As far as I'm concerned, and this is not a flame-baiting post, but rather, an objective observation, African-Americans do not own businesses and stores even in their own communities (there are exceptions of course, but the general pattern is tight). Koreans, Vietnamese, Jews, Arabs, Hispanics, Greeks, Italians, Poles - you name it - they all own stores, shops and businesses of all kinds, both in their ethnic communities and outside of their ethnic communities. I remember when the LA Riots took place after the Rodney King beating and subsequent events, and most of the stores in the Compton/South Central area of Cali were owned by Asians, and the few black owned businesses went out of their way to mark the outside of their businesses as "black owned," to deter arson and looting. I believe there is objective information to indicate that blacks, for whatever reason, simply lack the same spirit of can do-ism in business matters that other minority groups have displayed. This hurts African-Americans more than anyone else, as they have to rely on many unscrupulous (but not always) businesses to supply their basic staples of life, and the money from that commerce does not necessarily stay in, and improve, their communities. One example of this is the very high number of cash advance and liquor stores, and lack of grocery stores with fresh produce, in predominately black neighborhoods. I don't believe I'm a racist to make this observation, and if you think I'm wrong, or that such 'objective' data doesn't exist, tell me, and tell me specifically how I'm wrong. Also, if you agree, tell me why this is the case. Is it cultural? For other reasons?