So I’m reading this book called Newspapers and the Making of Modern America: A History, and there’s a section in here about the black press. Ok, let me just get to the point. Robert L. Vann, the editor of the Pittsburgh Courier wrote this in 1927:
The Jew knows the American people are crazy about clothes. He knows the clothes will sell as long as the people have a dollar in cash or a dollar in credit. Mr Negro, what is it that your people are crazy to buy? Find out and get into the business of furnishing the thing. Time will build you a wonderful business.
Many black newspapers at this time were not as capitalist as Vann was in the Courier. Vann believed in the American Dream; believed that if we worked hard enough, we could be as successful as the other groups of people in America.
When I read his quote, I immediately thought of how Koreans own mostly ALL the black beauty supply stores and make so much money off of US. Why didn’t we/can’t we do like Robert L. Vann said and find what OUR PEOPLE are crazy about (OUR HAIR) and get into the business of supplying that thing?