2013-11-01 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

Bigger Concerns
By Ilyassha Shivers

Now that we have remembered Hurricane Sandy, where do we go from here? I want to thank all those supporters who read and subscribe to this medium. I count it as a privilege to be able to meet with you here each week. This week I guess I am back on my soap box. I took to the social media this week so now you can join me on Facebook. There you can speak to me about shopping while black at Barney's which has caused uproar.

If you know me and have read my column you know my position on racial profiling and stop and frisk, but I was amazed at the outcry. One thing I could not understand is why we are not seeing the bigger picture. Yes it is wrong to be followed in a store and harassed. But if you pay attention they do it everywhere. Why do you think our local bodegas have all these cameras? If we are going to take this stand let’s address the issue as a whole not just focus on

Barney's who just happened to get caught and is in contract to do business with one of the biggest names in our community Jay Z .

Here is my point: African Americans spend over $800 billion annually and are one of the biggest consumer groups in this country. We own far less businesses than other groups and tend to be focused on status rather than substance. It's nice to want a $300 belt but why, because you saw someone in a video wearing it?

Come on people, we need to get our priorities in order. I am outraged by the Barney's situation but on the laundry list of issues and concerns in our community, shopping at a store that does not support you is not that high on my agenda.

What do you think? Email your comments and or suggestions to me at shiverswave@gmail.com. And don't forget to read The Wave.

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