Leaders of Black Lives Matter Send List of Demands to Louisville Businesses for Gentrification

Rally at Fernando Martinez' restaurant, Youtube
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Black Lives Matter protesters, claiming that gentrification by White people has caused destruction of low-income Black communities, sent a letter to local businesses with the alleged goal of increasing diversity but with a more apparent goal of demanding money. Their letter demanded employing a minimum of 23% Black staff, purchasing a minimum of 23% inventory from Black retailers or donating 1.5% of net sales to a local Black organization . They also demand diversity and inclusion training for all staff members on a bi-annual basis. Repercussions if these demands are not met include boycotts, protests outside of the businesses, and placing tables out side of the business with Black proprietors selling competing items. Fernando Martinez, a Cuban immigrant who owns several restaurants, drew heat when he called these threats “mafia tactics”. Shortly after that, his restaurant was vandalized, proving that his appraisal was accurate. -GEG

Members of Louisville’s Cuban community rallied together Sunday in support of an immigrant-owned business in NuLu.

The owner of La Bodeguita de Mima, Fernando Martinez, came under fire recently after he publicly spoke out against a list of demands Black Lives Matter protesters gave to NuLu business owners.

“It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, your sexual preference. My son is gay and I am proud of him. For people to call me a bigot, a racist, it’s not right, it’s not fair,” Martinez said to the crowd of ralliers on the steps of his restaurant.

Others outside of the Cuban community also joined him at his restaurant  Sunday, saying they wanted to also speak out in support.

“We need to stand together and fight against anyone who’s trying to extort people who’s just trying to make a way in this country,” MeShorn T Daniels, founder of God’s Lives Matter, said.

The rally comes as the restaurant owner faced criticism for publicly calling the actions of protesters “mafia tactics” used to intimidate business owners.

“I’m not against the black community. We’re not as a community, as a business, against the black community,” Martinez said Sunday.

The protesters list of demands aims to improve diversity in NuLu and asked business owners to hire more black staff and undergo diversity training.

Supporters of Martinez said they also want to see increased diversity in NuLu, but wish the protesters would have gone about their demands differently.

“It’s just unethical and that’s not how you handle business. If you want help from someone, there’s a way of going about it, being diplomatic about it. But you don’t threaten anybody,” Ahamara Brewster, leader of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party said.

While counter protesters weren’t at Sunday’s rally, the restaurant says it’s faced “vandalism” and “extortion” in recent days since Martinez spoke out.

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2 years ago

It’s a shakedown
Just like the Gambinos used to do
Only now, the left is complicit in their criminality
Time to take the trash out

2 years ago

I live outside Jefferson County (Louisville) and the scary part is that Louisville is so lefttard liberal, the socialists that run the city/county may give these morons anything they ask for. The two liberal cesspools in the Commonwealth are Louisville and Lexington.

2 years ago

I notice the third world alien invader capitalized “Asian” and “Latino” but refused to, not only Capitalize White People but refused to call us by Our Name, American.

Non-whites simply cannot live in The West. They are disrespectful and have never appreciated all the NON-White Racial Set-Asides that WHITES GIVE them.

2 years ago

Somebody wrote and signed that letter. Whomever it was is a criminal. No one will mind if he/she is exposed or disappears.

2 years ago

The NWO wants to shut down all small businesses. This is just another way to do it.