Today is Black Out Day, the first day of a movement to make a statement that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Simply put, the only way to get the message across is to STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY SUPPORTING BUSINESSES THAT DOES NOT GIVE A DAM ABOUT US.
Support BLACK OWN BUSINESSES by giving them your money today!
To put it bluntly, we must all unite in a common cause BY SPEAKING UP, SPEAKING OUT, AND TAKING A STAND AGAINST THE INJUSTICES AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR FOR GENERATIONS.
Support BLACK OWN BUSINESSES, by giving them your money today!
WE MUST SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESSES
In the words of President Obama…
According to a 2019 Nielsen report about Black consumers, the purchasing power of Black Americans is over $1 trillion.
In a video on Instagram, Martyr explains how keeping that money within Black businesses is a way to ensure that the Black community can survive and thrive on its own.
“All of the other communities around us are depending on our dollars for survival.
We’re their main customers; this is why they fear us communicating and uniting our economic power for each other, because then they know their pockets will suffer,” he says.
“This is the only way to get real change. Rioting is dead, hashtags is dead, protests is dead. We have to unite our economic power. And it has to be unapologetic.”
To do so, Martyr and the Blackout Coalition started a Blackout Directory of Black-owned businesses throughout various cities and states so that supporters can be pointed in the direction of stores, restaurants, salons and other businesses, where they are encouraged to spend their money.
“We need to know community centers, we need to know hotels, we need to know places of entertainment,” Martyr said in his Instagram video. He did not immediately respond to Yahoo Life’s request for comment.