(DALLAS – May 7, 2020) – Nothing could have been further from the truth. But unfortunately its how white leadership has seen black protesters and the sad commentary is it’s been primarily a narrative pushed by black leadership in their need, it appears, to be loved by everybody in the world. However, the people primarily hurt by these compromise has been the voiceless masses.
However, it seems that finally there appears to be some powerful help on the horizon in the name of a group of activists known as the Black Business Empowerment (BBE). This movement made up of a cross breed of business owners, community organizations, religious leaders and grassroots groups have decided to come together to show unity and to pool their strengths to advocate for black people.
The groups all agree that the consistent use of labeling their causes under the word “minority” has many times weaken their abilities to assist black people.
And it is those Black people who through nearly 210 years of forced slave labor and additional 100 years or more of Jim Crow laws black businesses should have been sectioned off with relief funds for Black people only! After all it’s been black businesses that have employed black people in black communities in America as white and businesses owned by foreigners have exclusively discriminated against blacks even in majority black neighborhoods.
So yeah I’m pissed off at the highest pissivty of constantly sacrificing for other ethnic groups! It’s time for others to take a hit for the damn team! It’s time for us to look out for us first!
It’s like riding on an airplane you’re told to put on your mask first before you mask others. Black leadership need to follow that example for Black people!
Don’t get me wrong! Sure if brown, yellow, red or white folks benefited from my work okay that’s fine, but my initial plan was for black people, so the word Minority should not even enter the conversation!
So now we’re faced with the issue that the Small-Business Loan Program has run out of money! 350 billion dollars from the first Payroll Protection Program (PPP) has run out of money. You now see owners like Denny Moe’s Barbershop in Harlem say “I can probably last until May. But I don’t want to think about that!”
That’s gentrified Harlem Which used to be as black as it got! But his is just the tip of the iceberg when you factor in majority black communities across America.
Currently, Congress is poised to approve 450 billions more in the PPP 2 bill. For this bill we need black congressional leadership to sing the words “Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud!” And by the way James Brown was a Republican so political partisanship should be put aside!
Think about these facts. The National Bureau on Economic Research (NBER) working paper found that the medium firm/business with expenses over $10,000 per month has only enough cash on hand to last for two weeks.
Problem is that that doesn’t effect the much smaller businesses like brother Denny Moe’s mentioned above and the many mom/pop businesses that only employ two to five people, but have been in business for decades! Like your neighborhood cleaners, beauty salons, bakeries, t-shirts making shops, bookstores yeah the list goes on. What about them?
Put that up against Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain that grossed 42 million dollars last year but received a 20 million dollar forgivable loan as Potbelly and Shake Shack restaurant chains receive 10 million each. Excuse me, but all I can say is huh!
Shake Shack just recently announced their giving its 10 million back which I guess proves they do have some scruples, but it also proves that they didn’t need the f!:/“@; money in the first place don’t you think!
Which brings me to this point that if the CBC believe their job is to advocate for minority communities then maybe it’s time congress creates a Congressional “Ethic” Minority Caucus which should then allow CBC to advocate for Black people only. How about that for some clarity!
As for the BBE Movement we need Black people in all 50 states of America to come together and join this call of BBE to get black congressional leadership to seek federal funding to support black businesses which in return will employ black families and help them survive America’s white supremacy legacy! A Lata Continua: The Struggle Continues…
Thomas Muhammad is Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF)-Dallas Texas Chapter