HOUSTON – Many Black people across the country are participating in an economic protest on Tuesday in wake of racial injustices in the United States.
#BlackoutTuesday, also referenced as #BlackoutDay2020, is a call to action where African Americans have been asked not to spend a dollar and if they do, they are encouraged to spend their money with black-owned businesses only.
The initiative has been organized largely in response to the killings of George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. The protest has also been used as a way to promote other Black-owned businesses.
“This is a way to raise some awareness about what happens when the Black dollar is not being spent on a given day in the country,” said Judson Robinson III, president of the Houston Area Urban League.
Robinson says the economic rights of Black people must be a part of the current larger discussion around civil rights and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“When you talk about a $1.1 trillion spending power we currently have, headed toward a $2.1 trillion spending power that we’ll have by the end of 2021, I think that dollar needs to be respected. I think that it’s important for the American economy to take advantage of that and support those who are supporting you,” Robinson said.
Black business owners say they are encouraged by the renewed effort to buy Black.
“It‘s been really huge and it’s been really powerful. People come in with intention and I’m happy to see they did the research and say ‘we’re looking to see where the Black-owned businesses are'”, said Jackie Adams, owner of Melodrama Boutique on Almeda Road in Third Ward.
To mark the day, People of Peace, a non-profit organization formed in the wake of Houston’s protest against the killing of George Floyd, held a meet and greet with Black business owners in Emancipation Park.
“We want to be able to connect the community with the Black-owned businesses. The black dollar is very important, so if we learn how to gauge that, and invest it and do the right things and be innovative with ourselves and invest in ourselves then they sky is the limit,” said Daria Savannah, vice-president of People of Peace.
Here is what some people and organizations had to say about the boycott on social media, and how they are showing solidarity:
It's #BlackOutDay2020! We want to highlight our alum who lead Black-owned businesses. Tag your websites below!— Prairie View A&M (@PVAMU) July 7, 2020
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Why is shopping black more important than a one day “black out” protest? Click the link in my bio to find out about 3 of MANY of my favorite black owned businesses and why it’s important to support your skinfolk! My reference is from the great author of “PowerNomics” @drclaudanderson . . . . . . #BlackOwned #BlackOut #ShopBlack #BlackBusinesses #BlackOwnedBusinesses #BlackDollar #Powernomics
I know that this says people of color, but if your not a person of color and you agree with equality and putting stop to police brutality you should and are more than welcome to participate in this event. #BLACKOUTDAY2020 pic.twitter.com/XNpUisyK86— Tia'Jah Adair Siobhan Noelle 🌹 (@edwards_tete) July 7, 2020
Keep the dollars in ya pocket today or shop black. Nothing else. They gotta feel us collectively. #BLACKOUTDAY2020— WTBz (@Dino_Brown) July 7, 2020
Let's do another black business thread today for #BLACKOUTDAY2020! Promote your Black owned business below! Don't forget to retweet others ❤️— OG ❤️💎 (@ogpennyproud) July 7, 2020
Today we remind America with #BLACKOUTDAY2020 the buying power of people of color and all Americans who are against the travesty of systematic Racism .dont purchase anything for today ✊🏿🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😷😷😷😷🙏🏿— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) July 7, 2020
Don’t forget July 7th is #BlackOutDay which is a nationwide economic blackout. Black people contribute trillions of dollars in US Spending. Don’t spend a dime unless it’s black owned— June 10 👉🏾👈🏾 (@CraveBrii) July 7, 2020
#BlackOutDay is Today! No money being spent unless it’s with Black Business ✊🏾✨— Isaiah King (@IamIsaiahKing) July 7, 2020
Not one dollar, not one dime, not in person, not online!— dstinc1913 (@dstinc1913) July 7, 2020
We stand in solidarity and take back our economic power.
Sorors - visit the #DeltaRedPages to support soror-owned businesses and nonprofits. #BlackOutDay2020 #DST1913 #PowerInOurVoice pic.twitter.com/mSCPaqOGUL
#BlackOutDay- One way to dismantle institutional racism is to promote economic empowerment and uplift our people through lifelong support of Black-owned businesses. Participate on July 7, 2020. #AKA1908 pic.twitter.com/tguWSSDYNX— Alpha Kappa Alpha (@akasorority1908) July 6, 2020
Today is National #BLACKOUTDAY2020 !— Sigma Gamma Rho (@SGRho) July 7, 2020
The campaign challenges Black people, people of color, and allies to avoid spending money on that day - no purchases online or in-store - unless it is a Black-owned business.#SigmaGammaRho #SGRho #BlackOutDay pic.twitter.com/PP3DUDeV5s
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. encourages Black people, people of color and allies to avoid spending money on July 7, 2020 - no purchases online or in-store - unless it is a Black-owned business.— Zeta Phi Beta (@ZPHIBHQ) July 6, 2020
💙💙💙💙💙🕊#zetaphibeta #zphib #BlackOutDay pic.twitter.com/MsEY3A5BoJ
A thread on some black owned businesses we should all be supporting. Please add yours. #BLACKOUTDAY2020— Omega Psi Phi (@OfficialOPPF) July 7, 2020
Today is #BlackoutDay2020! We encourage people of color, and our allies, to avoid spending money - in person or online - unless you’re supporting a black-owned business. #WeStandTogether #AlphaPhiAlpha #ForThe7Jewels #APA1906Network pic.twitter.com/F7QQ5hh4bK— Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ® (@apa1906NETwork) July 7, 2020
#BlackOutDay 2020 is tomorrow, July 7, 2020. We ask black people, people of color, and allies to avoid spending money on that day - no purchases online or in-store, unless it is a Black-owned business. One way… https://t.co/uXKz4LU3vx— Iota Phi Theta (@IPT1963) July 6, 2020
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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. supports #BlackOutDay2020. We stand with other #NPHC organizations in this effort. The campaign challenges us all to make no purchases on July 7, 2020, unless it is a black-owned business. The city of Phoenix has provided us with a list of black owned locations as we prepare for the 85th Grand Chapter meeting. We have also unofficially partnered with My Black Business (@myblackbiz / https://MyBlack.Biz) so that brothers can list and find black owned businesses all over America to support if they so choose. We can make an impact. Please post and share the image on all your social media platforms. #blackoutday2020