It’s another Black Friday in the U.S.A. I’ve seen several memes and hash tags on social media encouraging Black Americans to boycott Black Friday this year. Some of the memes are ridiculous and historically inaccurate in their implications. But overall I share their point of view. Black people should not break their necks to throw money at White controlled retailers.
I am a college educated, underemployed Black woman that has worked in retail for many years. Retail is an extremely racist business. A lot of retailers only want to hire Blacks for menial, low paying jobs and they only want to hire Whites for jobs that have good career and earning potential. I have seen this happen at various organizations that I’ve worked for. I’ve even held retail management positions but I was treated so poorly in those positions that they did not last long and I was not able to build a long term career based on those opportunities.
I’ve also noticed that retail seems to be very sexist as well. I’ve observed at many retailers that are supported by women through patronage and labor have a gay male manager. Why on Earth would they hire a man to run a Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe when surely there is a young woman that is capable of the job? All of the male, gay managers that I have seen in these positions are White.
We all have to shop at some point. I am interested in learning to sew but I don’t think I’ll ever be a person that will make all of my own clothes. Unfortunately for Black Americans that means that at some point we will end up supporting a White owned company that creates poverty and hardship for Blacks. But I will be damned if I sleep outdoors to have the opportunity to throw my money at these people.
Here is a list of retailers that I have worked for in the past that gave me the shaft and I believe that it is because I am a Black woman.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth
Happy holidays everyone. Choose wisely where you spend your hard earned dollars. If they wouldn’t hire you don’t hire them!
Last Wednesday afternoon my car tanked on me. I was running an errand for my job and the car just died as I was turning into the parking lot. It was very frustrating and embarrassing too. The car sat in the middle of the street at an angle until two men helped me by pushing my car into a parking spot. The men helped jump my car even though the engine did not stay on. The car needed a new alternator.
The first gentleman to arrive on the scene knocked on my window to ask me if I was OK. He said he was concerned because he saw that my head was down. I was trying to look up a tow truck company in order to get my car out of the street. But I’m glad to know that if I was passed out in my driver’s seat like that there are people around that would help me out. The second gentlemen to help me worked at the sports apparel store in the strip mall. He took the time out of his work day to investigate the scene and help a woman out. I’m very grateful to the both of them. They turned a very frustrating situation into an encouraging one.
Another child has been killed in America’s gang wars. His name is Tyshawn Lee and he was nine years old. Men lured him into an alley way and murdered him because the little boy was thought to be a snitch of sorts. His father is said to have gang ties and he is not cooperating with the police. Three men have been arrested for the crime.
Since my childhood there has been a lot of talk about what to do about street violence. I’m not sure what can be done. Tyshawn was not killed because someone needed money, or food, or shelter. He was killed because he was a threat to a gang. The men that murdered him placed their love and loyalty of their gang ties above all else. The gang was more important than the innocence of a child or human decency. The gang is their idol. The gang bangers have sold their souls to the devil.
There is no community leadership, social program or jobs program that can help men like these. Even if jobs were plentiful in their community these men probably wouldn’t take interest. They are far too consumed with “Thug Life” to pursue anything decent. I could understand, stealing, drug dealing or prostitution if you are desperate for money. But I can not comprehend how anyone’s heart can grow so cold that they could kill a child.
Over the last year the evening news in Kansas City has been filled with stories of elementary aged children who have died in drive by shootings. Most of there murders remain unsolved. Allegiance to the streets keeps evil secrets and families continue to mourn with no justice.
We need to be honest with what we are dealing with. Inner city street gangs are not merely troubled youth or jobless young men. If that was the only problem they would just vandalize property or fight and kill other men. But these men kill children and go on living for the next kill. Their hearts and souls are possessed by Satan. Their hearts need to be set free by Jesus Christ. There is no other way. There will be no peace without more men in America’s inner cities repenting of their sins and asking Christ to restore their hearts. It takes prayer and reading the Word. I hope more do that before they go to prison, kill or are killed themselves.