Activist Devin Robinson Calls For Boycott Of Non-Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores

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This is an excellent article I found on Devin Robinson and his boycott of non-black owned beauty supply stores.  As some of you may know or may not know, the beauty supply store industry is dominated by Koreans. As Chris Rock pointed out in his movie Good Hair, Koreans control a lot of the hair in the weave industry.

Here’s an excerpt from the article;

The plight of a Black woman takes new heights when she takes part in the time old tradition of going to a beauty supply store.

Millions of us have the same story of being followed watched and monitored in the stores often by people who know nothing about us or our fascination with the very product they sell.

Chris Rock recently highlighted the struggle of Black women to maintain and obsess over something as simple as tresses in his film “Good Hair” and while Chris made his point on the big screen, another man is stepping up to do the same in communities nationwide.

Although he has less notoriety and less fame, Professor and Black activist Devin Robinson has started a national boycott of non-Black owned beauty supply stores to send a message. The message he hopes to send is one of equal treatment, one of fair distribution and one that can ultimately pump millions of dollars back into the Black community. This Black beauty supply owner and founder of “Taking It Back Black Campaign” schools men and women on the skills needed to successfully own and operate their own store.

Click below to read the full article;

http://hiphopwired.com/2009/11/18/16106/

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2 thoughts on “Activist Devin Robinson Calls For Boycott Of Non-Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores

  1. While I appreciate supporting African-American owned businesses, I find this article a bit divisive. There are many non-black owned beauty supply stores that are part of small communities, and whose owners know (and respect) their customers.
    I would offer that we begin getting to know our store owners – African-American, Korean, or otherwise – and begin developing relationships with them. Relationship building goes a long way toward community building. It’s harder to “other” someone that you know. So I encourage all of us understand that RESPECT begins WITHIN ourselves, and that NOONE can disrespect you without your express participation. Avoid any business that does not reflect your inner sense of self respect – but understand that that inner self-respect must FIRST be present within YOU. You can’t disrespect yourself, then be mad at someone else for doing the same thing!! Peace, and to reiterate Brother Marcus Garvey’s words “remove the kinks from your heads, not from your hair” – that is, the erroneous thoughts that continue to keep us in bondage – even if the thoughts would seem justified.

  2. I happen to agree, but this will only work with those African Americans who see his point and listen will stick together. This should apply to all aspects of any business where the owner is one of color, from hair to clothing and what ever else we sell. We as a whole have a long way to go with this idea. We need to support each other with this hair/beauty ban, and have the Black owned businesses online where their products can come directly to the public. Then these who do not respect us enough to begin with will see they need us more than we need them. Why put your hard earned money into the hands of anyone who does not respect you? (And this applies to all complextion tones too.)

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