Louisville Business Owner Blasts Black Lives Matter for Ridiculous Demands
Cuban immigrant and business owner Fernando Martinez has seen just about enough. This weekend, the Louisville resident took to Facebook to criticize the Black Lives Matter protesters and the “mafia tactics” they’ve been using to shake down area business owners. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Martinez and others have recently received demand letters from protesters, telling business owners to place copies of the letter on their doors so “your business is not f**ked with.”
Martinez, who runs restaurants in the area, said that he would not simply lie down in the face of these strongarm tactics.
“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 justify injustice with more injustice?” he asked in a Facebook post.
According to the paper, business owners must outfit their staff with at least 23% black employees and they must purchase at least 23% of their goods from black-owned businesses to come into compliance with the protesters’ demands.
At a protest on Sunday, Martinez questioned why he would be targeted by racial justice protesters in the first place.
“How can I be called a bigot and a racist when my family is black?” he asked. “When my son is gay? I’m the proud father of a gay son, and I’m gonna fight for him against anybody.”
Instead of acknowledging that it was perhaps beyond the pale for Black Lives Matter protesters to issue warnings and threats to business owners, Sadiqa Reynolds of the Louisville Urban League issued her own Facebook statement criticizing Martinez and saying she would never again eat at his restaurant.
“I don’t know why any human, other than a racist, would choose this time to tell us how little our lives matter,” she wrote.
Well, this is really where the rub lies, is it not? This is their power. If you don’t succumb to their demands, they label you a racist who doesn’t care about black lives. It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent your entire life fighting for equality. It doesn’t matter if you’ve employed black people, have black people in your family, or ARE a black person yourself. If you’re not down with this Marxist movement, you might as well have a swastika tattooed on your forehead. This is how they defeat intelligent, hardworking people with their thuggish, bankrupt ideas.
We’ll give this to them: It’s an incredibly effective strategy.