By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

As many of you know, Minister Louis Farrakhan announced at the Justice or Else March in Washington, DC, that Black people would shut down Black Friday this year - to prove to the US that we do not buy where we are not respected.

For far too long, Black people have willingly spent their dollars in businesses, stores, and boutiques that are backed by the very same people who have killed their sons and daughters, who have discriminated against us in jobs, educations, living accommodations.  Money that should and could be well utilized for other more positive things in the Black community, especially during the Christmas season, has flowed from our community into theirs, with no compensating return on the investment to us.

For those of you who aren't clear about what this refers to, Black Friday was developed by the department store moguls to get gullible buyers into the stores the morning after Thanksgiving to buy so-called bargains.  It  is the means by which they grab dollars early on and create a feeding frenzy among shoppers - so that regardless of how many shop during the Christmas holiday season, the have managed to siphon off most of the money up front through so-called bargains. 

There are now local coordinating committees forming in your communities to work in making sure that we make this Black out Black Friday endeavor a success.  

In keeping with the theme, the message and the mission, a film, "BLACK FRIDAY" focusing on Economic Empowerment for African Americans, is being made available. This is an opportunity to enlighten our community and ourselves about the facts that not only do Black lives matter, but Black dollars matter as well.

I am supporting this endeavor - not difficult for me, since I never participated in it in the first place. However, I am also a supporter of Kwanzaa, and have been since it's inception 49 years ago, when Maulana Ron Karenga brought it to the Black community.  Routinely and traditionally I shop with Black merchants anyway - and during the time that we had the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo in NYC,  it was a very simple process.  Now we have to identify our Black businesses and merchants and begin to patronize them on an ongoing basis.  We have to begin to not only rescind our support from a culture that has been anathema to us, be must simultaneously begin embracing the cultural imperatives that have supported and sustained us as well.  

This move, by the way is not anti-Christianity - it is anti-commercialization of the Birth of Christ; and anti- spending where you aren't respected.  

So, get the film; share it with friends, family, church, schools, etc. And let's begin to become our own reparations.  

Stay Blessed &  
Gloria Dulan-Wilson 

The Film 'Black Friday' Focuses on Economic Empowerment for African Americans 

The documentary, "Black Friday", takes an in depth look into the spending habits of African-Americans in America. The film chronicles the financial mis-education of many African-Americans and explores the economic pitfalls that continue to derail the progress of the community-at-large. In an effort to heighten the economic awareness and financial responsibility in the community, the film, Black Friday, presents solutions on how to better manage the $1.2 Trillion dollars that leaves African-American communities annually. In addition, the film champions the importance of leaving a financial and ethical legacy for the next generation.  
In addition, the film champions the importance of leaving a financial and ethical legacy for the next generation. Featured in the documentary are Rapper/Activist David Banner, Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network and host of “The Michael Imhotep Show”, Dr. Claud Anderson, Dr. Umar Johnson, Prof. Kaba Kamene, Tony Browder, Hill Harper, Johnnie Gill, Judge Glenda, Hatchett, Cynthia Bailey, Dr. George, C. Fraser, Dave Anderson founder of The Empowerment Radio Network, talk show host Atty. Warren Ballentine and more.
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Family, this film "Black Friday" joins the legion of films that hammer on the same theme - Black financial power. Now, we need a series of films that motivates us to UNITE and band together to exercise that power. These new films must drain the distrust, self-destructive and self-defeating social conditioning we have been subjected to for over 100 years. The root cause of our problems is not ECONOMIC, in spite of the opinions of many who have studied our situation. Our root cause is SPIRITUAL.
Unless and until we find a way to overcome the devastating psychological chains on our minds, it does not matter how much money flows through our communities. That money will always wind up exactly where the Bible predicted it would over 3,500 years ago - in the hands of our oppressors. 
Deuteronomy 28:33 says: "A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually."
So, where do we start? We must come to grips with our true identity and relationship with the Most High to begin the process of flushing out of our minds the inferiority complex embedded by our oppressor and being restored to our proper place on the world scene. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 identifies who we really are and what sort of relationship with have with the Most High. Check it out.
I am only a messenger, family.

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