The Andersons are participating in The Ebony Experiment.
The ridiculousness of this endeavor is plainly evident but let me lay out a few of my thoughts.
When I was a youngster, I remember seeing posters around the city proclaiming "Replace Black on Black Crime with Black on Black Love." I don't know what wordsmith came up with such a mellifluous tagline but it made me think: Why not just say "Replace Crime with Love"? The whole thing seemed wrong to me: it smacked of divisiveness, petty envy and racism.
It is the same with this 'campaign'
Why aren't more blacks opening businesses in the Anderson's community? Why indeed.
Is it that there aren't enough governmental programs in place to help the fledgling black-owned enterprise? No - quite the opposite.
Some of the minority small business grant sites are:
(US Dept of Commerce) Minority Business Development Agency "More of your tax dollars funding people simply on their race"
National Minority Supplier Development Council
and that's just a few I found after spending 5 minutes doing a Google search.
So the problem isn't money. What else could it be?
Is it education? Mrs. Anderson, in the story, has an MBA from the University of Chicago. There are plenty of well educated people like these two, who happen to be
whack-jobs. The profile of suicide bombers show that the majority are well educated, come from upper-middle class families, and have a narrow view of life.
Gee that kinda sounds like the Andersons!
For you "out of towners" - Oak Park is an Uber-Liberal suburb of Chicago. Austin boulevard is its eastern boundary. Criminals routinely cross Austin, do a robbery, then jump back over the line back to their neighborhood.
So it is no wonder that nobody in their right mind would want to open a business at, near or close to Austin boulevard. You're taking your life in your hands by opening a business over there. The walgreens at 4800 W. North ave loses about $500 per week to just theft, per the manager.
So we see that a qualified and motivated individual wouldn't open a business in Oak Park due to armed robberies and theft - the next question is only logical: If the Anderson's want to "show their love" to their "peeps" then why don't they step up and open their own Black Business?
Very interesting to note, the author of the story claims that someone sent the Andersons a letter accusing them of being "viruently racist" and that the letter-sender refused to patronize black owned businesses. The tact taken by the story's author is that the Andersons aren't being racist, they're just supporting only those people who have the same skin color as them. It can't be the same thing! Don't be silly!
And what is all the rhetoric about these "under-served" communities? They're under-served because no one wants to spend time running a business, shopping or living in a high-crime area. Uh-Duh!
Why don't they step up and start cooperating with the police when they see crime in their blocks? That'd be a good first step.
This story turns my stomach because if you converted the couple into white or asian, the world would be in an uproar about how "racist" they were.
This author says about the same thing and he's vilified as a white supremacist.