Posted on Dec 5, 2015
SPC Andrew Griffin
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How come we don't see more support for Black Owned Businesses?
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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This is not meant to sound condescending but:

1) Does it matter who owns the business?
2) Shouldn't a business be viable on it's merits of lack thereof?
3) I don't care who owns the business generally. I care about the goods, services, and prices a business provides. Not the color of the skin of the person who owns it or runs it. Maybe I'm alone in that philosophy though.
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SPC Andrew Griffin
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I actually agree with you!
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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SPC Andrew Griffin - We all get close to issues, and starting thinking "personal" is the same thing as "important." Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't. We have to step back, and separate ourselves from things. It can make us appear "cold" on some subjects, especially when they ARE important.

A great read is Terry Pratchett's Jingo, in which Captain Carrot has to focus between Duty and his relationship.
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Defining something as Black Owned or White Owned is inherently racist. American Owned is perfectly acceptable.
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SPC Andrew Griffin
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I like that! American Owned! Thank you for that!
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LCpl William Amos
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supporting Veteran Owned businesses, a status that is earned, is what my company http://www.Veteranslist.us does
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i cant stand the term "black owned business"
I feel that if we treat blacks like they need all this help...we are sorta telling them that they are incompetent.
I don't know of any black owned businesses...I bank at Wells Fargo, I buy stuff at WalMart, I pump gas at a Shell, I am typing on a Lenovo computer...about to go to a pizza joint and watch some college football, not sure who owns it, don't care.
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SPC Andrew Griffin
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Awesome Post brother! Thank you!
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SGT Richard H.
SGT Richard H.
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When I first read the original question, I initially stepped away without answering because a) I wasn't sure I had anything positive to contribute and b) I wanted to wait and see if this thing was going to turn ugly (race baiting, etc.) before I associated myself with it. After reading some of the comments, I think it's going in a positive direction, and Maj Steven's post above pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject. Personally, I can't think of a single business near me that is "black owned" and as I reflect on that, I find that the reason for that is because I have never asked or cared what the race of the owner is.
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SSgt GG-15 RET Jim Lint
SSgt GG-15 RET Jim Lint
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I think the Lenovo branch of IBM? got bought by a China company. Lenovo Group Ltd. /lɛnˈoʊvoʊ/ or shortened as Lenovo (leh-no-voh), (formerly stylized as lenovo) is a Chinese multinational technology company with headquarters in Beijing, China, and Morrisville, North Carolina, United States.[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenovo Wiki is the easy way to grab the info.
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