I’ve watched a lot of stories about Philando Castile. I saw the video of the shooting. I’ve also read a lot on the web about peaceful demonstrations, boycotting “white” stores and businesses to show that “black” dollars matter. I will emphatically say NO!! I will not boycott “white” stores, nor will I march in protest. Why, because it will not work. Allow me to explain.
So what you that you choose to boycott the box store or the soda company. How exactly does that impact the mindset of a racist police officer? How does that change the fact that police are shooting black men indiscriminately? It doesn’t. All you did was move your purchasing power from one store to another but eventually you will have to go back to the big box store.
So what you walked the city streets and yelled Black Lives matter. So what you blocked downtown connectors and forced hundreds if not thousands of cars to slow down or be diverted. How did that change a racist police officers mind? Do you think he or she said, “Oh my, I have been so wrong about N--, I mean African Americans. I need to change my ways?” NO that did not and will not happen. You are boycotting the wrong people. You are protesting and marching without a clear direction on what it will accomplish. All you did was put hundreds of police officers on overtime pay. Yes, they were paid extra to handle you.
Philando Castile was killed in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Your tax dollars paid for that police officer and his bullets. Your tax dollars will pay for the investigation and trial and subsewuent aquittal. “Ok, Mr. Know It All. What do you suggest huh? What can you do or say that will cause an impact?” Here is the simple answer. BOYCOTT THE CITY!!!
That’s right, boycott the city of each murder. STOP going to the sporting events. STOP going to concerts. STOP breaking the traffic laws of that particular city. CANCEL your family vacation in that city. CANCEL your family reunion in that city. Any business you would have in that city, take it to another city. Encourage your churches to organize with the mega churches and take the big conventions out of that city. If there is a convention in that city you would like to go to….. DON’T GO!!! IF there is ANYTHING on TV that is in anyway related to that city be it a sporting event or news story, TURN IT OFF, especially if you have cable. They track your activity via that little cable box and that is revenue. “But Sean, What will this do?”
Let’s start with the economic impact it will have. As an example, The Minnesota Timberwolves generate $19 million in gate receipts. The Vikings, $26 million plus they just opened a new billion dollar stadium. If every football or basketball fanatic of that particular city did not go to a single game until issues were addressed and resolved the tax dollar for that city will all but disappear. Think about it. All LSU, Timberwolves, Vikings games would lose ticket money, ad revenue, parking fees would disappear. Ticket master would not be able to collect a fee from you. Concession food and beer would not sell, overtime for police would dry up. The souvenir market would be just that a market because no one is buying the stuff.
THEN the secondary market would dry up, no hotel fees, no car rental fees, no lottery sales, and no alcohol or food sales at any restaurants. No arrests, no parking tickets, no vehicle tows. Do you know what would happen if every one of you didn’t go to a single concert, a single sporting event, if you turned the TV off, if you didn’t go to an Atlanta game versus a Minnesota game? Economically the city would shut DOWN!!!
Now why are we doing this? We want to point a finger at the city and say, “Your hiring practices are the reason so many bad cops are on the force. You have minimal psychological testing OR your testing is so out of date that anyone with half a brain can pass the test. Your background checks are nowhere near as good as the FBI or CIA. You do not check people’s history at all. This has to change. Anyone coming from the military to be a police officer needs to go through an independent PTSD interview and test. We want people of color on advisory boards that help to create these new policies. We will not STOP until you CHANGE!!”
THAT IS HOW YOU BOYCOTT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE…..but will you do it?