Month: December 2014

Conscious Consumerism

Keep this in mind as you go about shopping the holiday sales: How are you spending your money? Don’t talk to me about high unemployment or institutional racism or housing discrimination. Don’t talk to me about some big corporate giant that is making its execs wealthy off the backs of poor, working people while you spend every dime you earn with those same companies. Don’t want to hear a thing about it until we finally realize that the African-American community has within its purse, pocket and wallet the very means to address many of the problems that plague it…and then do something about it. If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. If you will not provide the missing piece of the puzzle, you are contributing to the jumbled mess. Either we will buy our freedom or pay for our own oppression, I say. They want to talk about affirmative action. They want to talk about corporate greed. I want to talk about conscious consumerism. They want to …