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Willis’ Blog: Where do we go from here?

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I was recently talking with a black business owner who said,  ”I just don’t want to do business with black people any more ”  and in that same week, I met with a white business peer in the industry, who said “this client does not want black people”. Two different people, completely separate from one another, but with one common thread, no need for black people.

It’s a harsh reality that goes either overlooked or simply not addressed. What would cause a business to say, ” we don’t want black people”? Well, I’m glad you asked. When I visited with this business they said, that they had had a bad experience with “black people” in the past. That their business had be ruined by an over abundance of the attendees being black. The consistency of attendees created an uncomfortable atmosphere and as they have moved from that area to another area, they just don’t want to experience that again.

Does this come from , loud talking, loud music, speaking ebonics and lack of respect for their surroundings? Or have all blacks been in the same basket? I see professionals and blue collar workers who are black and they want the same as mainstream America, but yet there is this feeling of “birds of a feather, flock together”.

Then while meeting with a contractor who is black, that contractor said that because of the lack of performance that they had received from several black subcontractors in the last few months, it has led to their decision that  ”I don’t want to deal with them anymore”. So, thinking about the two separate conversations, it makes wonder, where do we go from here? On this blog , I have talked about the fading of black faces in the media and the fading of black tv shows and other forms of media disappearance and it makes you look around to see just what’s really going on. Who wants black people? If black people are saying, “I don’t ” and mainstream America is saying the same thing…..who does?

In Chicago, the black on black murder rate is unspeakable, government entities around the country are seeing a decline in contracts, the drop out rate of black males in public school is over 50% and households headed by black females is north of 70% (where are the black males). Who is addressing those problems? Who can solve the problem? Who wants to solve the problem? Who sees that there is a problem? Or, is there a problem?

Where do we go from here? Since the civil rights era, things have changed and some for the better, but not as positive as it might seem. There was a togetherness and support for one another years ago, that seems to have disappeared. Frankie Beverly of Maze had a song entitled , “We Are One” and that was once a theme in black communities around America, but is that still in place? Should it be?

Maybe it’s too sensitive to openly discuss and thus no problem solving is in the works. It may not be an issue at all, except for a small group of people who still care about pride, dignity and the history of America that some want throw away.  February has been designated as “Black History Month”,  but does it still carry the same weight that it once did? Are there business owners, elected officials, community leaders still flocking to schools to represent their successes to students who could and would look up to them? Inventions such as the clock, the train coupler, lawn mower, the signal light, even the golf tee all came from black people.  But yet, it can be said in 2013, “I don’t want them” and that is said on both side of the tracks.

Has anyone else noticed this reality or is this making a mountain out of a molehill?

Again, when both sides are saying, “I don’t want black people” where do we go from here? Just my observations!

  • Betty Culbreath

    If you locate your business in area where Black people live or go then what do you expect. All you see in White area businesses are White people so this person has a problem.There are places I go all the time and I’m only Black other places I go its all Black.The people you talk with have a problem not us.

  • Vernon Franko

    I think it is detrimental to any business to take such positions that they don’t want to do business with this or that group. If there was a problem with an individual then I could see not doing business with that particular person, but to infer that experience on an entire group of people is stereotyping and not a very smart thing for a business owner to do.

    I will do business anywhere that cultivates mutual respect, honesty and dignity.

  • Justmyopinion

    I am a black female. I see the point of view of not doing business with blacks. I have felt that way many times. Just as of recent, I was in Tyler at a resort, there were quite a few black there. Although there was nothing significant that happened, I remember thinking. This nice resort will soon be torn down by all the blacks. Blue collar, white collar, red collar, whatever status. Blacks are destructive, have no sense of pride, honor or respect in their communities, stores, schools, churches. It is sad. At my daughter’s school, it is embarrassing to see how we have a disregard for following instructions just dropping our kids off. Parents will double park other parents in, triple park and even let their kids out in the middle of the street, 3 lanes over from the curb (the only passing lane), holding up traffic for miles. Black people are disgruntle, lazy, trifling, we have the worst customer service and we look a hot mess most of the time (clothes are too tight or we are underdressed, our horse hair- a whole topic in itself). We seem to never be happy. We don’t speak to each other, we don’t talk to each other in a nice way. We don’t say thank you. It’s sad and it is a problem. We have problems organizing and can’t seem to think for ourselves. And our black men, they have no sense of responsibility they are a dying gender. I live in a mixed community (Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians) and see the differences. I have also worked with a wide variety and see the differences. I love my color and would not want to be anything other than what God made me. But seriously speaking, if I ever get married again, he probably won’t be black.
    As a business owner, producer, consumer, parent, and all, it has been challenging to do business with most blacks. But I love us anyway. Just like Frankie says…. Love is the Key! and We Are One.

    Just one black woman’s opinion

  • Seattle206723

    Astounding race baiting! First I don’t know of any Area that is only black… This is intellectually false and with out scientific merit. What you are discussing is a mind set of a group of people. The amount of color in there skin matters not.

    Being from the Pacific Northwest and have traveled the world and experienced many cultures. This just isn’t the fact. Tell me a persons belief system and Ill tell you what type of person we have here.

    Intellectual education has great merits TRY SOME and not the RACE BAITING!

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