By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Segun Idowu, the executive director of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, said that while the response through donations from large corporations to Black causes has been “something we haven’t seen before,” he added that more needs to be done to help minority business communities.

Idowu talked to WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller about how corporations have responded to social justice movements with financial donations.

“We’ve seen a shift in the response of corporate America in particular to recent events, something we haven’t seen before,” said Idowu. “I think it’s a good start, but I would particularly like to see our Massachusetts-based companies who reap much of their profits from Black and Brown communities stepping up to the same plate and delivering some type of capital that would help to grow Black businesses in Black communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

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Idowu also spoke about a study showing the buying power of Black consumers, and added that more can be done to make sure Black business owners can thrive as well.

“Black culture is driving American culture right now. Not only right now, but throughout our history,” said Idowu. “What’s apparent is that companies certainly see the value in Black dollars. Now we want to ensure that they see the rest of the artistry, the value in Black lives and investing in that and again ensure that we have access to all the resources necessary to grow and contribute to our communities.”

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  1. No matter what is done it will not be enough as our Honorable Ayanna Soyini Pressley has said in her many speeches on the topic. Her online meeting with Black leaders last week she called for reparations for JIM CROW,The GI bill a long list of programs from the 19th and 20th century. On the House Floor during the George Floyd Bill Speech. She called it a small part of “what they are owed.”. Ms Pressley is an elected official from the 7th congressional district,a black woman. Why does she use rhetoric that only fans and inflames of Anarchy. I watched all the Video of George Floyd’s tragic death at te hands of the police. I watched his $86,000 Funeral, in a Gold Casket. I heard the speeches of The “A” list celebrities and Black Religious leaders waiting for the announcement of Beautification. The one thing never mentioned. Mr Floyds encounter with the police happened because he made a choice that day. Mr Floyd.decided to allegedly try to pass a counterfeit 20.00 bill. If he had not made that decision. He would be just another Dead Beat Dad sitting at home.

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