UK Jamii: The Trials and Rewards of Buying Black [featured post]
The Trials and Rewards of Buying Black is a feature post. The original post in on the UK Jamii website – the discount card for black businesses in the UK. Jamii are looking for contributor bloggers to share their insights and experiences as members of the Black British community.
On 5 July 2016 news spread of another killing of an unarmed black man, 37-year-old Alton Sterling. In London, Black Lives Matters organised peaceful protests. I didn’t attend a protest. Instead, I made a conscious decision to support the black community and to buy black.
In London, there is a big influx of black owned brands both online and offline. The number of beauty brands has grown immensely, as a solution to women unable to find make up for darker skin or with natural ingredients.
While I applaud the start up beauty brands, there are also a lot of niche areas that are not represented by black business owners. These include petrol stations, launderettes, pharmacists and post offices, for example. A black business can serve other cultures, but black people should serve in niche industries. With increases in revenue, black people can take their profits and support their communities. According to educator and author, Dennis Kimbro, money only stays in the black community for a few hours, in comparison to weeks and months in other communities.
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