Today is July 7, 2020 and it is #BlackoutDay2020. The campaign is organized by Blackout Coalition’s founder Calvin Martyr. What does this mean? Instead of supporting big businesses such as Amazon, opt for local stores that are Black-owned. This can also mean don’t eat at your usual go-to spots. Or you don’t even have to buy anything at all, if you are trying to save money. Blackout Day is not a new concept, in fact it has been around for decades. However, especially now, there is a greater responsibility to support Black-owned businesses alongside protesting against police brutality and educating ourselves about systemic racism that continues to plague our society today.
Tuesday is #BlackOutDay2020, when many Black Americans plan to showcase their combined economic might by not spending any money. Those who have to buy something are being encouraged to spend their money at a Black-owned business. https://t.co/5SAgzg7sWU— CNN (@CNN) July 7, 2020
BUST’s blog has already done its fair share by listing which Black women-owned businesses you should start supporting earlier in June. But what about everyday essentials? There has to be alternatives right?
Now where to begin?
Support Black Owned: This website provides a plethora of resources for virtually everything. From west coast to east coast. From where to buy groceries to finding restaurants and looking out for your exercise and fitness needs. They even have an app so now you can take it on the go.
My Black Receipt: According to CEO Kezia M. Williams, by buying Black, we can show "what happens when we follow through on supporting Black-owned businesses publicly." By uploading their receipts, users/people help create a database of Black owned businesses.
Black-Owned Brooklyn: If you are a New York City local, this is a solid resource. Learn more about and find recommendations on all things regarding the Black community of Brooklyn. You can even read about the heartwarming stories from its residents.
Hopefully this campaign continues not just for one day but becomes integrated into daily life. Support for Black businesses is vital to their existence.
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