By Brandon Whitney
We will either be extremely jubilant or sad tomorrow. Either way there will still be work to be done. As we go into this historic election we must continue to focus on the big picture. The question we must ask ourselves is how can we advance the Untied States and the African American people after November 4th?
1. Invest in African American businesses.
Times are hard for all small businesses. This is especially true for small minority businesses that usually have a hard time getting access to credit. If there is an African American insurer, bank, or any other kind of business near you then frequent them. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, but your purchase can be a lifeline to an African American firm.
2. Give to African American supporting causes.
The NAACP under Ben Jealous may be a worthy investment, as might the Urban League. HBCU’s can always use more income and support from alumni and others who believe in the cause of education for minority people.
It goes without saying the voting is important, especially in this extremely important year. Next year there will be local elections. Give money to a candidate that you believe in and make sure that you, and your friends and relatives, get a chance to vote. A friend of mine just got his voting rights back and is extremely excited about participating in this election, we should all be just as excited.
4. Get your money right
When I about money, I speak to myself also. I have been working on strengthening my financial situation and have spoken to this cause often in my blog. My brothers and I have pledged ourselves to becoming a much stronger financial unit as a family. I encourage you to do the same. We live in a capitalist nation and need money to become powerful. I encourage you to do this because without money, it is difficult to do good in the world.
We stand on the cusp of a great event similar to our ancestor’s emancipation from slavery, our grandparent’s emancipation from Jim Crow, and our parent’s ability to partake in mainstream society. Tomorrow will be an occasion of celebration and I am as excited as you are about what is going to take place.
Brandon Whitney is the creator of Homelandcolors.blogspot.com a blog that focuses on issues that affect the African American community. He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Roundtable. Brandon has political experience as an Outreach Director for the Democratic party and is passionate about being a positive force in his community regarding African American issues. He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Roundtable. You can read more of Brandon’s work at Homeland Colors.