LCC Media was live with YEG Links. Their mission is to get black people to support black businesses. They are about three weeks old and already drawing traffic. Their mission is simple: to get black people to spend their money on black businesses. She argued that when she lived in the Bronx, Newyork, her grocery shopping, barber and hairdresser, doctor and pharmacist and all she needed to function as a woman and a mother were supplied by black people. She was surprised, moving to Alberta, there is no co-ordinated attempt to support black businesses here. Even though Alberta is a melting point of sorts for diversity, black Albertans have a long way to go.
The Guardian columnist, Ahmed Olayinka Sule wrote:
“Look at the figures: according to the UK government’s race disparity audit, relative to whites and Asians, black defendants at crown court were the most likely to be remanded in custody. Between 2017 and 2018, black people in Britain were approximately 10 times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than white people were, and three times more likely than Asians. Black Caribbean pupils were permanently excluded at nearly three times the rate of white British pupils, while black people are more likely to be unemployed and homeless than all other racial minority groups.
Most black people have experienced some sort of anti-black racism or the other. Even if it is subtle. The problem often begins with our African names: Tundun Adeyemo, Shalewa Yusuf, Mogaji Abdul and so on. It is documented that black folk with accents and names are not even able to make it through the door in the first place. The rule that applies to a black man who speaks fluent Spanish is not the same for a caucasian who cannot speak English. The melanin appears each time to be a limitation.
Sule writes on: ‘In today’s Brazil, black people are still treated as second-class citizens; while in India, students of African origin are persecuted. In South Africa, a majority black country, 72% of the country’s private farmland is owned by white people, who make up 9% of the population. During the apartheid era, there was a clear racial hierarchy: whites at the top, Indians and “coloureds” in the middle, and black people at the bottom”.
Shanique has a challenge running, she will give you $250 cash if you can patronize black businesses for three days. This means you have to take your kids to a black school, black doctor, black grocery shop, black barber, black …… everything.
So perhaps Shanique from Yeglinks has a point…as always, please share and like. For more about Yeglinks, please visit their page on Instagram.