In the famous words of the Wu-Tang-Clang, Cash Rules Everything Around ME, literally! We live in a system where 'money is king', and political power is underpinned by political persuasion. One of the legacy’s of slavery and oppression is the economic suppression of People of African Heritage
Its time to break that cycle and it needs to be done as a collective, which means we all need to come together and concentrate our spending efforts in our own communities, so we can begin the process of rebuilding and sustaining our own infostructures. Did you know that within the UK black people contribute £300bn to the UK economy?! With that kind of spending power, imagine what we could achieve if just 1/3 of that wealth is recirculated into the black community.
So how did it all start? Well, Swiss, a former member of the 'SO Solid Crew' was inspired by the energy of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesotan police in the USA. Not wanting us to enter into another cycle of Collective Trauma, Swiss wanted to repurpose that energy to achieve a positive outcome for the black community, Black Pound Day is the result of that motivation, and you can read more about it here
Black pound day isn't about exclusion and segregation; it's about upliftment, solidarity, standing against years of systematic oppression, solution-based empowerment, economic participation, self-reliance, pride, Heritage!
So here's to the first of many Black pound days. I hope you have a fantastic day of discovering many black-owned businesses...