‘Buy Black’ Experiment Becoming a Nationwide Movement
It’s been two months since 2-year-old Cori pulled the gold stud from her left earlobe, and the piercing is threatening to close as her mother, Maggie Anderson, hunts for a replacement.
It’s not that the earring was all that rare — but finding the right store has become a quest of Quixotic proportions.
Maggie and John Anderson of Chicago vowed four months ago that for one year, they would try to patronize only black-owned businesses. The “Empowerment Experiment” is the reason John had to suffer for hours with a stomach ache and Maggie no longer gets that brand-name lather when she washes her hair. A grocery trip is a 14-mile odyssey.
The word discrimination comes to mind–and it works both ways; recognize before you cause a backlash you in the black community will regret. Whites have been suffering from reverse discrimination for years when it comes to finding jobs (affirmative action)–and I’m tired of it.