Black money matters: It is a thing

MARTINA D. EVANS, CPA, MBA, ESQ. | 1/3/2019, 11:56 a.m.
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Moreover, despite Blacks’ loyalty, the trend of mistreatment by Asian merchants of Blacks seems to be on the rise. There’s no shortage on YouTube of Blacks, especially women and girls, who have endured  beatings with brooms and other objects; being punched, kicked, refused service for no reason; subjected to blatant racism and disrespect; being falsely accused and lied on to the police and others; and even being shot and killed by female and male Asian merchants, business owners and their employees. And let’s not mention the lack of respect, support and patronage by Asians of Black businesses. Yet, that is the thanks we get.  Our individual rights don’t count.

Because of the Harvard lawsuit and for these reasons, I founded Black Money Matters just last month (November 2018) to remind Black people to support Black-owned businesses. Black Money Matters is a not-for-profit social action coalition, the primary focus of which is to emphasize, promote and raise awareness and consciousness about Black economic empowerment. Our motto is, “Buy Black at All Cost.” Black Money Matters will also address and seek short- and long-term initiatives where law and economics converge that negatively affect the Black community, as in this case. Urge people of all ethnicities, including Asian, to sign the petition to dismiss this divisive, frivolous, dangerous lawsuit immediately.  The petition is located at https://campaigns.organizefor.org/p/BMMBuyBlack or a link on our website at www.blackmoneymatters.org.  My hope, vision and mission is to inform as many people as possible about this case, to raise awareness of our spending in the Asian community and to encourage Black people to seek out, buy from, patronize, support and create Black-owned businesses instead of funneling money outside of our community to businesses that support this lawsuit.

A Baltimore Sun newspaper article about Asian business owners contributing $20,000 to Mayor Catherine Pugh’s campaign fund is very timely and enlightening vis-a-vis this case.  As is proven, documented and noted by Pugh, Asian-owned businesses, including taverns, liquor stores, bars and carryouts, have been a major contributor to urban communities’ blight and drug activity.  There’s certainly a connection. Unfortunately, Blacks have become so accustomed to sub-par treatment from Asian-owned businesses that we don’t demand more from them.  For example, at Corner Carryout in my neighborhood at York Road and Woodbourne Avenue, on any given day, Black people are lined out of the door, but the business is devoid of any Black employees.  Incidentally, the owner’s name is Kim, a common Korean surname.  Also on any given day, as I drive from east to west at the crack of dawn to catch the West Baltimore MARC train, Black people are either lined up, outside dancing or crossing Fulton at Pennsylvania Avenue, competing with rush-hour traffic to make their way through the assembled crowd to Red Fox Tavern or the liquor store, its next door neighbor. How can that be good for our children, who have to pass by this degradation as they walk to the elementary school one block away?  And how does a liquor store being open at 6 a.m. improve the outlook or quality of life for my (the Black) community?