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Why Do Koreans Own The Black Beauty Supply Business?
Atlanta Post ^ | September 27, 2010 07:06 AM | R. Asmerom

Posted on 09/29/2010 1:16:44 PM PDT by Niuhuru

It’s odd but no so odd at the same time. By now, many people expect to walk into a beauty supply store and see a Korean store owner manning the register. Whether you’re in the suburbs of Houston or on MLK Blvd in

Anytown, USA, you know what to expect. And yet, walking down a street in a Black neighborhood with Black residents and Black customers buzzing about the retail shops, that image of the few Koreans in the neighborhood only existing behind the cash register of liquor, beauty supply and other retail shops is still perplexing.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: atlanta; beauty; beautysupply; black; blackwomen; business; customer; economics; economy; hair; korean; looks; opportunity; question; store; supply
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1 posted on 09/29/2010 1:16:51 PM PDT by Niuhuru
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To: Niuhuru

The racism in the question is astounding


2 posted on 09/29/2010 1:17:57 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: GeronL

And the fact the question has to be asked is pure idiocy.


3 posted on 09/29/2010 1:18:30 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

A lot of Koreans are hard-working entrepreneurs who put in long hours to live the American dream. And mostly they’re here legally. More power to them.


4 posted on 09/29/2010 1:19:41 PM PDT by Genoa (Put the kettle on!)
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To: Niuhuru

Because they want to- it is a free country.

Next question.


5 posted on 09/29/2010 1:21:57 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Niuhuru

The comments under that article are as interesting as the article itself.


6 posted on 09/29/2010 1:22:13 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Niuhuru
Why Do Koreans Own The Black Beauty Supply Business?

Could be because they worked hard, saved their money and took a risk to try to better them selves.

7 posted on 09/29/2010 1:22:18 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Niuhuru

Unbelievable. If one were trying to instigate racial violence against Koreans, I could not think of a better way to do it than to publish an overtly inflammatory and racist piece of yellow journalism like this.

That’s about as civil as I can be, and it’s probably best I stop right here...


8 posted on 09/29/2010 1:22:38 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: Niuhuru
Because of LBJ's 'War on Poverty' that left so many black families without fathers. Fathers are required to be in the home to teach the hard work and saving ethic that is needed to obtain the initial capital to open a business.

Thank a leftist for consequences that are 180 degrees from what was espoused.

/johnny

9 posted on 09/29/2010 1:23:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Niuhuru

Because there’s a market and they were able to see that and fill it.


10 posted on 09/29/2010 1:23:35 PM PDT by keepitreal ( Good manners never go out of style)
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To: Genoa

here in L.A., it’s the same old issue. The Koreans were the only ones willing to head into black/mixed neighborhoods and ply their trades but due to racist dunderheads, they packed and left.


11 posted on 09/29/2010 1:23:58 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: La Lydia

I agree 100%. Same Old Same Old!


12 posted on 09/29/2010 1:25:06 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Bean Counter

The reason these people own the businesses is because they came here, started a business, and took advantage of a needed market. I mean, it’s not like they took jobs from anyone, rather, they created them. I hope to God that nothing happens to these business owners.


13 posted on 09/29/2010 1:25:06 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Interesting how over flowing the racism is in the comment section.


14 posted on 09/29/2010 1:26:38 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: max americana

I wonder, if these people use the ghetto as a starting base and then move up and somewhere else, into better communities to ply their business. Which is what all immigrants do.


15 posted on 09/29/2010 1:27:00 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru
Who wants to get their hands all up into a "do" like Sheila Jackson Lee's?

Folks who have to eat dogs, that's who.

16 posted on 09/29/2010 1:28:32 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily ~ http://eastforker.com/home.html)
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To: Niuhuru

Simple answer Korean extended families pool their resources to create businesses.

Black single mothers live off of the government dole.

One group creates businesses and the other buys from them.

And yet liberals cannot figure this out.


17 posted on 09/29/2010 1:28:54 PM PDT by usmcobra (.Islam: providing Live Targets for United States Marines since 1786!)
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To: Niuhuru

True, but as a capitalist, one must also take into account markets that are under-served. Ergo, the “poor” areas.


18 posted on 09/29/2010 1:29:46 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: Niuhuru
Why Do Koreans Own The Black Beauty Supply Business?

They like to make money,

20 posted on 09/29/2010 1:32:39 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Niuhuru

Perhaps it is because the Koreans saw an unfilled nich in American business and filled it.

That is the problem with immigrants. They see business openings that the rest of us don’t see even though they are right in front of us.


21 posted on 09/29/2010 1:32:57 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( AKA Rodrigo de Bivar)
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To: GeronL
Agreed. The entire article is steeped in racism.
22 posted on 09/29/2010 1:33:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: Niuhuru

Google this R. Asmerom person and what they’ve written, definitely a racebaiter.


23 posted on 09/29/2010 1:34:24 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Niuhuru
Weird discussion.

I get so angry when I look at my Black sisters, most of them wearing artificial hair they buy from Koreans stores. I wear my hair natural, as I am a Black woman, and prefer my knotty hair to straight hair any day...

24 posted on 09/29/2010 1:34:30 PM PDT by McGruff (I Love the Smell of Desperation in the Morning. Smells like Victory!)
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To: usmcobra

There’s that, but the Koreans also have a wrok ethic that would frighten Calvin and intimidate the Puritans. That’s the real fundamental factor. All the luck and ability in the world is nothing without a work ethic. Say the least that they come to this country and see an opportunity instead of a piggy bank.


25 posted on 09/29/2010 1:35:25 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Koreans: Doing the Job Black Americans Won’t Do?

(/sarc)


26 posted on 09/29/2010 1:38:19 PM PDT by workerbee (FAIL, BABY, FAIL!)
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To: Niuhuru
Why Do Koreans Own The Black Beauty Supply Business?

If Koreans own the business then how does this person think it belongs to blacks?!

27 posted on 09/29/2010 1:40:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: workerbee

Exactly really. When you think about it, it’s exactly that.


28 posted on 09/29/2010 1:41:05 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: kcvl

I think they have an inverse view of how businesses get created. Microsoft didn’t create itself and then decide that Bill Gates would run it. Bill decided to take a risk, work at it, and then it became successful. Same with these Koreans. They realized that there would be a lucrative market, bought the needed items, rented the space, and then opened shop. Go figure, they have become successful. Businesses dont’ just appear and then decide who runs them or who will be declared the founder of tehir company. It doesn’t work like that.


29 posted on 09/29/2010 1:44:21 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Genoa

Why do Koreans own so many small mom-and-pop businesses in run down areas of the city?

Because they are willing to go to work 7 days a week, and put in the 70 or 80 hours a week at work it takes to make these buinsesses turn a profit.


30 posted on 09/29/2010 1:57:03 PM PDT by Brookhaven (The next step for the Tea Party--The Conservative Hand--is available at Amazon.com)
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To: Niuhuru

“Why do Koreans own the ‘Black Beauty’ supply business?”

I did not realize that Koreans were that much into horse stories, let alone those aimed at pre-teen girls?

Well, as often as they remake the movie, I guess the business really pays well....

/sarc


31 posted on 09/29/2010 2:05:18 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites" - Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Niuhuru

It’s funny how this is not considered racist. I wonder if they’d punish articles asking:

Why do so many blacks own the prison inmate business?

Why do so many blacks own the crack dealing business?


32 posted on 09/29/2010 2:08:30 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Niuhuru

33 posted on 09/29/2010 2:15:04 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Contrary to liberal belief, it's the United StateS of America, not the united STATE of america.)
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To: Niuhuru

I’ve actually wondered the same thing, but for a different reason. I’ve wondered what would compel them (Koreans) to move into black neighborhoods where they are exposed to racial antagonism from the locals, just so they can ply their trade, when they could open up shops elsewhere without putting themselves at so much risk of assault. I don’t know very many Koreans, but they seem quite fearless from my limited knowledge of them.


34 posted on 09/29/2010 2:20:32 PM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: Niuhuru

This is a fascinating thread. Thanks for posting this article.

Early in the 20th century there was a successful black businesswoman (I’ve unfortunately forgotten her name) who created a U.S.-wide, beauty-based empire catering to black folk. This briliant woman, a millionairess, was wildly successful but I have no idea if her business was carried onwards by her family after her death. My main thrust is that she could do it so anyone can do it.

What many readers here are missing is this: Korean owned businesses buy from a closed distribution system which is of Korean origin. They purposefully exclude non-Koreans from being involved in this economic chain. It is a legal practice though IMO it unAmerican in spirit.

If blacks don’t like that black owned businesses are shut out of the supply chain, then don’t go to Korean owned businesses. It is that simple.

For example, I refuse to purchase Chinese products (except for porcelain and silk). This is my economic choice. So can anyone choose with whom to do business.


35 posted on 09/29/2010 2:21:40 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Niuhuru

Vietnemese/Korean also seem to have the nail salon industry locked up.


36 posted on 09/29/2010 2:25:16 PM PDT by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: SatinDoll

“I refuse to purchase Chinese products (except for porcelain and silk).”

So, do you have anything else in your house besides porcelain and silk, (plus a gun and a dog;) Just kidding, but it is extremely hard to find consumer products which are NOT manufactured by the Chicoms!


37 posted on 09/29/2010 2:36:27 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Niuhuru

Perhaps Koreans are successful in catering to blacks in black communities because they don’t have that legacy of slavery holding them back....seriously, they seem to work harder and longer not expecting something because they are entitled or waiting for a government program.


38 posted on 09/29/2010 2:37:33 PM PDT by Enten (How's that hopey changey thing working out for you?)
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To: SatinDoll

Could you elaborate on the Korean distribution system? I am fascinated by this, because even in the upscale parts of my town, all the nail salons and hair salons are run by Korean people. Good, Christian Korean people by the way. I have always wondered the connection.


39 posted on 09/29/2010 2:38:54 PM PDT by CharlieOK1 (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: nagdt

agreed. And it’s not just in predominately black areas. All over my town, they are all ran by Korean people. Just curious.


40 posted on 09/29/2010 2:40:17 PM PDT by CharlieOK1 (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: Niuhuru

The comments to the article are amazing. A real glimpse into the mindset of the inner-city blacks.


41 posted on 09/29/2010 2:52:16 PM PDT by eureka! (Tea Party = Real Americans' ACORN --the ground game will save us.)
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To: Frank_2001
“...it is extremely hard to find consumer products which are NOT manufactured by the Chicom!”

I purchase a lot of stuff off of Ebay or from other ‘secondary’ sources. It is possible to buy “new with tags” items at such sources.

True, I spend a lot of time reading labels for the source of a product but I really want to buy items made in North America as much as possible, and specifically U.S.A.

Buying U.S.A. will be more and more difficult especially since Obama is creating an even more hostile business environment than existed before his administration.

I do own dogs — a Golden Retriever and an English Springer Spaniel. Both are definitely ‘gun dogs’.

42 posted on 09/29/2010 2:52:22 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: La Lydia
The comments under that article are as interesting as the article itself.

Indeed, and IMO revealing. That being said, one guy made an interesting point. To a degree, it sounds like the Mormons in Utah and the Amish in Lancaster County, PA:
"I agree with this article, I am black business owner in Syracuse New York (Green Family Closet) specializing in the hair market. I found these same discriminating factors, when I decided to open my store. There are distributors who refuse to sell hair products to owners who are not of Korean decent.(Specifically Janet Collection) They claim that they cannot supply people in a radius of 10-15 miles near each other,yet there are two stores run by Koreans that are supplied by them.
I think this kind of treatment creates a monopoly in the hair industry for Korean owners and displaces African Americans, the leading consumers of these products. I have to note that these distributors are a contributing factor, but I believe that the change can only be made if African Americans are willing to call for the change as well. The fight cannot be reached if we continue to be complacent and accept this as our FATE!"

43 posted on 09/29/2010 2:54:23 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: CharlieOK1

Gosh, Charlie, that’s all explained in the article at the link. Go to the beginning of the thread and click on it.

Hint: it all started with Korean hair used for wigs!


44 posted on 09/29/2010 2:54:38 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Niuhuru

Easy. Koreans came to his country seeking opportunity. Blacks in this country seek a handout.


45 posted on 09/29/2010 2:57:09 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: GeronL; BenLurkin

And you might also feel astounded by what you feel to be racism in my answer, but according to my wife’s Korean, Black-Beauty-Shop-owning uncle, the answer is a four-letter word: work.


46 posted on 09/29/2010 3:00:12 PM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to becomonthsme Obama's critics.)
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To: Oatka

Two posts down, someone from Janet Collection offers to get him what he needs.


47 posted on 09/29/2010 3:00:56 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: flowerplough

I totally agree with you.


48 posted on 09/29/2010 3:01:35 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Texan Tory

“. I don’t know very many Koreans, but they seem quite fearless from my limited knowledge of them.”

After leaving a dictatorship and coming here and coming to a whole new environment, it takes a LOT of courage. And to come with nothing.


49 posted on 09/29/2010 3:02:12 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: flowerplough

I don’t get it. What are you trying to say?


50 posted on 09/29/2010 3:03:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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