Backing Black Businesses

Safety Pin Box

Your DGB for today is to check out, and hopefully subscribe to, Safety Pin Box.

Remember those horrible first few days after Hillary lost and her supporters, particularly white progressive women, fumbled through life in a haze of tears and disbelief searching for a way to “make it up” to the millions of minority Americans we let down? We took to social media in droves seeking a way to show how desperately sorry, ashamed, and ally-like we truly were. In an underwhelming act of “support,” we dramatically pinned safety pins to our shirts to show the world we were a safe harbor in a sea of white supremacy and hate…or something like that. Shortly after many had pinned their blouses and some had started up Etsy shops selling safety pin earrings, necklaces and - yes - safety pins, the harsh, but deserved, criticism of this act’s tone deafness began. Minority activists criticized safety pins as another way white progressives pay lip service without actually mobilizing, speaking out, or attempting to dismantle institutionalized racism and discrimination.

Two Black women activists decided to turn this non-action into tangible action and developed Safety Pin Box; a subscription service that spells out true activism for the activist-adjacent. Actionable tasks are regularly assigned to subscribers and are meant to develop into collaborative local activism. From the website:

“Tasks will vary in scope from individual to group assignments, and task categories include data collection, personal development, influencing your networks, and showing radical compassion.”

So let us not “put a pin in it,” but rather take up the mantle of true activism and embrace what it means to be a sincere accomplice in these uncertain times, and in doing so, support two Women of Color as they try to educate us.



Help Redistribute the Wealth and Support Black Businesses

Your DGB for today is to seek out and support black owned and operated businesses. Whether these businesses are online, local, or non-profit, do what you can to support them and help redistribute some of this nation’s wealth.

In December of 2015 an article put out by Mother Jones revealed some staggering numbers. 100 of the richest US citizens control as much money as all 42 million of the nation's black population.

Backing Black Business wants to change all that. It’s an online resource, partnering with Black Lives Matter, where you can search for a local, online, or non-profit black run business, or you can register your own black run business. 

As Bernie Sanders said “a nation will not survive morally or economically, when so few have so much, while so many have so little.” American money and power has been consolidated among the mostly white and primarily male for long enough. Do your part to redistribute the wealth while supporting the black community and the Black Lives Matter movement.