Publisher’s Note: White women business owners are complaining, really?

White women are still white and are the beneficiaries of that privilege.

By Ronda Watson Barber
OhioMBE Publisher

White women business owners are now complaining that they too suffer during hard economic times. (Columbus Dispatch editorial)Well damn. I am quite curious to see the stats compared to Black women business owners. Typically, when I see women stats or polling information for women it speaks to white women. Black women apparently are Black and not women. Even in the Dispatch editorial, it commented that women only obtained the right to vote 100 years ago. Black women had to participate in a civil rights movement during MY lifetime to garner the right to cast a ballot and there is still an assault on that right. Are white women protesting and fighting to see that their Black sisters can casts ballots? How many Back women are in NAWBO? Does NAWBO work to combat the racism that Black women suffer as business owners? White women are still white and are the beneficiaries of that privilege.

Ironically for 2 years, I sat next to the president of NAWBO on a women business commission. That woman, not once asked me to join or provided me with information on the membership-driven organization. The wealth gap between Black women and white women is staggering and white women organizations are begging for more. Are these organizations concerned with the disparities between Black and white women business owners? Are they actively working to compact the racism Black women face in the business world or are they just piggybacking on the suffering and struggles of Black folks AGAIN! Introducing the Black Women’s Business Alliance.

Just my thoughts – rwb

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