Richard Wolff explains that the idea of living in a capitalist country implies that everything is about “maximising profit” (1. www.youtube.com, n.d.).
By agreeing to attend a workplace during the best “hours”(www.youtube.com, n.d.) of their days against a salary that is not increasing Professor Wolff is clear, as an employee you give up your rights to make any decisions about how the company in which you spend most of your time evolves.
How does the capitalist concept affect black people?
The Music industry is also affected by the lack of representation of BAME’s and “86% of all Black music creators agree that there are barriers to progression”(2. Statista.n.d.)
This has been discussed by Pharrell Williams and Steve Stoute. During the conversation they both agreed that having a vision or an idea is easy but the hardest part of getting what is rightfully yours is to dedicate the effort that you need to develop your business idea. Of course you need others because you may not have all the skills/ talents to do it all by yourself (3.www.youtube.com, n.d.).
What I am keeping from that conversation is that if “black people do not have a voice” and this element influencing on our psyche and our economic power negatively because “we are not owners of our work” ( 3.www.youtube.com , n.d.),then we (black people) must work toward creating fairer opportunities for ourselves.
Thus, the necessity to focus on the ” For Us By Us” – FUBU- concept.
Thanks for reading,
2. Statista. (n.d.). Ethnic diversity in creative industries in UK 2019, by sector. [online] Available at: https://www.statista.com/
3.www.youtube.com. (n.d.). Pharrell Williams & Steve Stoute on Thriving in The Music Business and Black Ambition. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?