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This Black History Month Marks The End Of Struggle, The Beginning Of Black Power

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We don’t simply want another year of “I Have a Dream” speeches and stories of “We Shall Overcome.” As Stokely Carmichael said, “We want Black power.” Power, however, requires a plan: it’s not simply handed out in a drive thru line. Yes, we should remember “the struggle” but we want something more for our children. We have a blueprint and this year, it’s about power. If you missed out on the January plan, click here to get caught up and join us this Black History Month in forging onward.

Asian Americans are far less likely to be unemployed or homeless than whites. The reason is simple — a firm commitment to group economics. Black people must also embrace group economics, urgently. The most basic manifestation of group economics is “Buying Black.” That is, we must make a conscious choice to buy our goods and services from Black owned companies first, at all costs. If your initial reaction to that was, “Yeah, but…” this is not for you. An individual that will rationalize empowering those who raped your grandmother doesn’t hate oppression enough to escape it — we wish you well. To everyone else, you are invited to be a part of a revolution.

Buying Black must be done strategically. It cannot be seen as an act of charity — supporting that Black owned restaurant one time, as some sort of favor to them, will not move the needle. Black businesses need regular and consistent customers, in order to justify hiring and expansion. Without a predictable volume of business, well meaning (one time) purchases simply aren’t valuable. Buying Black, then, must be a lifestyle, an unbroken commitment. That might sound overwhelming to some, so let’s break it into bite size pieces. 

The Blueprint

Each month We Buy Black will identify a single product or service — one most people regularly consume — then provide a Black owned alternative to switch to. Permanently. Switching a single product or service to a Black owned company each month is manageable and since we’ll provide the suggestion, not very difficult. The impact of it, however, is mind blowing. Imagine 1 million Black people turning their dollar to a new company this year and continuing to do so, forever. Instantly, the owner would be a millionaire, one that would instantly need to hire a lot of Black people to service the demand. Each month, by simply switching one product or service, we will impact companies across this country and create jobs without anyone’s help. It’s that simple — one product or service each month, making a permanent switch. 

February

Oral health is essential, no way around it. Bad oral health can and has literally led to untimely death, as was the case for a Black 12-year-old Maryland boy, Deamonte Driver. Driver’s untreated infected tooth led to a severe brain infection, causing his death. Garner’s Garden is a Black owned company that makes superior dental products and this month it’s time to make a permanent switch.

Garner’s Garden’s Oxy Pulling product has no rival on the market: none. It’s a pre-brush rinse that will absolutely take your oral health to another level. Our mouths produce live organisms that are harmful to oral and overall health, around the clock and especially after we sleep or eat. It’s important that we get them out! Oxy pulling was designed to take the place of the oil pulling method. Oil pulling is the process of using vegetable oil (coconut oil is most commonly used) to remove those microscopic organisms that cause disease in your mouth. The oil pulling method requires the user to swish vegetable oil around in their mouth for approximately 15-20 minutes. Whereas Oxy Pulling takes only 30 seconds to achieve 10 times the results of oil pulling or any other oral rinse on the market.

Garner’s Garden Oxy Pulling product should absolutely be part of your family’s oral regiment. It comes in Peppermint Blast and Cinnamon flavors. If this product is not in your bathroom, it’s time to ask why. It’s a game-changer for oral health and also, from a Black owned company that will invest back in our community. Click here to purchase. Also, consider adding Garner’s Garden’s mouthwash and tooth powder to your regimen. Garner’s Garden has specially formulated their anti-bacterial mouthwash to not only provide lasting fresh breath, but it also acts as a way to reduce cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Along with the mouthwash, Garner’s Garden has developed a remineralizing tooth powder that fights against bad breath and helps remineralize and detoxify your mouth. Purchase these two products together in their special oral care package by clicking here.

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D'Juan Hopewell
I care about Black Power. Period. Currently working on creating jobs and funding new startups on the South Side of Chicago and writing here and there at HopewellThought.com. Follow me @HopewellThought.
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