The creation of the powerful black community known as Black Wall Street was intentional. “In 1906, O.W. Gurley, a wealthy African-American from Arkansas, moved to Tulsa and purchased over 40 acres of land that he made sure was only sold to other African-Americans,” writes Christina Montford in the Atlanta Black Star. Gurley provided an opportunity for those migrating “from the harsh oppression of Mississippi.” The average income of black families in the area exceeded “what minimum wage is today.” As a result of segregation, a “dollar circulated 36 to 100 times” and remained in Greenwood “almost a year before leaving.” Even more impressive, at that time, the “state of Oklahoma had only two airports,” yet “six black families owned their own planes.”
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In this country, it appears that America sees us as a dollar bill, which in turn sees us as being worthless. As of 2018, the Black spending power is $1.2 trillion dollars. Needless to say, we don't have anything to show for it. Tech companies, grocery stores, sports events, hospitals, etc. are all making money off of us, except US. For 400 years, we've been asking America to accept us, but they only accept our talent and money. We've only asked for the basics: civil rights, compassion and fairness. Unfortunately, we've been handed nothing but heartaches and grief. So, we believe it's time for us to change the narrative. Support ourselves and have them beg US to accept THEM.
RTWT is calling on the support of the Black community. We're asking for a $1.00 donation.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 in which we will give $10,000 to 10 Black entrepreneurs across the United States to start their business in their communities.
The more we raise, the more Black businesses we can start, the sooner we are able to accomplish OUR modern day Black Wall Street.
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