The owner of a Cuban restaurant in Louisville has decried a list of 'diversity demands sent to him and dozens of other small business owners by Black Lives Matter activists - which include guaranteeing that at least 23% of staff are black, 23% of the business's supplies are from black-owned retailers, and 1.5% of their net sales go to black charities. They also need to publicly display a sign showing their support for the movement.
If they don't comply, the business owners face a series of "repercussions," including social media shaming, 'invasive reclamation' where black owned businesses would set up competing 'booths and tables' outside the stores, and they would have 'their storefronts fucked with,' according to the Daily Mail.
The letter was sent to business owners in the city's 'NuLu' East Market District during a July 24 protest which forced some area businesses to close. BLM argues that the neighborhood was only able to flourish after a housing project was demolished in the 2000s, which 'robbed the black community of opportunities and wiped out their homes,' according to the report.
Fernando Martinez, who owns La Bodeguita de Mima, claims that one of the activists warned him: 'You better put the letter on the door so your business is not f*cked with.'
For the next two days after the protest, he claims he kept his restaurant closed because staff feared for their safety. It meant that more than 30 staff members were not able to earn a paycheck.
He took to Facebook to accuse them of 'mafia tactics' and said that while he respects the movement and wants to support it, it's unfair for his business and safety to be threatened.
'There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in.
'All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?' he wrote on Facebook. -Daily Mail
Read the letter below:
On Sunday, Martinez spoke at Cuban community rally to express support for BLM, but also make clear that they won't be strong-armed into anything.
"There are people out there who are trying to define who I am as a man, who I am as a businessman, and who we are as a community," said Martinez, adding "The Cuban community is not the enemy of the Black community."
"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."
Apparently BLM doesn't see things that way.