Immigrant Owner of La Bodeguita de Mima restaurant in Louisville Kentucky, Fernando Martinez called racist, bigot after protesting BLM demands in NuLu
Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists in NuLu (New Louiseville) sent a letter to business owners to demand certain black reparations. BLM activists made threats if the demands were not met, says a report.
Fernando Martinez, the owner of La Bodeguita de Mima, is called a racist bigot. The restaurant faced “vandalism” and “extortion” in recent days since Martinez spoke out.
The Cuban community joined him at his restaurant Sunday to support what they called “mafia-style” demands.
Some of the demands of BLM Activists to Louisville (East Market District) Businesses and non-profits include the following:
- Businesses (including non-profits organizations) should represent the black population, including management, inventory black retailers of 23%
- OR make a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales to local black organizations.
- Business owners are required to diversify, train staff conducted by black women leaders, done twice yearly.
- Display a statement on business to make people aware of the “Reparation Movement.”
- Business owners will participate in quarterly discussion and accountability. [Sources: CJ; DW]
Black Americans supported the immigrant-owned restaurant, stood against “mafia-style” demands
Supporters of Martinez said the demand by BLM was a “mafia-style-extortion” “We need to stand together and fight against anyone who’s trying to extort people who’re just trying to make a way in this country,” said MeShorn T Daniels, founder of God’s Lives Matter, in an interview with WHAS 11.
“…you don’t threaten anybody,” Ahamara Brewster, leader of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party, said. “You’re attacking a brown-black establishment in the name of Black Lives Matter…? She said.
Black students make demands at Princeton
In 2015, a similar incident at Princeton University demanded changes in black students’ social and academic experience.
The protesters called Black Justice League at Princeton publicly acknowledge what they say is the racist legacy of former school president and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
They demanded to rename buildings and programs named after him, cultural training for staff and faculty, and cultural space on campus dedicated to black students.