Why doing work for the community doesn’t mean doing it for free

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Why is it that we can yell „BLACK LIVES MATTER“ at the top of our lungs but when it comes to spending our money on black brands or black companies, all of a sudden it’s not our responsibility?

If you would love to be doing that but the struggle is real right now, I am not talking to you but if you been doing your summer haul at H&M, bought your new Gucci slippers and your KKW contour kit, then „ring ring“ this is your reality check.

Honest question: How do we clear our memory of all the companies and brands benefitting of black culture without even compensating the black people whose culture they make money of and often times appropriate?

It is one thing to put in work as a volunteer because you believe in something but actually building or creating a product isn’t free so you shouldn’t expect it to be given to you for free and no, also not with a discount.

Photo by Kat Yukawa

Photo by Kat Yukawa

My advice to avoid the mentioned above:

  • Support your local black business

  • pay black artists

  • compensate black people for the work they are doing for the benefit of the community, for the things maybe you don’t have time for.

Compensate them as another way of activism that, in this case, may not only benefit you in the long run but at the very moment you purchase a product or pay for a service.

Black Lives Matter! Not only after we lost them but every day we get the chance to support a Black Business and therefore the black people behind it.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao

Photo by Nathan Dumlao

Author: Jaide Fuchs, @jaidefuchs

Nana Addison