The Rise of Black Business Ownership;Embracing Our Birthright to Trade & Commerce

The Rise of Black Business Ownership;Embracing Our Birthright to Trade & Commerce

Black entrepreneurs in Africa and the diaspora, you are the embodiment of resilience, innovation, and unwavering determination. Many of you have built your businesses from the ground up, often without the cushion of wealth or privilege. You have defied the natural forces that suggested you wouldn't succeed, proving time and again that greatness can emerge from adversity. This selected writing is a celebration of your journey and an urgent call to embrace your rightful place in the global market.

It is no secret that the black race has faced centuries of injustice and economic disparity. However, times are changing. The relentless effort of higher, more angelic souls have taken root, fostering a new era of opportunity and equality. We see men and women of all races blending together, defying the very laws that once segregated us. Our world has become smaller through travel and technology, allowing us to share and exchange the richness of our cultures, fostering understanding as inhabitants of Earth.

Reflecting on Exodus Chapter 1:7-14, we find a profound parallel to our history and current journey;

7 But the Israelites [Black race] were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly [continued to flourish despite limitations], increased in numbers [Continued to grow families, have baby daddies, have baby mamas] and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

8 Then a new king (government), to whom Joseph (black people) meant nothing, came to power in Egypt (the country).

9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites (black race) have become far too numerous for us.

10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”

11 So they put slave masters (hard work without adequate pay) over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom [economies] and Rameses [genius inventions] as store cities for [rulers of the world] Pharaoh.

12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians [leaders of the world] came to dread the Israelites [black race]

13 and continued worked them ruthlessly.

14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar [low paying jobs that build their nations] and with all kinds of work in the fields [that feed their tables, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, prisons]; in all their harsh labor [that they themselves will not do] the Egyptians [leaders of the nations built on their backs] worked them ruthlessly.

Just as the Israelites in the Hebrew Bible faced oppression yet flourished and multiplied, so too have black entrepreneurs thrived despite systemic challenges. You have built economies and created innovations that have shaped the world. This narrative is not just historical; it is our current reality.

This writing is not to gloss over the social injustices faced by the black race but to urge you to shift your focus. See your ideas as deserving in the market. See your role in its purpose as vital. Affirm that there is a place for you to compete equally. It is this power that gets you a seat at the table, not pity, guilt, or blackmail. Embrace your past with great honor and forge on with the brilliance of your race.

Leaders like Marcus Garvey have paved the way with his courage and vision. He fought for justice, equality, and the empowerment of the black community. Garvey’s call for self-reliance and pride in black heritage serve as enduring inspirations. Their legacies remind us that we, too, have the power to shape our destinies.

Commerce is your birthright. I Speak directly to the children who identify themselves with the ancient ancestors of the Moors. Remember, commerce is our heritage, our inheritance. In our very cities, other races sell what is rightfully the fruits of our backyard simply because we know not this is our heritage. Children of Africa and the diaspora, taking up space inTrade is your birthright. Let ethics and right actions guide your business dealings always.

Unity and collaboration among black entrepreneurs can amplify our collective impact. By supporting each other, sharing knowledge, and building networks, sourcing collective funding, we can overcome barriers and create a thriving ecosystem of black-owned businesses. 

Black entrepreneurs, your journey is a testament to the indomitable spirit of our people. The world is changing, and we must change with it. Embrace your ideas, recognize your value, and affirm your place in the market. Contribute your portion to the world and be a light to the weaker ones on this journey. Remember,Commerce is your birthright. Rise, and let your brilliance shine. Forge ahead with unwavering determination and pride because the time is now.

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