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It’s not what you say, it’s what you DO!

As a small business owner, I am dedicated to creating social change. This is what I have spent my life’s work on and what I will continue to do. Today our focus is on how to build our Black community and help lift the burden off their shoulders. White society has been a weighty burden on every Black person and it is time that we stand behind them and carry the weight of racism, by changing our culture.

Defund the police. Let’s move that money into ways that will build community in our areas of need: send social workers to work with the homeless and get them help, send alcohol and drug counselors to help people with those issues, build sidewalks and plant trees, and build on restorative justice now.

HIRE MORE BLACK PEOPLE and pay them equally. Our city needs to change the way we fund neighborhoods in need, by putting them into the FRONT OF THE FUNDING LINE. Our school systems need to funnel more funding, more highly qualified teachers into the neighborhoods that have low scores. Let’s get those students beyond the best of the best.

What can you do to create change, real change, here? You can give your employees a paid holiday for Juneteenth, add Martin Luther King Day as a paid community service day for all of your team. You can share a list of reading materials with your friend and read and watch them yourselves. You can make sure that you are hiring for diversity for the next opening you have at your business. You can check your Board of Directors and make sure you have Black members of the board. You can support the Black Chamber of Commerce. You can make donations to NAACP and look for local Black non-profits.

It’s time for us all to “DO SOMETHING!”

Tina Reynolds
By Tina Reynolds
Tina Reynolds is president of Uptown Studios, Inc. and has been running her own design firm since 1976. She is the community face of Uptown Studios and her blog entries are directed to business owners ready to make their materials, Easy, Fun and Popular.