06/5/19

S.B. Fuller: The Forgotten History of a Legendary Black American Entrepreneur

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S.B. Fuller: The Forgotten History of A Legendary Black American EntrepreneuerIn the days before President Lyndon Baines Johnson, black Republicans were a thing. And chief among them was Samuel B. Fuller. Fuller was a black American entrepreneur in the mid-Century United States. More than just an entrepreneur, he also gave back to the black community by providing both inspirational speeches as well as nuts-and-bolts training at a time when entrepreneurially minded black Americans had precious few options for either. Some entrepreneurs trained or inspired by Fuller include John H. Johnson of Johnson Publishing and George Ellis Johnson of Johnson Products.

To say that Fuller came from “humble beginnings” is a bit of an understatement. He was born into a family of Louisiana sharecroppers who were so poor that he had to drop out of school to work in the sixth grade. But he also displayed an entrepreneurial spirit from a very young age. The young Master Fuller was going door to door selling products at the age of nine.

When he was 15, his family moved to Nashville. It was here that his mother passed away two years later, leaving Fuller in charge of his six siblings. Relief organizations came by to offer assistance, but Fuller turned them down because he didn’t want his neighbors to think his family couldn’t make it without handouts. It was then that he and his siblings made the decision that they were going to make it on their own without any external help.

From Poverty to Multi-Million-Dollar Empire

The road to success was not an easy one for Fuller. He relocated to Chicago where he took a series of backbreaking, menial jobs, before rising up to become the manager of a coal yard. During the Depression, he was working as an insurance agent at the Commonwealth Burial Association, a black-owned firm. Despite having a secure position at that company, he decided to strike out on his own and build his own business.

Using a $25 loan he obtained by using his car as a security deposit (about $375 in 2019 money), he started his own business. With his future wife Lestine Thornton, he purchased a soap load with this money, selling it door to door. He was so successful in this endeavor that he invested another $1,000 in the enterprise. His customer base were largely newly arrived black families on the South Side of Chicago, who had arrived as part of the first Great Migration. This was an underserved community and in them, Fuller saw a potential gold mine. He was promoted to manager at Commonwealth while growing his own business to include a line of 30 products, as well as other salesmen.

In 1939, Fuller opened his own factory. In 1947, he saved his supplier from going under by purchasing it. He used his newly acquired capital to sell everything under the sun, from deodorant to suits. He purchased black newspapers such as the Pittsburgh Courier and the New York Age. In Chicago, his footprint loomed large, especially after he purchased the Chicago Regal Theater and the South Center Department Store.

Fuller was a staunch Republican, albeit a bit of an anachronistic one and with a firm independent streak about him. He was the head of the South Side NAACP and at the height of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, he had a novel and innovative solution: Fuller knew that the bus company was hemorrhaging money due to the boycott and other factors. He proposed winning the boycott by buying the bus line and integrating it. This was part of his entire philosophy about how to end segregation in the South and discrimination in the north: black achievement, not government intervention.

No one is quite sure, but it’s very possible that Fuller was the richest black American throughout the 1950s. His cosmetics company alone was bringing in $18 million annually in 1950 dollars (over $170 million in 2019 dollars). His sales team included over 5,000 members, a third of whom were white. He became the first black man inducted into the National Association of Manufacturers in 1963.

His comment at his induction ceremony that “a lack of understanding of the capitalist system and not racial barriers was keeping blacks from making progress” combined with an interview in U.S. News and World Report where he stated that “Negroes are not discriminated against because of the color of their skin. They are discriminated against because they have not anything to offer that people want to buy” caused some black leaders to call for a boycott of Fuller products. The boycotts were largely unsuccessful, but his reputation was quite tarnished in the black community.

A Legacy of Black Self-Reliance

Indeed, it was his zeal for unregulated capitalism that was ultimately his undoing. In 1968, he was charged with violating the Federal Securities Actafter he sold unregistered promissory notes. His company went into bankruptcy in 1971. There was some upward motion after this, but Fuller Products never attained its previous levels of success.

In 1976, Fuller retired due to health problems. In 1988, he died due to kidney failure. His widow estimated that he helped thousands of people to get their start in business.

The legacy of S.B. Fuller is an important one because it is from such a different time in American history, one where the black community was much more ascendant and optimistic. Fuller struck a path that showed that reliance upon both private charity and government fiat was not necessary for the black community to begin achieving parity with their white counterparts. It is unfortunate that the prevailing political winds of the day eschew even the very notion of black achievement.

Though perhaps political prevailing winds and majorities are not important. Fuller would certainly have been familiar with the concept of the “Talented Tenth,” first enumerated by W.E.B. DuBois in his book of the same name. This identifies a leadership class in the black community – approximately 10 percent – who can act as social, economic and political capital lifting up the entire community.

Those looking to Fuller as their example for how to build a talented tenth could do no better. He stands firmly in the American tradition of black self-reliance.

 

06/5/19

Miley Cyrus Posts Obscene Abortion Pics, Promotes ‘Don’t F**k with My Freedom’ Hoodie Benefiting Planned Parenthood

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Just when you think Miley Cyrus can’t get any more disgusting she outdoes herself big time. Yesterday, the raunchy singer evidently teamed up with Marc Jacobs to promote abortion and pump money into taxpayer-funded abortion mill Planned Parenthood with obscene images of the 26-year-old and sweatshirt sales. Doing daddy proud.

Sheer class… in one tasteless photo, Cyrus uses peeled grapefruits to cover her breasts in a topless pic. The image is on a Marc Jacobs hoodie along with the text: “Don’t f*** with my freedom.” According to the clothing company, 100% of the hoodie proceeds will be gifted to Planned Parenthood, an organization that kills some 320,000 unborn babies a year. Cyrus is pushing infanticide… aggressively. Their fundraising hoodie retails for $175 and is set to ship around July 15.

The “She Is Coming” singer, who has been a very vocal advocate for the pro-abortion left, teased the “very special” collaboration to her 94 million Instagram followers. The collaboration involves Planned Parenthood, fashion house Marc Jacobs, and her Happy Hippie Foundation non-profit. “Very special collab with @plannedparenthood @happyhippiefdn @marcjacobs TO BE ANNOUNCED veryyyyyy soon!” Miley Cyrus stated.

From The Daily Wire:

“In another photo, Cyrus is seductively licking the icing off a cake which reads, “Abortion is healthcare” — a popular pro-abortion mantra that makes just as much sense as “murder is healthcare.”

“The absurd photos sparked mockery from pro-lifers, but they also surfaced an accusation of design theft from a fellow pro-abortion feminist.

“A D.C.-area baker known as “the sweet feminist” blasted Cyrus via Instagram for allegedly stealing her cake design. “[Miley Cyrus] just announced a collaboration with [Marc Jacobs], [Planned Parenthood], and the [Happy Hippie Foundation] using this image. It is a direct theft of my own original art work from May 2018, with no credit,” she wrote, captioning photos of the two cakes side-by-side. “It’s literally my exact handwriting, message, and concept. Swipe for comparison! Cake art is for everyone, but this is inexcusable.”

“Cyrus replied to the baker in a comment, acknowledging that her team was “inspired” by the baker.

“Hi, we saw the image online and didn’t realize it was yours. We will absolutely tag you for your work,” she wrote. “This image is not on the Marc Jacobs x Planned Parenthood hoodie we made to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood which I know is also close to your heart. It is just on the post and not on the merchandise but we will absolutely tag you and give you the credit for your art.”

“If you could please correct your post, as we’re going to make sure you have all the credit you deserve… thanks for sharing your art and inspiring us,” added the “Wrecking Ball” singer.

“Responding to more pushback, Cyrus replied to a commenter who called abortion “selfish” and also rejected the notion that the fatal procedure of abortion is somehow “healthcare” for the unborn.

“So selfish!” the comment read. “Killing people is healthcare? Maybe for you females but ripping hands and legs off an unborn baby isn’t really healthcare for a baby. Start being responsible for other people.”

“Oh that’s right, you only j*** off to while you play xbox live with a bunch of 14 year olds who’s [sic] brains are just as developed as yours,” Cyrus offered as a response, completely evading the issue raised.

“Despite the Hollywood push-back, pro-life legislation is sweeping the nation. A handful of states have passed “heartbeat bills,” banning abortion when an unborn child’s heartbeat is detectable (around six-weeks gestation. Notably, last week, the Democrat governor of Louisiana signed such legislation into law.”

https://twitter.com/marcjacobs/status/1135951014824161286

From Breitbart:

“Of course, this is far from the first time Cyrus has participated in a collaboration benefiting America’s number one abortion provider. The Grammy-nominated crooner teamed up with Marilyn Minter in 2016 for a limited-edition portrait series. One of the most memorable photos featured Cyrus licking glass. At the time, Cyrus said she hoped the portraits would “make some big bucks for Planned Parenthood.”

“Portraits were listed for $5,500, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.”

https://twitter.com/MileyCyrus/status/1135927919577096200

Disgusting doesn’t quite cut it here. Cyrus embodies every immoral aspect of society currently out there and then some. It’s hard to believe she was an icon for young girls for so long as Hannah Montana. She’s nothing more than a sleazy, twerking harlot. Sorry… that’s just the blunt truth.

Frankly, I don’t see what is so great about Cyrus. She’s not that pretty, she’s not that talented… she is crass and offensive, but those traits are a dime a dozen in Hollywood these days.

She’ll do anything to raise money for the murder and sacrifice of the innocent on the bloody altar of progressivism. Miley Cyrus and Planned Parenthood are a match made in hell.