May 31, 2020
The Humble Pie Challenge™ came about when I was invited to join a group promoting #BLACKOUTDAY2020 whose motive is to encourage Black Americans to not spend any of their money on the date of July 7, 2020 in response to the recent killing of Mr. George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police, as well as other instances where a black person was killed at the hands of an officer of the law. When I saw this initiative, although I support it and understand it, what I didn’t understand was, why the date of July 7th…. why not July 4th.... and the days leading up to July 4th.... and the days after July 4th? The thought even crossed my mind of, why not the entire week? So, I said to myself “This doesn’t seem effective as it could and should be”. I said. “By the time July 7th comes Black won’t have any money to spend, because we will have spent it on a holiday that is supposed to represent INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM, ‘BUT ARE WE FREE?’ I don’t think so”! Then I thought, even though I will support this initiative, but I am also going to challenge myself to take it a step further and not celebrate or spend my money towards the Independence Holiday and on July 4, 2020. Then, the thought came that I should challenge our Pie-O-Neers to join us in this challenge, then challenge the Black Communities, and then challenge the World!
The Humble Pie Challenge is a MOVEMENT! A movement that challenges our Pie-O-Neers™ and the World but mainly Black America to not spend your hard earned money towards celebrating INDEPENDENCE DAY. Not because, we don’t love America and not because we don’t love this holiday, but because we truly do believe in INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM, but right now our nation is not displaying what these two nouns represent. A movement to bring UNITY and CHANGE in the world we live in!
1. Do not spend any money on July 4, 2020! Not online, not in a store, not at a gas station, not at an event, etc.…
2. Do not spend any money the entire week of July 4th.
3. Do not spend any money at those clearance sales after July 4th because that will take away from this MOVEMENT and your STANCE on July 4th.
4. Share this MOVEMENT with your challenge family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, churches and social media platforms.
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