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I wouldn’t use the word “profit” except in the most general sense. Your influence on Facebook’s profit or Mark himself for that matter is only proportional to the population of blacks in the world who have access to mobile phones and internet. He runs a global organization and owns both whatsapp and instagram.

But I agree with you on a different premise, equality is about respect and choice. Infact the very idea of freedom is that you can choose something different when you don’t like something. It seems masochistic that black people complain about micro aggressions when we aren’t willing to put our money where our mouths are. You don’t like Facebook choose or make something else. Let rich black people invest in it. Being able to make something of your own that rivals Facebook inadvertently brings that thing we all truly want… respect.

I also agree with Eve that segregation has never worked well for black people. There is only so many black people you can get to support a social network that needs to run profitably. Which is why my focus would be on doing it for the message it sends that we are not just a bunch of consuming whiners, that we can be creative and innovative when we want to and that we can succeed on our own terms whenever we choose to.

We must also be self aware enough though to know that a black social network that works will also make one black man or woman just as rich and as powerful as zukerberg is. Power corrupts as the saying goes. Is it time to look at ourselves and ask…”why is it that black people don’t want to create things that wildly succeed” is it because it might make it obvious that we are just as human as the people we want to so easily malign now and show up our perpetual outrage for the hypocrisy that it is? I live in Africa. I am not under any illusions about how power hungry and corrupt other black people can be to one another.

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