Blacks boycott ‘Blackout Day’

The black community, on Nov. 2, decided to take a stand and boycott any business that isn’t black-owned in order to prove their financial worth to the world.

Yet, black people were still seen at gas pumps, McDonald’s, and other non-black-owned businesses throughout the Tallahassee area.

With injustices done to Genarlow Wilson, Martin Lee Anderson, and the Jena 6, it’s easy to think that America doesn’t care about the black community.

Blacks are still being called “n–” in the media, and Don Imus, Michael Richards and Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, have proven that.

People don’t seem to realize how much blacks contribute to this country’s prosperity.

According to North Carolina radio host Warren Ballentine, with an estimated purchasing power of $1 trillion, blacks should be given the same chances and opportunities for justice as everybody else.

With so much to prove, you would think that black people would jump at the chance to be a part of this economic blackout. Why can’t we as black people come together for one day to make changes about the things that we complain about?

Perhaps it’s because many were unaware of this economic blackout and it got a lot less publicity than FAMU homecoming parties. Maybe it’s the fact that some people don’t care about injustices going on, because it doesn’t directly affect them.

If Civil Rights activists didn’t care to fight for our rights more than 50 years ago we wouldn’t have the opportunities that we’ve been afforded.

Martin Luther King Jr. isn’t around anymore, so it’s up to us to ensure that his dream stays alive.

Christine Thomasos for the Editorial Board.