Patronize Black-Owned Businesses

The Afterword – Slate

In 2009, Maggie Anderson and her family pledged that they would patronize black-owned companies whenever possible, so she scoured the Chicago area for black-owned supermarkets, dry cleaners, gas stations, pharmacies, and clothing stores. Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest To Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy is the story of their experiment in conscious consumerism. Anderson discovered that black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial and ethnic groups in every measure of success. In the Asian community, a dollar circulates among local shop owners, banks, and business professionals for up to 28 days. In the Jewish community, a dollar circulates for 19 days. In the African-American community, a dollar is gone within six hours. The interview runs about 29 minutes.

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  1. Thank you for this article and the mention of IRISH’S TOUCH, A Full Service Salon in the Spokane Valley. I wrote a comment before this one, but I am not sure it posted. We must do better and be better at being the change we want to see in the world. My Bro-Law told me a quote he read by J. Meyer, “if you do not have time to do it right the first time, when will you take time to do it over”. We must do better than “try”, we have to do it and do it now…


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