SHOP BLM / LEARN BLM
As a black-owned agency, we are able to give a thousand reasons why it's important to support Black Businesses. Why choose Clearport?
LET'S RECOGNIZE REAL HEROES
Every design from this collection has been either designed or hand-selected by Clearport's founder, Mr. Gil Francis.
Many of these graphic t-shirts are similar to shirts Mr. Francis wore as a young black man. He understood the significance of Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis & Huey Newton. His peers, black community too, did not. Rarely was he asked about the heroes on his t-shirts.
LET'S CELEBRATE BLACK CULTURE
Fast forward to now, as a community leader, artist and business owner, Mr. Francis sees how the BLM campaign is global and possibly the largest civil rights movement in history.
And now is the time for young people to realize the importance of these figures, the importance of knowing your rights, the importance of asking and recognizing and the importance of freedom.
LET'S CLOSE THE RACIAL WEALTH GAP
Diversity builds economic vitality, uplifts communities, and promotes productivity and resilience. It's easy to trace the origins of racial wealth gap back to practices of the Jim Crow Era. Ever hear of the 1935 Social Security Act?
If consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the entire US economy, imagine what directing some of that spending power to Black-owned businesses across the country can do.
LET'S STRENGTHEN LOCAL ECONOMY
Communities flourish when local businesses flourish. However, banks often hinder that prosperity by discriminating against entrepreneurs of color seeking small business loans.
A 2017 study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition found that banks were twice as likely to provide business loans to white applicants than Black ones and three times as likely to have follow-up meetings with white applicants than more qualified Black ones.
HOLD CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE
Some of America’s biggest companies have promised to either “support” or directly spend money at black-owned businesses. We want to see action plans that are measurable and executed. We want to see our founder walking into a meeting and not being mistaken for an errand boy, an assistant or anything other than an Ivy-League educated, serious multi-business owner.
‘If you pay attention to the literal campaign of terror against black Americans in this country, what you’ll see is a lot of it was carried out against black business owners or anyone who was perceived as accumulating wealth.’
— Khadijah Robinson, founder of The Nile List
It's important to ask.
It's important to learn.
It's important because Black Lives Matter.