Do we consider the underlying belief system when we go to someone black, in business, and ask for discounts (the hookup)? The underlying belief is that a person of color and his/her product or service is of less value.
In a way, it is saying more about the mentality of the person asking for the hookup because they don’t value the reflection of themselves. When we black people immediately ask for discounts (hookups) from black business owners it says more about self than the business. Because we don’t value self we don’t value the skills and services of those that look like us. It says this: Black ice is not as cold as white ice. Black skills and know-how is not as good as white skills and know how.
We must build ourselves in order to build a community, businesses, and a nation.