If we’re to be honest with ourselves “America” the brand is one built on lies. In the declaration of independence it says “All men are created equal” while at that very moment a Black man like me would probably be someone’s property. God forbid you had a vagina then you’d be on the second class citizen list as well. And as I was reminded on Twitter, if you were White but poor, welp. Sucks to be you. But people quote this as if it was anything more than lip service to the majority of society. — Elon James White, NY Times Explains Downside of Inciting Envy While Missing The Point - VALID (via alltwibeverything)
#TWIBnation: Here’s the thing folks: No one OWES White people a step by step booklet for them to get their racism on track and not their wig pushed back. - @elonjames White
animaine asked: If you HAD to chose between a giant Mech or a tech suit like Iron Man, which would you choose?
Support your own.
Stop making others wealthy from financial immaturity.
With the notion that blacks would have more social + political power if we had a stronger economic base, or something else?
what would one have to disagree upon?
It’s always one!
disagree as well
if black money only circulates in the black community, it’s a vacuum. you can NOT survive in a vacuum. SOMEBODY (in this case most or the majority of) are going to have to spend money else to represent buying power in order to gain the influence from said power.
not only that, but y’all REALLY think that only white people are greedy? you REALLY think your own won’t shaft and rob you? hell, they do it now. black businesses with shoddy service/product prey on your emotions and sense of community everyday, b. smarten up, nas.
But y’all we do need to create our own businesses and we need to reach black and non black consumers (actually the faster growing demographic of business owners are black women so we outchea) but it’s basic economics. The more money black people control the more power well have in this country.
I don’t understand why you have to choose one over the other. One represents pride in our community and in ourselves. A pride that is often attacked and rebuked by society at large and at times by our own people. The other represents the economic power we wield. As a Black business owner and a public person who speaks on race I don’t see this as an either or. I want my people to have pride and hold our heads high and speak to truth to power all while understanding our dollar is just as dollar-y as the next persons and using said dollar to make our lives and our communities better.
Anonymous asked: have you ever had a double down from kfc? If not, would ever eat one?
Yup. I tried it. But then my common sense separated itself from my body, looked back at my still greasy face and hands and was like…
That was the first and last time I had a KFC double down
grammarmancer asked: Why did you get fired?
From my old I.T. job? I was a young punk who didn’t understand corporate. I had this weird idea that good work was all you needed. Maybe that’s the case for some corporate environments but where I was there was a lot of office politics that I didn’t understand and didn’t play very well. I kept yelling about things not being fair and I had older friends who would look at me like I had lost my mind. They kept telling me…
"This isn’t about FAIR. Sooner you get that out of your head the better."
I crossed my arms and pouted and did nothing different. My bosses were egomaniacs who weren’t too amused by the young punk who thought he was sooooo smart and wanted to do things soooo differently.
Then I got fired. But looking back on it, with the knowledge that I’d be homeless and struggle in ways I wasn’t prepared for I still think it was probably the best thing that could’ve happened. Yes, I was good at my job and yes I did work that a lot of my co-workers couldn’t do. But corporate is a game. If you’re choosing to be in that space then you have to shut up and play it.
Hence why I run my own company now. #TWIBnation.
Anonymous asked: How in the name of all that's holy, do you transition out of IT?
HOW TO TRANSITION OUT OF IT*
1) Get unfairly fired.
2) Find something you’re really into but get another 9-5 job so you can have money.
3) Get fired AGAIN.
4) Say “Eff it. I can figure out a way to survive on doing this thing I’m really into.”
5) Become homeless and live in a bar.
6) Meet a woman who, for some reason, doesn’t seem to care that you live in a bar. She supports your dreams anyway.
7) Struggle for 4-5 years.
*Note:These rules may not apply to anyone who isn’t named “Elon James White.”
savingmymoney2014 asked: I know that you love brunch, but do you ever feel as though you are being cheated out of a meal?
animaine asked: What's the hardest you've ever brunched?
There was this one time when we went for 13 hours and at some point duck bacon was involved and then…