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I Love Black People: The Black Tech Startup Trying To Fight Racism While Traveling
I Love Black People (ILBP) is a Black tech startup that aims to protect Black people from racism and xenophobia worldwide, especially while traveling in a new environment.
Howard University alumni Christopher Mapondera and Sinclair Skinner launched the site in 2018 as a global network for, by, and of the Black community worldwide. Their mission was simple: have members and supporters recommend Black-owned and Black-friendly businesses to help invest in purposeful decisions as to where Black dollars are spent.
ILPB uses technology, including GPS and mapping, to build its global network and database of Black-owned businesses in the following categories: legal, transportation, finance, education and childcare, health, beauty, accommodation, and food.
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⠀ ⠀ Black people are disproportionately negatively affected by systemic racism, white supremacist ideology, and abrupt changes in society.⠀ ⠀ I ❤️ Black People is creating a global network of Members, Ambassadors, & Black-owned and Black-friendly businesses to protect Black people from racism & xenophobia in at least 236 major cities in 8 essential categories of people activities by August 31, 2020.⠀ ⠀ We are focused on one mission, and that’s to #ProtectBlackPeople.⠀ ⠀ Our goal is to make sure that no matter where a Black person goes, they will be treated with dignity and respect.⠀ ⠀ Ready to learn more and get involved? Visit iloveblackpeople.com.⠀ ⠀ I am because WE are ✊🏿⠀ ⠀ #ProtectBlackPeople #ILoveBlackPeople
“It’s very important that we create a vehicle to protect Black people and save lives […] that’s just the world we live in today,” its U.S. spokesperson Jarvis Houston said. “The platform now has 50,000 members worldwide with thousands of people recommending businesses everyday owned by other Black people to ensure the Black community is spending their dollars in the right place.”