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How To Help Rebuild Damaged Black-Owned Businesses in Atlanta

The Black Lives Matter Movement is very much still in full effect. Protesters have marched the streets of Atlanta for 20+ days demanding justice and major reforms. Unfortunately, in the wake of the revolution, there’s bound to be some collateral damage. Several corporate and small businesses have been hit over the past few weeks as tensions rise over the unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbrey, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and most recently Rayshard Brooks.

A handful of peaceful protests erupted into riots leaving several Black-owned businesses damaged as casualties. As this fight for change continues, it’s our responsibility as a community to take care of one another. Rebuilding and supporting Black-owned businesses is one of many ways to do so.

Atlanta Black-Owned Business Relief

Any entrepreneur understands just how difficult it is to fund, run, and maintain a business. Not to mention doing so during a global crisis. It’s safe to say many business owners weren’t expecting to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage and inventory loss. Thanks to Atlanta Black-Owned Business Relief, they won’t have to do it alone.

A group of six Black women created this online campaign to help rebuild Black-owned businesses during this time. Though these businesses may have insurance, they don’t have the same luxury as multi-million dollar corporations to cover large deductibles. ABOBR is designed to help business owners face these sorts of dilemmas. The relief fund is continuing to accept donations and has raised over $250,000 since May to support 10 local businesses and counting.

photo credit: ABOBR gofundme

Protest with Your Purchase

There is tremendous power in the Black dollar. Black consumers collectively spend roughly $1 trillion a year. We challenged ourselves to only buy Black in celebration of Juneteenth this year. Imagine just how impactful it’d be if this became a habit? Black-owned businesses shouldn’t be the alternative when mainstream, white-owned companies let us down. Funneling the Black dollar back into the community is a form of protest with the potential to hit harder than any physical destruction.

Economic empowerment is required for the Black community to not only survive current misfortunes but to thrive for years to come. When you buy Black you invest in the restoration of wealth in the Black community. Due to the pandemic, several Black-owned businesses have taken advantage of providing services online. You have access to hundreds of products and services at your fingertips. Protest with your purchase.

photo credit: theblackstudents.com

Share Your Knowledge

Spreading information is just as important as donating, protesting, and signing petitions. Encourage your friends, family, and peers to get on board. Share your knowledge of resources and information about how to support these businesses. The more you spread the word, the more support these business owners will have to get back on their feet. Don’t stop reposting, sharing information, and having the much-needed dialogue about how to leverage the power we have. It is so crucial that we don’t let these conversations die down during this time of need in the Black community.

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