Nothing Changed. Keep Your Signs, Cops Will Murder Again Soon. Black protestors excercised their individual consumer choice not to shop on Friday and instead went to a shopping mall to heckle shoppers in St. Louis. Unlike a collective boycott action, individual consumer choices can only have minimal, symbolic affect. Like a beggar standing outside with a sign, the protestors just wanted whiteys attention so the racist suspect shoppers could hear their chants and see their signs. "Protest" actually in cooperation with and submission to white supremacy/racism.
Why do you want a white person's attention? What will they do for you? This system of racism is a white over Black system of vast unequal power. Racists practice racism because they have the power to do so. To end racism/white supremacy we must end or neutralize white power. Belief in somehow changing racists has led to suffering, it is a prison. Begging racists to change is flattering to them. It is pathological for Blacks to keep attempting to use moral suasion on a people who have no morality where race is the variable.' [MORE]
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing explained in a system of white domination non-white people “are in a continuous state of checkmate” and Black people are currently in a “losing streak that is centuries long. The operating system of White supremacy is thriving, refining and updating itself right now while we remain in a dream. Chancellor Williams and Welsing have both explained that most Blacks 'continue to live in a dream world where they believe that singing, marching, praying, poking holes in the air with signs and hoping will solve their problems.' [MORE] If you rub a brick long enough will it become a mirror?
In contrast a boycott may be a way to leverage Black power - it is the great power of withdrawal of our consent or participation in this system. Not a boycott merely done to bring attention to an issue but a boycott to substantially harm a targeted business, entity or industry for a particular result in Black people's interest.
African Americans' collective purchasing power is an estimated 1.3 trillion dollars. [MORE] In theory, a successful boycott can empower Blacks and simultaneously disempower elite whites and change the relations and structure of social power." However, it must be executed to be more than a media stunt or another beggar politics episode to flatter whites. [MORE]