A group of Black radio talk-show hosts believe that Black folks – with an estimated purchasing power near $1 trillion – could force the U.S. government to take a more aggressive stand against theseeming deluge of racial injustices, from the flurry of nooses and hurry to jail Black youths, to racial profiling and predatory mortgage lenders. They say that Black folks can show their power by refusing to buy anything on Friday, November 2,. Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,endorsed the National Black Out Day, but urged that participants use the day to repent and pray. Raleigh, N.C., Attorney and radio show host Warren Ballentine says that if African Americans keep their money in their pockets on Friday, they will send a clear message that the Black community is nothing to mess with. He says he got the idea after joining numerous protest marches this year. “After Jena, [the Louisiana march that drew tens of thousands of people] I decided there’s so many things going on in this country as far as [injustices within] the justice system,” Ballentine, who calls himself “The People’s Attorney,” told The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Michael Baisden and the Rev. Al Sharpton have joined them. “It’s showing togetherness and unity, and it’s one thing we haven’t shown the federal government in a long time,” Ballentine said. “I know this is working because I’m getting death threats and advertisers are starting to worry that they’re going to lose money on this day.” Do you think this is a good idea? Will you participate in the economic boycott on Nov. 2? (Source: BET)
Here’s another question…will you go see American Gangster on Friday. Black people love to see movies when “they first come out”. Does it even matter. Black Folk who protest on Friday can give their money to “the man” on Saturday! LOL.
Ruffmicfreedomwriter had this to say: “In this Nov 1st-3rd called boycott of (what exactly i’m not certain) non-Afrikan or anti-Afrikan commercial entities, why should we not support Denzel’s American Gangsta premiere?
The points made cover this not being Denzels film… Denzels work going down the drain… we support italian gangsta films why not black gangsta films… and why not wait until after the boycott period to go see it.
The viewpoints stated above are precisely the reason why the called boycott holds no power and will exact not one iota of change; we are far too nearsighted. If I may call your attention to the obvious:
1. Denzel gets paid no matter how many of us show up at the theater on opening weekend – his track record speaks for itself and his income is no longer tied to ticket sales
2. This ain’t HIS MOVIE…Blacks are the largest supporters of this industry and the least benefited by it
3. A boycott that lasts two to three days with no specific targets or demands is useless. Lest we forget the Montgomery bus boycott took cooperation of the community and a strong show of solidarity against a single bus company and lasted for 380+ days… yes, that’s right a year plus! Than they were ready to hear our demands… three days, and they know we coming back to give them our money anyway?”
I thought it was just a one day protest…interesting? You know how info travels in the hood. lol What are your thoughts on the whole thing?