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Re: “What Is Killing the East Bay's Soul Food Restaurants?

It's very simple why a lot of Black owned restaraunts are closing now because Black people don't support each others' businesses. Prior to the Civil Rights movement everything that we needed was in the community and we were basically self sufficient. The Black dollar was very strong in the community and money was circulated about 19 times before it left the community. Now thanks to the Civil Rights Movement what little that we had in the community has been lost. We as Black people need to start supporting each other more now than ever. Right now the only successful businesses in the Black community are the church and funeral home. Remember Black Wall Street in Tulsa Oaklahoma during the during the 1900s' ? We had a lot of Black Wall streets and Rosewoods prior to the Civil Rights movement. Some fo those vacant lots or your backyard can be turned into vegetable gardens. Sell fresh vegetables instead of going to the supermarket and buying food that you don't know where it came from. It's very simple...support Black owned businesses and keep some of that money in the community. Remember Marcus Garvey...Up you mighty people you can accomplish what you will !!! Think Black !!!!!!!

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Posted by vander wilson on 07/13/2009 at 8:17 AM

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