Renowned American singer, songwriter, actor, businessman and dancer Usher Raymond IV has reacted to the racisms in the United States of America.
In the past few weeks, debates on racism in the United States of America became topical due to the murder of George Floyd.
George Floyd is an African-American man from Minnesota who died on 25th May, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes.
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In a Facebook post, Usher said
“Racism in America is a systemic problem. In the United States, the most effective way of changing policies, laws and even the constitution is through ECONOMIC
POWER. We, as African-Americans, do not have an economic base from which to attain this power. We are currently participating in the building of an economy that we do not own nor reap the profits from. We are working to make OTHERS richer and more powerful. It seems that we
have no other choice but to build our own economy that African Americans own.
We should establish an economic ecosystem in which our businesses are interdependent and supportive of each
A system in which we build and support our own businesses: our own gas stations, our own retail stores our
own tech companies etc… This will give us the power to make the radical changes needed to free ourselves from this oppressive and unjust system under which we have always suffered.
I will be posting a series of video clips of African-American activists speaking about the lack of African American industry and economy and the fact we need to change this paradigm for our own survival as a people. I will also post a list of African American Businesses that you can support
now. Let us create and build our own future so that we as African Americans may grow and prosper instead of dying in the streets.