Counter-Racism Economics STOP # 1: STOP spending your money where you are NOT respected

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Target Market News releases 15th annual ‘Buying Power of Black America’ report

“In 2008 black consumers had total earned income of $803 billion. They ranked 17th among the economies of the world in comparable gross national income.

Apparel Products and Services

$26.9 billion

Appliances

2.2 billion

Beverages (Alcoholic)

2.8 billion

Beverages (Non-Alcoholic)

3.1 billion

Books

289 million

Cars and Trucks – New & Used

31.5 billion

Computers

3.5 billion

Consumer Electronics

4.5 billion

Contributions

11.0 billion

Education

71 billion

Entertainment and Leisure

2.8 billion

Food

65.3 billion

Gifts

3.5 billion

Health Care

23.9 billion

Households Furnishings and Equipment

12.9 billion

Housewares

836 million

Housing and Related Charges

166.3 billion

Insurance

19.0 billion

Media

8.3 billion

Miscellaneous

4.4 billion

Personal Care Products and Services

6.6 billion

Sports and Recreational Equipment

1.0 billion

Telephone Services

17.2 billion

Tobacco Products and Smoking Supplies

3.1 billion

Toys, Games and Pets

2.4 billion

Travel, Transportation and Lodging

6.4 billion

http://www.targetmarketnews.com/storyid01201001.htm

We all know (we) black people spend a TON of money enriching the communities of people who despise us.  I know black people who are “eating out” even when we are behind on our rent, mortgage, and utility bills. I know this because I was one of them.

There are many reasons for this, one of them being the NEED to please ourselves, treat ourselves, and soothe ourselves after being subjected to a lifetime of PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA under the system of racism/white supremacy.

But, we are a RESILIENT PEOPLE, who are ABLE to learn from our experiences (if we choose to), and RIGHT NOW is the RIGHT TIME to use our EXPERIENCES as the Victims of racism to EMPOWER OURSELVES by RESPECTING OUR BLACK DOLLARS instead of  enriching the businesses, families, and communities of THOSE WHO DESPISE US AND DISRESPECT US.

It is VERY telling that our SECOND biggest expenditure was FOOD (65.3 BILLION DOLLARS)  while the LEAST amount of money was spent on BOOKS ($289 Million). 

A great deal of our food dollars were spent on take-out and restaurant food, so let’s take a look at some of the WHITE-OWNED RESTAURANT CHAINS we regularly patronize where our hard-earned BLACK DOLLARS are NOT RESPECTED.

EXAMPLE  # 1 — DOMINO’S PIZZA

DOMINO'S PIZZA

Carla Robinson ordered a pizza from her local Domino’s and  her niece saw “niggers don’t tip” on the receipt. She reported the incident to management and the offending party has been fired, but since that time she has received harassing phone calls that echo the sentiment expressed on the receipt.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video/dominos-pizza-racist-receipt-11462227

EXAMPLE  # 2 — CRACKER BARREL  (LEWISVILLE, TEXAS)

CRACKER BARREL

Church members seek $4.5M from Cracker Barrel over alleged racial discrimination

May 2, 2011 3:41 PM

SHERMAN – A Dallas pastor and members of her church are seeking $4.5 million in a lawsuit against Cracker Barrel for racial discrimination and assault after a staff member gave them a threatening note.

“This case arises out of an all too frequent act of blatant racism at the local Cracker Barrel,” the suit states. “At an after-church lunch, Pastor Hytlon, her husband, members of her congregation, and their children — all African-Americans — were treated to repeated slights by Cracker Barrel staff …”

According the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were all subjected to pervasive and intentional discrimination when they were subjected to extremely poor and disproportionate service relative to white customers, segregated seating, racial slurs, threats of bodily harm, and offensive physical contact.”

The alleged incident occurred on April 18, 2009, as Rev. Margelee Hylton and members of her congregation entered the Lewisville restaurant for lunch. The group states they waited an inordinate amount of time before being seated, and were then seated near the kitchen at the back of the restaurant.

After waiting for service and their food, the group was leaving when a Cracker Barrel employee allegedly handed them a note which stated: “Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live.”

The plaintiffs complained to the cashier and to the manager but claim they were non-responsive.

EXAMPLE  # 3 — CRACKER BARREL  (NORTH CAROLINA)

Cracker Barrel customer says bias was ‘flagrant’

williamsMichelle Williams, here with daughter Delana, 10, says she was a victim of discrimination at Cracker Barrel.

Their stories sound like tales from the pre-civil rights era. Terri Wise, 34, of Charlotte, browsed in a local Cracker Barrel store in 2001. Wise, who is African-American, says a white saleswoman followed her.

When she picked up a doll, as shoppers do, the saleswoman took it from her and put it back on the shelf. The same thing happened with a greeting card. When Wise looked around, she noticed a white patron touching merchandise freely — without supervision.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/companies/2004-05-07-cracker-barrel_x.htm

EXAMPLE  # 3 — CRACKER BARREL  (ARKANSAS)

The Rev. Henry Harris, 55, also African-American, says that at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Arkansas two years ago, he and his family watched for 35 minutes as white diners in parties of the same size who arrived after him were escorted to tables.

He wound up in the smoking section “with other African-American patrons,” even though he had requested non-smoking and tables were open there. When he appealed to a manager, he “politely looked at me and said if we were dissatisfied … there was a Burger King” around the corner.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/companies/2004-05-07-cracker-barrel_x.htm

EXAMPLE  # 4 —  CRACKER BARREL 

Chris Rock’s Mother To Sue Cracker Barrel Over Racism

Chris Rock’s mother is to sue a South Carolina restaurant over claims she was the victim of racism by the eatery’s staff. Rose Rock and her 21-year-old daughter visited the Cracker Barrel chain’s restaurant in April. They allege they were the only blacks in the building and ignored for half an hour before anyone served them. Rose claims she asked the manager about the delay and was told they could have a free meal.

But she complains, “He never called over the waitresses and asked, ‘Why did these people sit here for an hour without service?’ The only thing he said was we could have a free meal and neither of us wanted to eat.”

Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Julie Davis insists the company doesn’t tolerate any form of discrimination: “It has always been a violation of our policies and procedures and it is neither condoned nor allowed.” She added the restaurant chain was investigating and taking the complaint “very seriously.”

Rose contacted the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission immediately after the incident and was told her complaint would be handled, but “nothing ever happened.”

http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2006/10/18/chris_rock_s_mother_to_sue_cracker_barre

Actually, we should NOT be surprised about all the incidents of racism. After all, the restaurant chain is named “CRACKER BARREL.”

EXAMPLE  # 5 —  DENNY’S

DENNY'S

In the latest lawsuit against Denny’s, an African American family in East St. Louis, Illinois sued the restaurant chain for racial discrimination and has been awarded $600,000 in damages by a federal jury.

Sandra Green says that when her family went out to eat at Denny’s Restaurant, a white waiter deliberately ignored them and used racial slurs when the family finally did get service. Denny’s later fired the waiter.

Repeated Occurrences of Racism

In 1991, 18 young African American men decided to eat at a Denny’s restaurant in San Jose, California. The group claimed that they were racially discriminated against when the restaurant required them to pre-pay for their meals before being served.

Then, two years later in Annapolis, Maryland, six members of the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service filed a lawsuit against Denny’s after an incident in which they said they were refused breakfast service by a white waitress because they were black.

By December 1995, Denny’s had paid out settlements totaling $54 million to over 300,000 people who said they were racially discriminated against at Denny’s restaurants.

http://www.totalinjury.com/news/articles/discrimination/dennys.aspx

EXAMPLE  #6 —  LANDMARK STEAK HOUSE (ORANGE COUNTY, CA)

 landmark

A federal lawsuit filed by a successful African-American businessman against a Newport Beach steakhouse that repeatedly listed him on credit card receipts as “McStinkyNigger,” “McNigShit” and “McCottonwood” has been mutually dismissed, according to records at Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Orange County.

Court files show that lawyers representing plaintiff Mark McHenry and Landmark Steakhouse of Corona del Mar agreed to a stipulated settlement of the lawsuit on Feb. 2 — a month before the case was scheduled to be heard by a jury.

A customer during dozens and dozens of visits, McHenry had considered the restaurant enjoyable, took friends there and was a generous tipper. After one visit he returned home, saw an inflammatory receipt and discovered older receipts were similarly despicable.

Landmark Steakhouse Racist Receipt2

When confronted, restaurant employees including manager Dustin Caratello repeatedly apologized and attempted to downplay the bigotry, according to court records.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2012/02/mcstinkynigger_landmark_steakh.php

Papa John’s Racist “NIGGER” Voicemail

QUESTION:  If the servers and management at these RACIST establishments are BOLD ENOUGH to mistreat BLACK PEOPLE  to our BLACK FACES, what are they DOING TO OUR FOOD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?

Dominos Pizza Employee fired and arrested (news)

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Extremely disgusting cook caught on hidden CCTV camera

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Dirty kitchen staff piss in milk and spit on food, caught on cctv 

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Man gives woman a yogurt sampler laced with his semen

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A Personal Story

When a former boyfriend and I took a vacation to Vegas, we booked a room at one of the nicer hotels, only to find out that the RACIST desk clerk put us on a floor where construction was going on.  I don’t want to name the hotel because I don’t remember which one it was.

After getting settled in our room, we went to a restaurant (I believe in the same hotel) later that evening, still in a great mood because we were on vacation. We ordered some kind of chicken dish and were served some meat that clearly WASN’T chicken. (Looking back, I suspect it was a rodent. Ugh!)

And being that we weren’t aggressive black folks, we very nicely, almost apologetically, asked them to bring us something else. The sly server didn’t ask any questions but took our plates away and brought a dish that looked like chicken. I suspected even then that he knew what the real problem was.

However, many, many times over the years, I often wondered what they might have done to the food we ate so willingly, as we sat there secretly humiliated, knowing we were being victimized because of the color of our skin.

And I was also appalled to realize that it was more important for a (white) stranger to think we were nice, mannerly Negroes who were afraid to speak honestly about our mistreatment than it was to RESPECT OURSELVES, get up from the table — without paying ONE DIME — and find another place to eat.

The next morning, we checked out and moved to another hotel.

It is painful to think about all the MANY times that I have been disrespected in retail stores and restaurants YET I STILL SPENT MY MONEY to enrich those racists.  I won’t say that I will never be in that position again, but I will strive to do better to respect myself AND to encourage other black people to do the same.

There is NOTHING we need so badly (other than basic necessities) that is WORTH our SELF-RESPECT.

Not overpriced luxury cars (go to another dealer, or find a good used car and bank the difference).

Not fancy clothing. (Find a black designer. If you must have clothing with a white person’s name on your FEET, BACK, or BUTT, go to a resale or consignment shop in a wealthy neighborhood. The BARGAINS are incredible!)

Not fancy restaurant food. (some of the fanciest places have the NASTIEST KITCHENS and the most disgruntled and underpaid kitchen workers, like the ones you saw in the videos above).

We have done ENOUGH SHOPPING to last a thousand lifetimes. It is time to OPEN OUR OWN STORES and RESTAURANTS.  And to support the black people who go into business, because OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING.

What Black People SHOULD DO When Confronted With “Retail/Restaurant Racism”

Gus Renegade, the host of C.O.W.S. (Context of White Supremacy) Internet Radio Program weighs in:

Check the link BELOW to listen to and participate in new programs  (as they are announced)

http://blacktalkradionetwork.com/page/the-context-of-white-supremacy

What Black People SHOULD NOT DO When Confronted With “Retail/Restaurant Racism”

Oprah on Zurich Racism Incident Sound Clip

NEVER, EVER BEG A RACIST TO TAKE YOUR MONEY. 

THAT IS THE HEIGHT OF BLACK SELF-DISRESPECT.

WORDS TO LIVE BY WHENEVER YOU’RE CONFRONTED WITH RETAIL/RESTAURANT RACISM

PRINT THIS UP AND CARRY IT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES

“Oops, thank you for the reminder. I had lost my mind for a minute. Forgot we’re in a system of racism. Let me get out of line. No need to spend my money here. I don’t need an apology. I don’t need any coupons.  We’re both leaving and will not be back here ever again and will encourage all other non-white people to also refrain from spending a dime in your establishment.”

(Thank You, Gus!)

More Examples of Retail Racism

JOURNEYS  (RETAIL STORE)

JOURNEY NIGGER receipt

Keith Slater, 22, bought a pair of shoes from Journeys, but later returned them after finding a cheaper pair at another store. Slater received more than a refund, though.

Printed on the receipt to identify the customer are the words “Dumb N*gger”.

“When he showed me that receipt, I could not believe it. He couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. None of us got any sleep just thinking about it,” said Slater’s mother, Linda.

Slater’s father, Keith, feels that “the appropriate thing to do is to terminate the employee because it’s just inappropriate for that to be there, and then to have that deleted from their system.”

The Slaters filed a complaint with mall security, and a representative of the U.S. Department of Justice said it would refer the case to the FBI to determine whether a civil rights violation has occurred.

(look how the “objective” news anchors try to excuse the white female salesperson’s behavior without KNOWING the facts)

OUR MANTRA SHOULD BE:  IF THEY DISRESPECT ONE OF US, THEY DISRESPECT ALL OF US

T-Mobile Black Customer Gets A Racist Receipt

(I bet money black people could SHUT THAT T-MOBILE DEALER down by NOT shopping there)

OUR MANTRA SHOULD BE:  IF THEY DISRESPECT ONE OF US, THEY DISRESPECT ALL OF US

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Comments
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  2. Sharina says:

    Thank you Pam for doing a post about this. I have been pushing some black business es lately as I decided that is where my money should go. Thank you for recomfirming why.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Sharina

      I sense that economics — especially in these trying times — is on a lot of black people’s minds.

      If we can change some of our behaviors, we could support a black business base, which could employ other black people, and allow our dollars to circulate instead of leaving our communities within a few hours.

      • Sharina says:

        The problem is getting other black people to see this. I feel like I am beating my head against a wall in an effort to get them to spend money on their own. It hurts it just really hurts that I can’t reach them and make them wake up.

        • TrojanPam says:

          @ Sharina

          It is NO different now than it was back on the physical plantation when Harriet Tubman tried to convince slaves to OPPOSE their enslavement.

          What should have been OBVIOUS — that they were SLAVES — was not so obvious because they had nothing to compare it to.

          Most or all had been slaves all their lives so their DEGRADED LIVES seemed normal. It was what they had been BORN INTO

          and blacks in the U.S., it’s the same thing. This life is what we were BORN INTO so it’s hard to see it from the outside, even though we all realize racism is a terrible thing, most people just continue doing what they’ve always done without questioning it

          what I’m learning to do is to share info with those who want it, try to share it with those who might or might not want, STAY AWAY from those I know don’t want it, and KEEP IT MOVING

          at some point, everyone will have to decide what is true and what is not and will have to deal with whatever comes, the best way we can

      • Fatima53GA says:

        Pam, back about 20 years ago, I heard a DJ ask that we patronize a black business at least once a week. I have been doing that since that time and even sometimes patronize more than one black business a week. I know that may not seem like a lot for one person but imagine what this would do if all blacks did likewise.

        • TrojanPam says:

          @ Fatima53GA

          I think your effort is admirable! It’s easy to make that pledge and not live up to it. I have to make a better effort, even though I patronize at least one black business a week, but I need to do more and expand that to the African businesses I come across.

          We have to get into the practice of supporting our OWN because, unfortunately, it doesn’t come natural for us.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Sharina

      I believe EVERY black person (and non-white person) can relate to what it feels like to spend your money were you are NOT respected.

      But I think we are so USED to being mistreated, that we’ve developed a certain NUMBNESS that allows us to carry out our business and entertainment, otherwise, we’d be fighting all the time

      But most of the time, we don’t have to fight. If it’s something we don’t need, WALK OUT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT, and let them know WHY you’re walking out and DON’T COME BACK

  3. ms pam u forgot this vid too of racist papa johns delivery guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kHccX7OBK8

    I’ve never eaten at cracker barrel. let them have the restaurant its named after them I would never go to something with a name like that. Dominos is nasty, so no wonder their employees are too. Black ppl should not eat out. When we lived in vegas it was a black owned restaurant that made some good wings but we stopped going when whites took over and the food tasted different. I dream of one day opening maybe an organic restaurant or something. These places want our money but not us. My mom taught me not to support businesses like that. I remember when I was younger and we went to a store and when my mom handed the cashier the money and put it in her hand when the cashier gave her back her change she put it on the counter. My mom kinda went off on her, when I was younger I would be embarrassed but now I see we should not accept that kind of disrespect. I don’t understand how someone could wait so long to be waited on and not leave, my mom would be asking for the manager after 5 to 10 minutes of waiting with no acknowledgment. I try not to eat out much anymore every now and then I get subway that way I see them make my food.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ mstoogood4yall says:

      Thanks for the video link, just added it!

      Also, thanks for sharing. Your mother was ahead in her thinking because she taught you BY example.

      We all need to remember that EVERYTHING we say and do — our CHILDREN are watching and taking their cues from us

      If we put the “feelings” of racists ahead of our own self-respect, we are teaching our children to be their Victims — FOREVER

      I would say the ONLY restaurant I regularly go to is a black-owned VEGAN restaurant — Unity Cafe — located in Phoenix, Illinois.

      Most of the food is made that day by scratch, and it tastes wonderful even to people who like meat.

      If you’re ever on the Southside of Chicago, or near the South Suburbs, check it out. Their phone number is (708) 969-9951

      I love the idea of an organic restaurant run by black people. If it’s your dream you can make it happen

    • Sharina says:

      Funny that is the same reason I will not eat at cracker barrel, but also due to that incident where that white man beat a black woman there.

  4. LBM says:

    Yes. We can go back to CREE’s admonition : let’s not make it easy for them to practice their racism on us. I know of people who were mistreated in stores, had 2-3 hundred dollars worth of stuff rang up, showed their money, then said “never mind”.

    With so many of us out of work one would think we’d be cooking more. Hell, have some pot lucks. I’m just always amazed at how many of us have the china man frying our fish and chicken wings.

    I am happy to say it’s not hard to have Black designers, tailors and seamstresses here in NYC. It’s also not hard to buy prepared food from black sources or even sit in a black owned restaurant (still).

    If we cut the anti-blackness we can immediately save some money and/or at least keep some black folk employed for a little bit longer.

    Perhaps we can all codify skipping lunch one day a week and put that money away until the end of 3-4 months and perhaps donate it to a tutoring/mentoring program.

    Movies. There’s very few movies that require a theatre screen to get the full effect. So with movies going to Pay-Per-View so quickly just wait a second and pay $5 versus 13-14. I’ve been an advocate of a theatre boycott for one weekend for the longest. I think if we’re do it for just one opening weekend the collective act will embolden us towards other economic boycotts.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ LBM

      I agree with Cree. You also made some very constructive suggestions. Yes, just doing one or two small things at a time can empower us without overwhelming us

  5. T.L Sessoms says:

    Have u heard of an app called- Around The Way? it supposedly list black owned business in your current GPS location.

  6. mstoogood4yall says:

    “OUR MANTRA SHOULD BE: IF THEY DISRESPECT ONE OF US, THEY DISRESPECT ALL OF US”

    Amen, everybody else does this but not us, I guess a lot of us have been tricked into thinking it would be racist or anti white to do that. It seems we the only ones who believe in allowing everybody else into our group while they do not allow us into their’s.

  7. Merritt Holloway says:

    Hi Pam,
    Constructive post. I saw a part called Travel, Transportation and Lodging, and I wondered if that had to do with gasoline. And if not, or if so, should we be boycotting gasoline as well. In fact, Shell oil as well as other petroleum companies has committed numerous oil spills and other atrocities in Nigeria and in other non-white countries as well as white countries (Exxon Valdez Alaska). In the past when I’ve mentioned boycotting gas I hear frequently hear I can not get around without a car. My answer which most people never agree with are:

    1. I ride a bike and put it on the bas as well. I pay $35.00 monthly and have unlimited riding for 31 days, plus no gas bills, car insurance bills, car upkeep bills, or tickets for vehicle problems oro speeding, and

    2. and most important, I do 60% of my homework and reading on my bus commutes. Heck, I’ve even be reading “The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept, and the word guide while on the bus.

    3. I began sewing almost 30 years ago, and I’ve been wearing only clothes I make since 1985. I’ve made clothes for my son, my friends, sold a few things, but never bought anything from the gap, old Navy, hilfiger or any other so called designer. I’m only saying this because When I explained to people about how much money you can save by making your own clothes is unbelievable. I bought all my sewing machines. I studied sewing at a trade school, and I bought and read numerous books on the subject. I think we need to become producers and make our stuff.

    Finally I’ll just say that I built all the shelves in my apartment (more than 20 4’x6’x15”), and I do some welding as well and basically build whatever I want. I learned many of my skills from various colleges, libraries, and people in the fields who were generous enough to teach me things because they felt I was serious. I’m only saying this because I think it is part of some of the things we need to learn and do if we want to get from under the global terror dominated system of racism/white supremacy. I may be wrong, but buying ALL my tools and making ALL my things has not only saved me a ton of money, but all my stuff is original. I hope this message can be helpful to us, and please forgive my long-windedness. If I’m off-base or incorrect please delete this post and forget what I wrote.

    thank you for your consideration!!!

    Producer/victim Merritt

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Merritt Holloway

      Don’t know how desirable this is for the long-term but it is a way to cut your expenses yet maintain some creature comfort and privacy.

    • CREE-EIGHT says:

      Outstanding examples, Merritt Hollaway. Practical skills lessens our dependence on non-black folk and moves us closer to producing that which can physically defend ourselves–which is the ultimate counter-racist move. And, that “Producer/Victim” identifier—– I’m using it henceforward.

  8. TrojanPam says:

    @ Merritt Holloway

    your post is so inspirational!

    Thanks for sharing

  9. thanks for sharing life-saving information for victims of white supremacy

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  11. Merritt Holloway says:

    Thank you for your kind words. It is meant to be a mirror. Whatever I wrote you can do it also, plus more. And if we all work to do these types of things for ourselves, I think it has something to do with our collective power, and it better than wasting out time on TV and boredom. I saw this post just now on Gus’ page. I hadn’t heard of this sister before but she is really dropping it.

    Dr. Yaba Blay

    http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=yabablay.com&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#fp=56c24533d42c64d5&q=yabablay.com&rls=en&tbm=vid

    Also someone posted this link. I saw it on FB. Thank you for your dedication, and work. I enjoyed the show yesterday as well as some of your other shows.

    • honeytreebee says:

      This is great. I too do not drive and make similar efforts to either use public services like the library instead of renting movies, buying expensive books, cds and such. I also lok on like for sites that tell you what you can do for free in the city and surrounding areas. Also, the internet is wonderful for taking classes like yoga, and learning how to jar food. Merritt Holloway is so right on in her thoughts and what she is doing. i encourage everyone to embrace such examples and do what you can at home and trade with other like minded people and when the oppertunity presents itself buy black and open your own black business.

  12. m1 says:

    While I support a boycott of all of these places,I’m particularly supportive of a boycott of Denny’s. Let us remember the original name of Denny’s was Sambos. i remember seeing commercials in the 70’s with the original name. The Black Secret Service agents really got to me. You’d think they would’ve had the power as federal LEO’s to shut that place down,but we know what’s up.

  13. Sharina says:

    I don’t know about anyone else but black restaurants are better all around. Food taste better and I feel safer eating there. There are two I go to close to my house. One is run by my uncle and the other by my best friends uncle.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Sharina

      I agree! (although most serve unhealthy food)

      But when it comes to vegetarian and vegan food, black cooks outdo white cooks by a long shot. White people overall don’t know how to spice up their food, UNLESS they’ve learned from a non-white person.

      French and Louisiana cuisine is heavily influenced by black cooks. Cajun food is really CREOLE food, but whites know that calling it CREOLE means giving credit to BLACK PEOPLE, but who most of the cooking in the South? Black slaves.

      They just can’t give credit to us for anything. Even Robin Thicke is claiming Marvin Gaye’s music??

      • yep food from us is way better, I was confused about the difference between Cajun and creole food I looked it up and it really wasn’t much of a difference just creole uses more spices and stuff than Cajun. Robin thicke is crazy, his songs beat does kinda sound like marvin gaye’s song, he should just pay to use the beat instead of suing his family back. I don’t support his music or really anybodys nowadays. And the lyrics for his song blurred lines, is interesting, and its funny the feminists that got rick ross taken down because of his lyrics about drugging a girls drink they are nowhere around protesting robins lyrics like this:
        I know you want it
        I know you want it
        I know you want it
        You’re a good girl
        Can’t let it get past me
        You’re far from plastic
        Talk about getting blasted
        I hate these blurred lines
        I know you want it
        I know you want it
        I know you want it
        But you’re a good girl
        The way you grab me
        Must wanna get nasty
        Go ahead, get at me

        Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica
        It always works for me, Dakota to Decatur, uh huh
        No more pretending
        Hey, hey, hey
        Cause now you winning
        Hey, hey, hey
        Here’s our beginning

        And this idk but me and some commenters on truths blog thought this was directed at black women I could be off though.
        OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
        But you’re an animal, baby, it’s in your nature
        Just let me liberate you
        Hey, hey, hey
        You don’t need no papers
        Hey, hey, hey
        That man is not your maker

  14. Sharina says:

    I hope it is ok to add this link. It contains advertisements for black businesses if anyone is interested.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Owned-Business-Network/111930052157814

  15. I cannot even finish reading this post. Why would a Black person want to eat at a restaurant that is called “Cracker Barrel”?! How can they trust that food?! Maybe it is just a money thing. To go eat there and double dare them to be a “creepy cracka” and sue them for falling for it.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ No Black Pete

      I confess I’ve eaten there before, especially out of town (but I won’t again)

      I wasn’t aware at the time that there was a problem with black people, that was several years ago, the last time I ate there

      Unfortunately, many blacks put the happiness of our stomachs above that of being respected.

      maybe, with time, AND as whites become more BLATANTLY RACIST (and that time is coming), black people will change our spending habits.

      • Sharina says:

        @Trojan Pam

        I think that time is here and when I home I will share two incidents this year that makes me believe it without a doubt.

        • Sharina says:

          Ok. The first incident happened In May of this year. I always walk at the same park day in and day out. One particular day I felt uneasy so I looked back at the start of the walking trail. There was this white guy. Standing with his hands on his hips watching me walk the trail. I looked forward and looked back to see he had gone. Each time I would go around and get back to the start of the trial and past it I would look back and see him their watching and when I got further out he would disappear. So then The last time I did this and looked back he was walking on the trail too. I made the decision at that point to get in my car and leave once I got back past my car. As I was coming up on my car a group of white teens (two guys and a shady white female). pulled up at the park and got out. I was more sure than ever to leave. I got in my car and by this time the white guy on the trail had caught up (which was pretty darn fast mind you). As i am backing out I see he has a hammer in his hand and he immediately walks over to his truck.

          After that I would drive by the park and he was not their for months and then just last week i see his truth their again. The second incident was when a white truck driver decided to give me the finger for letting him get in front of me and me deciding to go around him. I never had these types of issues with white people but be darn sure it is on the rise.

          • wow that is crazy. Be careful when u walk and don’t go at the same time each day that way ppl can’t time when u will be there go different times. Its good to walk with someone else or have a stick or dog with u. As for the driving thing yes they love to flick ppl off, that happened to my mom when she was driving and this a@# hole cut us off and then put his middle finger up.

            • Sharina says:

              @ mstoogood4yall

              I had my son in his stroller when this happened. The sheer fact that he felt comfortable enough in broad d*mn daylight, in a park, with businesses across the street with workers going in and out of the building (they were white), tells me they have lost they darn minds.

          • TrojanPam says:

            @ Sharina

            Glad you were aware and got away safely. I’ve had some close calls myself years ago and now I am very careful to stay clear of white strangers (and some black ones).

            20/20 news show reported years ago that 30 percent of young men and women who disappear every year are black. You couldn’t tell that from the lack of coverage, but I’ve always wondered how many met with foul play at the hands of the type of people you described.

            That’s another reason I have a sense of urgency when it comes to doing these blog posts

            the massive amount of BLACK SCAPEGOATING that is going on via the movies, the economy, President Obama, etc, is alarming CONSIDERING most black people seem unaware of it

            or are in denial about it

            either way, that makes us SITTING DUCKS for whatever is planned

            we better open our eyes, put our thinking caps on, and STOP GETTING IN BED WITH THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT OUR ALLIES.

            • Sharina says:

              @ Trojan Pam

              You and me both. I shutter to think what this unsuspecting white man would have done to me and my son. I have little to no doubt that this has happened to other young blacks in an effort to naively trust in whites.

              • TrojanPam says:

                @ Sharina

                That’s even more disturbing that you had your child with you. There is no telling what this man had on his mind. I’m glad you were aware enough not to trust him. Your experience should serve as a warning to ALL OF US that we are living under increasingly hostile conditions.

  16. @Trojan Pam
    Wow! Great post Pam! You hit o so many things. It’s true we need to work together in order to survive. We MUST support black business at every turn. We are looking at becoming a permanent underclass if we don’t change our behavior very soon! We have to practice group economics. We can only rely on each other!
    http://kushiteprince.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/bob-law-claude-anderson-group-economics/

  17. I preach this to my coworkers everyday when they want to know why I always bring sandwiches for lunch rather than send $6.00 plus dollars everyday for some gross buffet. They call me cheap because I don’t buy things until they are needed, like clothes and shoes and the like.

    These people think spending money makes them better than……….who, I don’t know, but these same ones who complain about the treatment they get when they go to the Mexican buffet. It has not dawned on them that they are EATING in a place that treats them bad. How in the hell can you go somewhere and spend your money and get ill treatment and for food…that you are gonna eat….yourself…what in the hell is wrong with people.

    As I go to the farmers market and get my rolls and what not for my weeks lunch.

    Some folk you just can’t save, not even from themselves.

  18. Joe says:

    Great post. Just wanted to add walmart to list of stores I will not shop in

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Joe

      I confess, I just got some gas at Walmart a few days ago…. sigh

      But overall, I agree with you, Walmart is definitely anti-union, anti-worker, and anti-small business, plus a lot of the products come from non-white nations that use child labor and near-slave labor.

      We all have to try harder to be CONSCIOUS consumers.

  19. decodeSOR says:

    I’m sorry but I cannot feel sorry for anybody, especially Black people, who repeatedly refuse to accept the reality of racism as faced today. This may sound harsh, uncaring and even sympathetic with the evil people who do these things as described in this post, but you get what you deserve when you ease up on thinking that these people are going to treat you with a modicum of respect.

    It’s 2013, but might as well be 1913, because IMO we haven’t gotten any further than we were back then. And I highly doubt if these sort of things will change, looking forward another 100 years, U-N-T-I-L Black people (MEANING US!) get it through our thick heads that white folks are not going to give you the respect you deserve…until you respect yourself! How do you respect yourself? Stop going into these retail stores, restaurants, hotels and other places, expecting these people to respect you based upon the amount of money you spend or because of what the laws says they must do so. It is insane to keep quoting the amount of money we spend with everyone else and have no economic back-up plans, simply because we choose to not accept our unique reality.

    If you continue to let others brainf**k you into thinking that you will not be mistreated time after time, then you will continue to be disappointed. Until Black people get our sh*t together and stop allowing ourselves to be misled with this “pie-in-the-sky” bullsh*t concept that we are all the same and “should” all be treated equally, these white folks are going to keep giving it to us and making money at the same time.

    Shouldn’t we know better by now?
    When are we going really “get it”, as the Latinos, Asians and other ethnic groups are doing?
    I would reason that the majority of these businesses stated on this page are still in business due the the fact that they know WE are dumb and stupid enough to keep spending our damn money there, only to keep receive disrespect and mistreatment and complain afterwards to no effect. Meanwhile, they’re gotten their money, laugh at us, humiliate us and wait for us again and again to make complete fools of ourselves by doing the same thing and expecting different results.

    Reality check: if white folks have never respected us or our money up until now, all indicators show that they are N-E-V-E-R going to do so!

    It’s time to stop talking about what we used to do, what we used to have, what we gonna do.

    • Sharina says:

      @ decodeSOR

      The way I see it being harsh maybe one of the few ways to break black people into reality. I used to be on the belief that people have to see it to realize the reality of it, but I am quickly finding out that is not the case.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ decodeSOR

      I can relate to your frustration but I try to remember that not so long ago I wasn’t much better off than a lot of the black people who frustrate me now.

      However, even though it is NOT our fault that we are so damaged, it is up to US, to heal ourselves and change our behavior. Will that happen for the majority? Probably not.

      We have to want CHANGE, to change ourselves, and I suspect that as long as enough of us have a chicken in our pot, or whatever material and status things we have, we keep our eyes closed to the TRUTH and stay in denial.

      Even those who are struggling now, most don’t seem ready to change the way they think and do things.

      All we can do is try to educate ourselves, plant seeds wherever we can, and keep it moving.

  20. ethan says:

    WONDERFUL Post.many thanks for share… waiting for more.

  21. Mariama says:

    @Pam

    Wow! Thank you for this informative post. With the exception of Denny’s, I did not know that these restaurants have mistreated blacks. They will not get my money. I hate to say that I have eaten at Cracker Barrel in the past along with Dominoes. The more I hear, the more I boycott. It is just the reality we are in. I still have some things to work on. I still do frequent business (ie:Walmart) due to their affordable prices. Change does not happen overnight. I thank all of you for your insightful and encouraging posts.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Mariama

      I have eaten at Denny’s and Cracker Barrel, but I didn’t know about them mistreating black customers.

      Very few people ever do all they can do. We start where we are and work on improving our behavior.

  22. […] Counter-Racism Economics STOP # 1: STOP spending your money where you are NOT respected […]

  23. Josef Mengele says:

    Yeah, you people are so oppressed. I don’t know if I could live a life where I could go to college for free and be hired over a white person to do half as good of a job. It must be so hard going everywhere in your bright green Geo with a $2000 stereo dressed like a thug and then be treated as if you were, oh I don’t know… wearing pants around your ankles and talking like a retard with marbles in his mouth. I can’t imagine why…

    If a white person wrote an article like this, do you think they would be treated as if they were doing some sort of justice to their race, or called a racist and ignorant?

  24. Courtney H says:

    Here is a good video about this issue:

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