Friday, November 24, 2017

IS KANSAS CITY 'BUY BLACK' RACIST OR THE BEST WAY TO CREATE URBAN CORE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY?!?!



This Friday is mostly focused on commerce in Kansas City yet politics still powers our purchases even if most Americans are content to throw their money away on cheap junk manufactured by toddlers in China.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY 'BUY BLACK' EMPOWERS URBAN CORE MERCHANTS AND CONSUMERS WITH A GREAT DEAL OF EAST SIDE GRASSROOTS SUPPORT!!!

Here's a bit of promotion from Kansas City activist, businessman and local leader Ajamu Webster:

"Are you ready to help circulate the Black dollar in our community? Come out and shop with Black owned businesses in the Kansas City area at the 5th Annual Buy Black Saturday Flash Market. Vendors of all kinds will be on site and ready to sale their goods and services. Event is FREE and open to the public and is child friendly. So save some of those dollars and come out and shop with us this Saturday.

Remember - Who you give your money to is who you give your power to! ~Frederick Douglass"

Buy Black KC

Still, this largely successful effort always causes a bit of consternation for locals . . .

The focus on financial support determined solely on the basis of racial background strikes many as inherently exclusionary. Instead, an effort that sought to include MERCHANTS OF EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC PERSUASION from the 3rd District or any under-serviced section of Kansas City might prove even more successful and avoid reactionary opposition to an idea with the very best of intentions. Translation . . . The hard-line right-wing gut reaction to this new small biz tradition has always been: "What if people advertised - BUY WHITE???" Despite the fact that this kind of divisive sentiment seems to be the underlying soft-sell of the new Taylor Swift album.



But I digress . . .

What's the solution???

In the marketplace of ideas, searching for an opportunity to be offended comes cheap. The reality is that KANSAS CITY BUY BLACK is doing important work in a small biz community that has been otherwise neglected by the slate of eco-devo focused mostly on developers, lawyers and multi-national corporations headquartered in the metro. Ironically, complaints from SOME so-called Conservatives over politically incorrect branding follow the same twisted logic as their liberal counterparts as they both constantly obsess over perceptions of identity. 

Put simply, providing support, economic opportunity and consideration for Kansas City small biz should TRUMP politics.  

And so, the we encourage our AWESOME TKC BLOG COMMUNITY to move past the rhetoric of partisan snowflakes who are offended by everything during the holiday season and instead consider every opportunity to BUY LOCAL and help our neighbors rather than greedy international corporations.



You decide . . .

37 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, TKC we're in an era when branding is everything.

And the fact that most people just buy most of the stuff they need online at a better price.

Anonymous said...

Buy from Clemmons reality on troost.

Citizen said...

Buy by zip code or nearest where you live to keep money locally and keep race out of it.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Wisdom from the Citizen!

Anonymous said...

That event is basically "Buy stolen shit from CVS and Walgreens."

Anonymous said...

Thought about it... Yes, It's Racist!

Anonymous said...

What are they selling besides stolen guns and crack?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, next time I need to add some dreadlocks I’ll go down there. Right.

Anonymous said...

Racist advertising.

Anonymous said...

It is impossible for Black African Americans to be racist. They have been oppressed for centuries.

Anonymous said...

What am I supposed to do, go on Troost and buy a weave I don't need? Go to Gates? I pass 10 better bbq places on the way to Gates. Should I buy a flood car from Texas from a dealer on Prospect? Today I went to my local family-owned Ace Hardware. Then I went to Strausser Hardware for a specialty tool. Lunch was at Los Tules. Dinner came from Cosentino Price Chopper. Everything I bought today went to local businesses. You ever gone to a retail place and been waited on by a black person? Often the contempt they have for you is palpable. I'll spend my money wherever I want, thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget items such as bootleg thug cd's from "aspiring rappers who are just turning their lives around" and black pussy.

Anonymous said...

Would make a great ad for selling slaves. Think of it, "Buy Liberian Black", "Buy Rwandan Black" kinda' like "Buy Panama Red" "buy Colombian Gold".

Anonymous said...

Reverse discrimination at the least. Can’t have a buy white so yea it is

Anonymous said...

Why would any legitimate business market itself to just 12% of the population?
Wouldn't it make a lot more sense to be selling a product or service that might appeal to a much larger market?
And folks can't figure out why they fail.

Anonymous said...

They certainly have a right to do it.

Whether it's a proper and just thing to do is another matter.

And no, it's not incorrect for people to ask the logical question, "What if white people did this?" To not ask the question, is to be a hypocrite. I thought the goal of all diversity and inclusiveness training was to act in a colorblind fashion and treat people the same irrespective of their race, ethnicity, gender, etc.

If it's fine and dandy to promote a Buy Black event, sponsored by The Urban League of Kansas City and W.E.B. DuBois Consultants.....then it has to be equally fine to promote a Buy White event and have it sponsored by The Suburban League of Kansas City and the National Association for the Advancement of White People. One without the other is unfair and unequal.

Anonymous said...

Only an complete idiot would come up with this idea, of course it’s racist, that’s why they came up with this so they can shut whitey down! Lmao!!!

Anonymous said...

It's the retail equivalent of minority set-asides, but not so far mandated by law. Non-black vendors have to provide value to get customers. Black vendors, apparently not.

Cns said...

I think when you hear some of the antipathy for Asian or middle-eastern merchants from SOME people in the 3rd district, the racism is a little more obvious.

Gizmo said...

LOL on whoever mentioned hair braiding. You've done your research my friend!

Anonymous said...

If it keeps them out of JoCo retail, I’m all for it.

You fucker said...

84% of the future 500 ceos are white. So if you stop lying to yourself its always been buy white.... What white people did to black ppl since the 1600 to now is why we need buy black... Most white ppl in this country are decendants of immigrating trash from europe in the early 1900s(I.e. the titanic)... Irish where given(not earned) the police department... Italins got the fire department... Jewish(ish cause they are Roman imposters) got civil service( city, state, fed government, lawyer or liar). If you just be truthful all whites know they got a hell of a hand out to get started in America. Blacks on the other hand got killed, beat, thrown in jail, or bombed for having a successful buisness.

Anonymous said...

^ winner of the Most Idiotic Post of the Week.

Anonymous said...

But the blacks got the sanitation department but fucked that up

Anonymous said...

A White Sale was traditionally in the spring for bedding.

Anonymous said...

What is a flash market? And do they really thing big spenders would go slumming to 34th and Paseo for weaves and more?

Anonymous said...

White people do buy black. We buy them food, housing, healthcare, education. We buy them everything.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. There was a group at Dillard’s in Zona Rosa today that were like a pack of rabid tree squirrels. Who wants that sort of nonsense when shopping.

Anonymous said...

10:14 for the win! 10:16 for the truth

Anonymous said...

9:29 19 Trillion Dollars and still, you're suckin eggs.

You can't fix stupid.

Get Sickle Cell on steroids and die.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't buy ANYTHING from blacks. No, screw those animals. Whatever they're selling is either stolen or defective. Never, ever do any kind of business with blacks. Just avoid the groid....

Anonymous said...

To my crack addicted friends, who have heroically buying black for the past decade.
Cheers, you are on the right side of history.

Anonymous said...

10:14 for the win!

Anonymous said...

Now if we could just get them to fuck their own.

Anonymous said...

I would but I don't eat that much catfish any more.

Anonymous said...

9:29, you need to check your dates. Lol. I suppose you’re a product of KCPS?

Anonymous said...

if i go to a automotive business, do not know the race of the proprietor, and all the employees are black and stoned, can that count as buying black?