anyway, I personally think there is more to the story in cases like this because issues usually facing both black or businesses in general often have several factors contributing to problems. But the “slave mentality/crabbism” on the part of business owners themselves is a contributing factor along with other factors.

    I am sure there are other sides to the story. I just hope I brought up another angle for people to look into. On a bright note, there are more black businesses developing. I support that. I said everything above in the hope that aspiring business owners may consider avoiding the mistakes/failures of “certain” black business owners so they can add to the numbers of successful black businesses instead of becoming a statistic or a cautionary tale.

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    c. bradford

    It sounds like an overdose of SELF-HATRED! If you want a Black husband, there are plenty of potential Black mates out there. You don’t have to look for excuses to lay up with other races (which is, I believe, your one true desire). Move on and shut the f**k up!

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    Fatimah Umrani

    I think this is self hate at it’s finest , if it is truly a black article… Most business minded and their businesses, should think that way (business minded).. You must be on time, and have your clients best interest at heart. This is not racial to do… You must be respectful to others, no matter their nationality. it is obvious when you go to a “so-called white establishment,” the blacks that are working in them, act and treat you differently, because they had better or they will lose their job. We don’t do the same. We tolerate the lack, and that’s what you will get.. I believe in us though, and want to see change. So that means I have to change the way I am at the same time. Perhaps, those that experience only the negatives, are merely negative themselves.

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    Mrs. Raven Walker-Ellis

    First, I have been supporting Black businesses for more than 20 years, from Sister locks to Black Owned Banks, home contractors, Black Owned nail salons, produce growers. For the most part, I am satisfied with the level of service I receive. Second, the author of this long, tasteless, idiotic putdown of Black men is loathsome and unfai to the millions of Black men who are happily married to Black women. As a Black woman, I find that this so called “writer” spent more time belittling and downgrading Black men, than advising and encouraging Black people to support and start Black businesses. I’ve been married to the same Black man for 29 years, and gave birth to our two sons. The author (who I believe is a Black woman) spent virtually no time discussing how we can not only encourage more Black businesses, but how we as a people can better interact with each other, and seek each other out for dating and potential mates. The author’s tone is negative and insulting. Since the so called “author” spent more time Putting down Black men and Black business owners, perhaps she or he should endeavor to fix their own nasty attitude and stereoypical notions about Black people, and business.

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    Lance Armstrong

    African Americans do have a tendency to buy products that boost their self esteem. Just like any oppressed group of people.

    The answer to this long winded meandering article is simple.

    If you’re African American and want to start a business marketed to African Americans… just make sure it appeals to their self esteem needs.

    They don’t need to know you’re African American.
    Who cares? Just start the business. if they want to buy from Asian people… just hire a few Asian people. Lol. Don’t trip. Make the $$. The. Give some away scholarship $$ to a kid that needs it.

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    What a sad but true article! But it is still a brainwashing trick! African Americans are the number one consumers in America. So that means great economical gains for Black Business People! Mental Economic Slavery is all in the minds of African American Community! Non Blacks no this the most! Thats why they all have businesses in black communities across America! The World does not want black people to sell shit! Stop the insanity my people!

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    Black Sell Outs are all through the arab stores….whether working there or just hanging out inside they watch their OWN race being cheated, mistreated and Disrespected day by day by arab store owners. i also have Knowlege 1st hand of Blacks who were paid by arabs to Burn-out any other new nearbye buisinesses. (ESPECIALLY any attempted black owned buisinesses) … Black men have been mentally conformed like well-trained Lap-Dogs to the arab store owners….they grin and smile and tapdance and sellout another black person just for Acceptance of the arab. Not even realizing the arab does not even like or respect ANY black no matter what ass kissing techniques the black male attempts.

    I Also totally agree that fighting for more financial and growth opportunities for the black male would in no way assist a black community or any black women (the black man would only take that better opportunity that a black woman helped him fight for and immediately share the spoils from it with another race woman in another community and never look back at the ones who helped him achieve the life-boost)

    The black males self hating traitor blood has run to deep. The arab store owner sees it and knows it and uses it to HIS advantage (they know the ONLY thing a black man lives for is the feeling of acceptance from another race…even if its a False acceptance, the Black male will GLADLY take that

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