Melanin Money: Black-Owned Business
I’m going to apologize in advance I’m sure my annoyance is different than what you’re thinking.
I’m going to do my best to keep this short and not ramble but this topic gets me going. I HATE and I do mean HATE the constant jargon of things people desire from black-owned businesses. It’s always a list of grievances that happen at all businesses. For instance, not run out of a food item. I’ve been to Popeye’s, Starbucks, Church’s, Red Lobster, Cheesecake Factor when they’ve been out of key items. Yet I never see people hop on social media and say, “this is why I don’t support multi-million dollar businesses”, “this is why I don’t fool with white businesses”.
The other piece is whenever I mention talking more positively about black business in general I get a lecture about negative black businesses. Give me the chance to show you how I do business. I’m asking for you to give equal reasonable expectations, I have a group chat with some fellow female black-owned business owners. In the chat, I posted my blog about me reintroducing Melanin Money to the blog. I was immediately met with tops of I should provide the business with as well as the same negative verbiage about the stereotype I was immediately annoyed. In my mind, I was wondering if they understood that they were included. So, as we discussed and debated I asked the question, “do you hold black-owned businesses to a higher standard?” This was met with the usual rhetoric of how as a black owned business we must be twice as good as our competitors (which is true) to be accepted as equal. To then finally receive a yes, I do hold them/us to a higher standard.
I’m going to try to make this as concise as possible and finish up. STOP! Stop doing that nonsense. Stop lumping everyone together.
Stop holding small (hundred/ thousand/0 dollar) business to higher standards than those of a million-dollar corporation.
Now to my businesses and owners…
Hold yourself accountable. When you make a mistake admit, apologize and fix. That is all you have the ability to do, if for whatever reason that is not accepted than you can at least know you did the best you could in the situation.