Blackout Day encourages shoppers to buy only from Black-owned businesses Tuesday

DENTON, Md. – Today people across the country are being encouraged to shop only from Black-owned businesses in support of Blackout Day.

The purpose of Blackout Day is to bring attention to the country’s racial wealth gap.

According to the Brookings Institution, Black Americans hold just 2.6 percent of the nation’s wealth while constituting 13 percent of the population.

47ABC spoke to the owner of Not a Phase Clothing in Denton who says black-owned businesses need more support.

He says the town officials in Denton have done a good job in supporting black-owned businesses.

However, he believes there needs to be more conversations about racial equality in the country to bring change.

“We’ve all got to do a better job of coming together and meeting about these things and just discussing them,” said Terae Warner, owner of Not a Phase Clothing.

“I mean that’s the only thing to make a change or any type of progress that’s the only way we’ll see any type of progress is if we actually sit down and talk about the issues at hand,” said Warner.

The Southern Delaware Alliance For Racial Justice says they’ve also created a list with names of black-owned businesses in Delaware to show support. For more information about that list, click here.

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