As we all continue to try and process the senseless deaths of far too many like, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, there are some people still left wondering what to do. Please take a deep breath and move past that. Your support all around is needed. And your business support is welcome and essential during these turbulent but hopeful times.
Take A Stand
There are many ways to join the ranks of those taking a stand. In fact, the list of resources and defiant voices speaking out against injustice is long and admittedly a bit overwhelming. Here’s a pretty concise document going around called the Anti-Racist Resource Guide (and this guide is for all ethnicities seeking guidance). Its information is rich and varied and it is all in one place. I keep discovering new things for myself as I continue to digest it.
“Within this guide, please find a variety of resources to explore practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity, white supremacy, police violence, and injustice.”
Your Buying Power
Want to make even more impactful change? Support black owned businesses. Make a difference in the economic life of a small business owner. Empower entrepreneurs in communities of color with your funding and consumer dollars. Closing the wealth gap in this country among blacks and other people of color, will go a long way to shift the systemic racism that time and again leaves marginalized folks behind.
Check out Official Black Wall Street for businesses throughout the country. Use this running list of Black Owned Businesses in Boston to discover some amazing black entrepreneurs where Coils to Locs is based.
Make It Last
Change doesn’t happen overnight so don’t let your support be one and done. Being in this together means being in it for the long haul. Impactful change needs ongoing action. Be constant and consistent. As new small business owners who did a soft pilot launch just before the pandemic hit, Coils to Locs, and others need your lasting support. From your virtual high five as you follow and engage with us on social media. To that business grant offering, venture capital financial support, or that personal hospital cancer center referral in our case, give your support. We’re all in this together.
As we work together, a change is going to come.