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 . . .