The “Buy Black” Movement

If you’re not familiar, read this.

Basically, a black couple started an experiment to only shop from black store owners/businesses.

I don’t mind that. Minorities typically support themselves and other minorities.  What bothers me is that it’s now a “movement.” A movement! Isn’t this what happened in the 1930’s in Germany when non-Jews weren’t allowed to shop at stores owned by Jews??

Most of you know I’m Mormon. This is a minority religion in our area. Very small group. But not so much the case when I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. What would happen if all the Mormons there decided only to shop from other Mormons? I guarantee there would be a big fuss over it. California Liberals would storm the city with major screaming and feet-pounding tantrums.

This is a destructive path. This is a movement that tears this melting pot we call the USA apart.  Groups will split. People will get angry. I’m sure there will be white people saying, well, if they’re doing, we will, too! Then other groups may join. Can you imagine Chicago if this happens? Or if the movement spreads throughout the country?

Like I said, it doesn’t bother me if individuals want to only shop from their own race (although I do call that racist). If you want to be racist on your own, that’s your thing…wrong thing, but your thing.  But putting it into a movement  to tear people apart is also very wrong.

If I’m missing another pov, enlighten me. I’m open to hearing other sides. But from where I sit, this is a dividing issue.

4 comments to The “Buy Black” Movement

  • Great post for thought. I agree with you all the way. I believe that we should buy American but not split the ‘American’ into divided groups of their own. I mean, where would I go to shop? Only those places that are owned by 50 year old chubby women? I might have to look long and hard for that place.

    What if a shop is owned by a bi-racial couple? Would the African American people buy only from half of that shop. It’s ridiculous. America is too diverse anymore to start tearing it apart bit by bit just to prove a point.

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  • I agree, it’s a hard and touchy subject. I don’t think it’s a good idea to buy only from your own ethnic group, it definitely “separates” people as a society.

  • Right on! I couldn’t agree more and when I read it out loud to my mother she agreed as well. Great post Signe.

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  • I didn’t read the article so I don’t know everything about the subject. I do know a lot of people who prefer to buy from their own group. Whether it is Mormon, Christian, Elderly, other Mom’s. But to say that they can ONLY buy from those groups. I do think that is wrong. It is too much like boycotting to me and I general do not agree with that. Like when people send me e-mails telling me not to buy from Target because they say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
    Although if you look at it from a historical perspective and the number of years that black people where not allowed to own businesses and then that white people would not buy from them, and the devastation that has done to the African American culture as a whole. I guess you could look at it as a form of correction.

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