Los Angeles-based Dr. Melina Abdullah, a Black Lives Matter leader and a professor at California State University, is calling for black Christmas shoppers to spend their money at black-owned businesses in order to divest from “white corporations” and “white capitalism” at large.
What are the details?
According to Black Xmas’s webpage, “No Spending with White corporations” is advised through the holiday shopping season.
“Donald Trump embodies White capitalism,” the site reads. “If you are anti-Trump, you should hold back your resources from him and the like.”
“DIVEST from White corporations,” the site recommends. “INVEST in Black community.”
We’re dreaming of a #BlackXmas…where folks withhold dollars from White capitalism and use resources to #BuildBlackCommunity. Instead of spending, DONATE to a Black organization as a holiday gift for your loved ones or #BuyBlack. Go to https://t.co/klHABpJaeu for more.
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) November 26, 2017
During her weekly KPFK-FM radio show, “Beautiful Struggle,” Abdullah recently addressed “white capitalism.”
“We say ‘white capitalism’ because it’s important that we understand that the economic system and the racial structures are connected,” she said. “We have to not only disrupt the systems of policing that literally kill our people, but we have to disrupt the white supremacist, capitalistic, patriarchal, heteronormative system that is really the root cause of these police killings.”
CSU-LA professor and Black Lives Matter leader Anthony Ratcliff was featured on Abdullah’s show and helped explain the purpose of “Black Xmas.”
“Black Lives Matter and other organizations build a strong critique and understanding of racism and white supremacy and sexism and homophobia, transphobia, but we have to have as much hatred or vitriol against capitalism,” Ratcliff explained. “Until we start to see capitalism [is] just as nefarious as white supremacy, we will always be struggling.”