RIOT at the voting polls. RIOT by staying home this Black Friday. RIOT by filling out a college application, pulling up your pants, closing your legs and buying a house. RIOT by withdrawing from a popular culture that portrays you as empty brained thugs and over sexualized whores. You think turning over a car or burning down a store means ANYHING? RIOT RIOT RIOT RIOT RIOT!!!!!!! ‪#‎FergusonDecision
Michael Brown MemorialBy now you’ve heard about the Ferguson, MO grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of the unarmed Black youth Michael Brown.  By now you must have seen video clips of the St. Louis prosecuting attorney, Robert P. McCulloch, defending the decision to not prosecute officer Wilson, or any of the other officers in the five cases of police violence brought to a grand jury in his jurisdiction.  Certainly by now you know that neither the Democrats (did you know that Robert P. McCulloch is a Democrat?) or President Obama, or your anger, or your disgust, or your rage will have any impact on the prevailing decision handed down by that grand jury.  A grand jury that was made up of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man.  Nine votes were needed in order to indict Darren Wilson.
Wilson and McCullochFerguson City has 14, 297 Blacks, 6, 206 white people.  St. Louis is split almost 50/50 between Blacks and Whites, Ferguson city is over 67% Black, but 9 of the 12 people on that jury were white? How could this have happened? I’ll tell you how.  Who is registered to vote in Ferguson, Missouri? CNN reported that, “voter turnout for Ferguson township was far from historic. Of 24,334 registered voters, 10,222 cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, a turnout of slightly more than 42%, according to an initial tally. There wasn’t a wave of new voters, either, as only 204 residents registered to vote between August 11, the Monday after Brown was shot, and October 8, the registration deadline for Tuesday’s election, said Rita Days, St. Louis County’s director of elections.” See Business Week post on how white power is maintained in the St. Louis area.
Before you get smug and say Prince George’s County is nothing like that, harken back to November 4th when a whopping 38.3% of our registered voters flooded the polls. Our bedroom community remains alseep. Right now, where is the post-Ferguson response from our council people, our county executive, our county NAACP?  I think there has been no response because they know their constituents aren’t burning hot mad about what happened in Ferguson.  They know you don’t care, at best, or that you are deluded into thinking that kind of thing doesn’t happen in our area, at worst. 
Money StackedI am in talks with influencers in the church, media, and politics who are just crazy enough to believe that something can be done.  I’m not interested in the usual cast of characters who spew the same rhetoric then return to doing the same things.  The first place of influence we must examine is our spending.  Black people have over $1 TRILLION dollars of spending power, this according to a Nielsen report, African-Americans make an average of 156 shopping trips per year, compared with 146 for the total market. While 81 percent of blacks believe that products advertised using black media are more relevant to them, only 3 percent ($2.24 billion) of $75 billion spent on television, magazine, Internet and radio advertising was with media focused specifically on black audiences.  
What happens if we focus this trillion dollars in spending where we want it? We get to be heard.  People listen. I have no faith in the government or the humanity of humans.  It was so disheartening to hear Missiouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal talk about the institutionalized racism within Missouri and its Democratic party.   What every business owner, politician, and pundit understands is money.  I’m not shopping in a store or online for Black Friday.  It’s a #HandsUpDontShop season for me.  I ask that you join me.  Spend as little as possible and stay focused on purchases that benefit your future, community and family.  There are passive dissenters who say this approach is not sustainable, that this has been tried before.  To that I say this: continue cake walking  in the big house.  I choose to form a strategy in the field. 
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I stand with you Cheryl! I am crazy enough to believe that something can be done!

The voting stats here (and there) were an excellent point!! I was disheartened after I came home from being out all day 11/4/2014, laid down; then, remembered I HAD TO GO VOTE!! I got up and went to an empty polling place, and one of the pollworkers remarked ‘he always comes’. I didn’t feel special (but appaled out of thousand of PG residents, I could be remembered). #smh …especially since voting for President Obama was a two hour wait.

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