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If this week has taught us anything, it's that there are a lot of ways to stand up against systemic racism and police brutality against black Americans. You can protest, you can donate to worthy organizations and if you're white, have meaningful conversations with people of your own race and listen to people of color about racial injustice. But one of the most direct and effective ways to support the black community is to vote. But you not only vote for government officials and policies, you also vote with your dollars, every day. By shopping at black-owned businesses, you'll help fight the racial wealth inequality in America.

According to Federal research, black families have considerable less wealth than white families. In 2016 for example, black families had a median net worth of $17,600, whereas white households had nearly ten times as much at $171,000. However, a study from the same year (PDF) noted that, "Black business owners are wealthier than their peers who do not own businesses, and business ownership creates new wealth faster compared to wage employment." Unfortunately, recent COVID-19 lockdowns have caused the number of black business owners to fall by 40%, far more than other groups, according to the Washington Post.

We've discovered a handful of new (to us) brands this week, simply by keeping our eyes open. Something we're promising to keep doing as we go forward. We've also pulled some brands that should be familiar to any regular Valet. reader. Open your wallet and support creativity and ingenuity. In return, you get some really cool stuff. Of course, while this isn't the only way to help, it's certainly a win-win for everyone involved.

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Armando Cabral Leondard Suede Chukkas

Leonard suede chukkas,
$480 / $240 by Armando Cabral

Public School Mini Collared Shirt

Mini collared shirt,
$225 by Public School

Telfar Vegan Leather Shopping Tote

Designer Telfar Clemens makes the
socially-responsible bag your stylish friends want

Vegan leather shopping tote,
$257 by Telfar

Just Lift Consistency Tee

Consistency tee,
$29.99 by Just Lift

Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey

1856 premium aged whiskey,
$64.99 by Uncle Nearest

Red Bay Coffee Coltrane Medium Roast Coffee

Coltrane medium roast coffee,
$19 by Red Bay Coffee

228 Grant Street Candle Co. Amber + Sandalwood Candle

Amber + sandalwood candle,
$20 by 228 Grant Street Candle Co.

Maison Noir Wines 2018 Other People's Pinot Noir

Oregon-grown wine by wine author
and sommelier André Hueston Mack

2018 “Other People's Pinot Noir,”
$25 by Maison Noir Wines

Union Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Tie-dye T-shirt,
$55 by Union

Plant Apothecary Ground Control Organic Body Oil

Ground Control organic body oil,
$48 by Plant Apothecary

Jungalow Matte Noche Planter

Matte Noche planter,
$39 by Jungalow

Southern Gent Miller Ranch Fedora

Miller Ranch fedora,
$120 by Southern Gent

Post-Imperial Ijebu Camp Collar Shirt

Ijebu camp collar shirt,
$235 by Post-Imperial

Mantl No-Shine Blotting Sheets

No-shine blotting sheets,
$10 by Mantl

DIOP Wax-Printed Cotton Mask

Wax-printed cotton mask,
$15 by DIOP

Third Crown Prizm Silver Link Bracelet

Prizm silver link bracelet,
$320 by Third Crown

Klur Skin Soil

This powder, from a botanically-minded esthetician, mixes with any cleanser to exfoliate and clear out skin

Skin Soil,
$36 by Klur

Bevel Cordless Adjustable Trimmer

Cordless adjustable trimmer,
$199.95 by Bevel

FYI

Aurora James, founder of shoe and handbag brand Brother Vellies, launched the 15 Percent Pledge last week, calling on major retailers to commit to making 15% of the products they stock come from black businesses.

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