The push to
support Black-owned businesses continues to gain momentum as communities fight
against racial injustice. Some local business owners said they’ve gained allies
in new customers.
different races. Support has been really good,” said Zulu Miller, owner of
Reggae World in North Park. He moved to San Diego County from Jamaica more than
40 years ago. The long-time business owner sells clothes, accessories, fragrances
get everybody trying to support, which is a good thing,” agreed Lili Kleu,
owner of LiliKouture Boutique. Kleu opened her business in 2000 after moving to
San Diego from West Africa. She designs and sells African clothing. “For
me to be here and show people how to wear African clothes, I’m very, very proud
Toran Grays just
opened his business, Extraordinary Banana Pudding in La Mesa, in March, just
two days before the Governor ordered restaurants to stop indoor operations
because of COVID-19. Nonetheless, he said the community has supported him through
making pudding for about 18 hours straight, each night, for about a week
straight,” said Grays.
Each business owner said they’ve experienced a boost in business over the past few weeks.
“There was one point a time in life where that was never happening. People were seeing things and turning a blind eye,” said Grays.
Neighbors have been rallying behind Black-owned businesses since the killing of George Floyd sparked a new wave of advocacy against racial injustice.
feels personal, because it can be your child, it can be your brother, it can be
your sister,” said Kleu.
profiled before, black man with dreads walking down the street or coming out of
a store, yeah, I’ve been profiled before and I’ve been stopped unjustly,”
like everyone should have a fair shot at life. No matter who you are, what
color, how tall you are, it doesn’t matter,” said Grays.
owner told NBC 7 they’re grateful for the support they’ve received from the community
and hope the conversation to end racial injustice continues.
“Don’t give up and continue doing what we’re doing, and we will see a change one day.”
“We just need to come as one, that’s all,” added Kleu.
to get in there and vote. We gotta change a lot of stuff in life and if we gotta
change it, its gotta start there,” said Grays.