5 Ways to Pour Into Our Own: How the Chicken Sandwich Wars Can Lead to Black Community Love
The chicken sandwich thing is wild. Here’s what I’d LOVE to see:
I want every Mother Williams (every Black church has a Mama Williams and their chicken game is mean) to start selling chicken sandwiches and a bottled water for $10.
If there’s a Black woman or man that wants to get this bread, I’ll put $50 in your hand today. We gotta support each other and this ain’t some snob stuff because I love both the sandwiches from Popeye’s and Chick-Fil-A but I love my people more. Below are the pictures of the CEOs from both Popeye’s and Chick-Fil-A. I ain’t mad at them. I don’t have any disparaging remarks. None of that. This is a love message.
Look, this ain’t some super woke message, I don’t have hella bread (broke outchea, ya heard) but damn if everyone else gets the drip from our culture and our dollar and they don’t look like us.
So somebody go find me a Mama Williams so I can go drop off this [mini] bag.
Here are 5 ways you can encourage and support the Black culture keepers in your community.
Encourage them to sell their products.
That’s as simple as it sounds. If you have a friend who is an amazing cook, or seamstress, or hairdresser, encourage them to not just do it for free. If money permits, you should offer to pay. It’s crazy, we always look for discounts from our friends and community but not a one person with this Brown-hued skin color has ever asked Popeye’s to “let them get it for the low”.
Actually pay for their products.
I am going to highlight this again. Pay for their products. When you pay, you create a market that our community now gets to play in. You can’t berate Jay-Z and then ask your homie for the hook up.
Talk about and discuss their brilliance on your social media.
Champion your people on social media like we did for Popeye’s. Rep for it like whenever Facebook creates a cover for the latest movement du jour. Be a champion for our people with the same zest as when we cancel someone.
Apply the 2:1 method.
Like I said, I love both the Popeye’s and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. So buy what you like with your money. The 2:1 method is whenever you buy one sandwich from the rich chain, you buy double from your community. So if you stood in line on Friday and got that delicious sandwich, then maybe have brunch at the Black-owned spot.
Gain a better understanding of how quickly the Black dollar leaves our community versus other communities.
Again, I am not the super woke guy. I am not the role model either. This ain’t preaching. However, it might help to ground in the facts of how money leaves our community faster than most other (if not all) ethnic groups. We need independent wealth, like yesterday!