Washington, DC– The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) released the following statement in solidarity with the George Floyd protests:
“We stand with those who are rightfully protesting against the scourge of police misconduct, the system of racism, and the ongoing manslaughter of Black men and women.
Today marks the 99 year anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre. Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to America’s first Black Wall Street, consisting of hundreds of thriving Black-owned businesses spread across 35 city blocks before it was burned to the ground by mobs of White Americans, killing an estimated 300 Black Americans.
The current brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery adds to the open wound inflicted by racism, economic injustice, and the silence of those who sit by and watch our pain.
We not only stand with the protesters, we stand with the 15% pledge, which urges corporations to buy at least 15% of their inventory from Black suppliers. Increasing supplier diversity is an issue we’ve advocated for since the inception of the U.S. Black Chambers.
We are fully committed to doing our part to advance and support Black business owners, and to advocate for policies that remove social and economic barriers that have led the nation to this crisis point.
Strong Black communities need strong Black-owned businesses. Black-owned businesses need strong Black Chambers of Commerce. Our commitment – as ever – is to do our part to advocate for Black businesses, Black chambers, and the Black community,” said USBC President Ron Busby
The U.S. Black Chambers encourages the continuation of protest and does not condone violence. Here’s 3 of many ways the U.S. Black Chambers is leveraging its power for the advancement of Black business owners:
- 1.) Page 30 Coalition– holding Congress accountable to prioritizing relief aid for Black and marginalized communities
- 2.) Connecting Black Business Owners with Corporate Suppliers– with the goal of leveraging our corporate relationships to coordinate business partnerships with Black business owners
- 3.) Black Wealth 2020 Initiative– a national catalyst for economic justice for Black Americans
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June 1, 2020