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There’s been a lot of talk of boycotting Black Friday all together or using our collective resources to buy from Black-owned business on Friday as an economic protest. I wholeheartedly agree with this movement for quite a few reasons.

Even without the current “unrest” and unacceptable failings and inadequacies of our justice system and its representatives to bring about anything even slightly resembling “justice” for Mike Brown, and so many more Black and Brown men murdered in the past weeks, months and years, Black Friday has become entirely problematic and flat-out disgusting. Workers no longer have the luxury of enjoying the holiday with their families as stores have opened earlier and earlier each year, up until this year, where there was no holiday at all for many. Do we really need to have that big screen tv at midnight or 6pm on Thursday versus just waiting until normal people hours on Friday? Now, I believe in a good sale, but this has gone way too far.

And there are all of the race/justice/basic human dignity-related reasons that this national boycott has been organized. This has been written about extensively thus far, and there is nothing I like less than people who spend time re-inventing the proverbial wheel. What I will say, though, is that this movement to take back our power and use our dollars with intentionality and purpose, does not and should not end at midnight on Friday. Take a moment to consider carrying this feeling and reasoning through the holiday season and beyond. It may take a little more work on your part, but it is so worth it. We matter, let’s make sure everyone else knows it.

To that end, many of the discussions and lists about buying Black have focused on specific types of online boutique stores, mainly clothing, hair and skin care. I am asking that you think about ALL the ways you use your dollars on Friday and beyond, not just in the traditionally expounded upon markets. Think about the services you use and where there is room to be intentional in other areas besides fashion. Think about Black-owned banks, restaurants, construction companies, law firms etc. as well and spend your money accordingly. This is not just a protest of injustice and White supremacy, but an opportunity to uplift, affirm and support those who are making their own way, following their passions and providing services.  Let’s support each other in every way we can.

What follows is a list of Black-owned businesses I’ve come across and other lists of businesses that have already been compiled in an effort to bring everything to one space and make it just a little bit easier. If you have more to add (especially physical locations!!), comment on this post or tweet me @QualityOfIntent .

Check it out and happy holidays.

Onward.

 General Lists and Compilations:

OTHERS (NOT ALREADY MENTIONED IN COMPILATIONS ABOVE):

(Strictly) Online Shopping:

Location Specific Shopping (although many sell online as well):

California

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Maryland

Massachusettes

Michigan

Missouri

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Texas

Virginia

Washington D.C.

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