Nice restaurant you have there, pity if something should happen to it.
Sounds like something you might hear in Goodfellas or The Godfather, doesn’t it?
But it isn’t. This is what a Cuban restaurant owner in Louisville heard from some BLM activists.
There was literally a list of demands.
He and other small businesses in the city got a written ultimatum from protesters.
The letter went out to business owners in East Market District in Louisville, also known as NuLu, during a protest on July 24 that forced some of the businesses in the area to close.
It demanded that businesses employ at least 23 percent black staff, bought at least 23 percent of their inventory from black retailers or make a recurring donation of 1.5 percent of their net sales to a local black charity, and that they should display a sign showing their support for the movement.
It also listed a series of ‘repercussions’ if the businesses didn’t comply which included a boycott, social media shaming, and an ‘invasive reclamation’ whereby black owned businesses with competing goods of services would set up ‘booths and tables’ outside the store fronts.
Just in case anyone was wondering if these BLM protesters had anything in common with the shock troops that helped pave the way for some of the worst authoritarian leaders of the past century… they are making it painfully clear.
The only question still unanswered is if these punks will wear black shirts or brown ones.
Fernando Martinez, the restaurant owner had some words for these people.
‘La Bodeguita is open to everybody. If you’re gay, this is your home. If you’re Black, this is your home. If you’re White, this is your home. If you’re human, this is your home,’ he said.
Another said: ‘The reason we are here is because the system, because socialism doesn’t work. It doesn’t work.’
Ahamara Brewster, who belongs to Revolutionary Black Panther Party, also denounced the approach.
‘You’re attacking a Black-brown establishment, but you’re in the name of Black Lives Matter? Wait a minute, something’s weird about this,’ she said.
The BLM protesters in Louisville say the list was not a set of demands but that they want to start a conversation with local businesses.
Some have agreed to their requests, they said.
‘Requests’ were actually expressed as demands. Those demands included:
‘Reparations for the gentrification that has taken place in this business district’.
They demand representation among the business community.
Minimum of 23% of black staff, including management, in businesses
Retailers source a minimum of 23% of their inventory from black-owned businesses… and DONATE 1.5% of monthly income to approved causes.
Post a sign in support of reparations
Mandatory diversity training under an approved group.
Mandatory attendance at quarterly roundtable discussions facilitated by ‘black womxn leaders’.
Penalties for failure to comply will include:
Racial reporting to BBB
Social media blast notifications
‘Invasive reclamation’ — putting tables/booths outside store selling comparable items to items sold indoors.