“No justice for us, no profit for you!” and “They won’t stop, we don’t shop!” several dozen activists rhythmically chanted from the northeast corner of Harlem’s African Square (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) over the weekend as they urged passersby not to spend their hard-earned money with corporate companies. The demonstration and economic sanction are in response to the nationwide police terrorism epidemic, specifically of original people.
Continuing the success of November’s boycott of Black Friday, a nationwide call is being made for consumers to maintain their discipline, withhold their dollars and not indulge in the rampant materialism associated with this holiday season. Estimated losses were reported to be more than $1 billion, compared with last year’s sales.
“We’re saying enough is enough!” stated Sister Yaa Asantewaa of the Buy Black Campaign. “In order for us to get justice, we have to pool our resources together! We want to withdraw economic support because of the atrocities we are experiencing as a people! This is a great challenge. It’s all about Black economics being redirected to the Black community!”
According to www.killedbypolice.net, 1,145 people of various ages and ethnicities, as well as both genders, have been killed by police across the country this year, as of Dec. 15. In most of those cases, the killer cops who are responsible have not been formally charged, and in many instances they received long paid vacations, at tax payers’ expense.
“In order for us to get free as a people, we have to acquire a lifestyle of pooling our own resource together, creating our own businesses, buying from Black-owned businesses and becoming manufacturers and producers of the goods and services that our people need,” suggested Yaa-Asantewaa. “We’re saying do not spend a dime … We need to show the power that we have. This is a great time, we have to seize the hour and wake our people up!”
Reports stated that the national Blackout of Black Friday, this past Nov. 27, was joined by more than 500 organizations, which united across 42 states in protest of police murders of civilians, many of whom were unarmed.
Taking a page from Carlos A. Cooks’ self-determining Black nationalists protocol, as well as from Amos Wilson’s magnum opus “Blueprint for Black Power,” activists stressed the importance of self-reliance and nation building.
“Don’t stop after the holy daze are over … develop habits which continue on throughout the entire 12 months,” suggested La Meh Nua, Erudite Academy scholar. “Teach it to your children, spread the word in your own communities and set an example for the next generation. There’s power in numbers.”
The significance of the campaign’s purpose was emphasized. “Enough is enough!” declared Yaa-Asantewaa. “We have to make it a lifestyle. If we just do it through the holidays, we’ll go back to suicide again if we continue the same behavior.”
She concluded,“Remember what Adan Clayton Powell said, ‘What’s in your hand?’ our Black dollars are in our hand … We have the power to decide who will do business in our communities and who will not!”