Success happens by more than just a pat on the back and a smile, and for Black entrepreneurs, those gestures of love are played out like VHS tapes. What’s also played out is Black business owners working extremely hard, whether it be making the best content online or having the most intriguing businesses in brick and mortars, and not getting the support they need from their own communities.
Instead, of just giving smiles, pats on the backs and those played out likes, it’s time to step it up twenty notches. Whenever Black influencers, creators or business owners go to work each and every day for us all and we enjoy what is being delivered, we must finalize the deal with monetary support – either in gifting a donation or buying merchandise. It’s just simple as that.
James 2:15 reads:
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body what does it profit?
In short and in modern day terms, what good is your like, good luck or you go, boy! if you aren’t really doing something to help them succeed or be filled? And yes, the scripture goes on to say Even so, faith, if it has no works, is dead, being alone.
Sure, you have faith for that business person, but aren’t putting in on the success, so how on earth will they become successful without the works??
All that being stated, it means exactly that. It’s always been necessary for Black people to support each other monetarily because no one else has shown that that they are willing to do so. It has always been up to us. From history’s past, Black Wall Street was built by Black people and other communities such as the California community built by Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth and many more.
These were not Black people who just patted each other on the back. They literally put works with their faith because it’s what they believed in. It’s what they knew would build a self sufficient community. They leaned on each other, not just “liked” each other.
It takes a village… because it just does. Everyone wins, not just one. Finally, the next time you watch a video, read a blog or even are passing by a Black-owned and operated store just getting off the ground, take part in something grand – the building of a better present and future – and do it with a contribution or by making a purchase.