Daily Wire reported that a group of businesses and non-profits in downtown Louisville, have been threatened by left-wing political activists threatening negative reviews if their demands of donations, quotas and dress codes are not met.
The group of commerce targeted are located in the East Market District, which is nicknamed “NuLu”, for New Louisville.
A demonstration in Louisville last week resulted in dozens of arrests after protestors blocked a highway, restricting traffic. Many people in this group were charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway. There were also reports of assault charges taken up against people who were arrested for throwing bottles at police officers.
The three page contract offered to the businesses in the NuLu section of Louisville was issued later in the week, promising an onslaught of negative reviews if the demands were not met.
“The residents of Louisville, Kentucky are standing strong, educated, and together to express the destruction your business has caused to low-income communities, specifically those with majority black residents,” begins the letter that calls for change.
The letter continues; “We therefore demand representation and reparations in the NuLu business district of Louisville for the gentrification that has taken place. The policies and processes of the revitalization on NuLu has displaced marginalized people from homes their families have often resided for generations, single-handedly progressing the gentrification of black neighborhoods.”
“This process has been happening to black, indigenous, and persons of color at the hands of white, heterosexual patriarchy since the inception of this nation we call home. Black folx [sic] can’t ‘have this own space’ when wealthy white folks see an opportunity to make more money,” read the letter, as it demonized gentrification and demanded “representation over tokenism”.
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The letter then lists eight “demands,” which include:
1. Businesses will adequately represent the black population of Louisville by having a minimum of 23% black staff (including management) in front of house positions, and maintain commitment and accountability to increasing that number (accountability roundtable information below).
2. Retail locations will include a minimum of 23% inventory of black retailers OR make a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales to black local organizations.
3. Business owners will require diversity, equity, & inclusion training for their staffs, to be conducted by any one of the black women leaders on the attached list. Training will be conducted thereafter on a bi-annual basis.
4. Customize your own OR display one of the attached written statements in a viable location within your business to increase awareness and show support for the reparations movement.
5. Non-profits in NuLu district will submit to a voluntary, external audit of their board of trustees and take necessary steps towards 23% representation on those boards.
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6. Business owners & non-profit leaders will participate in quarterly roundtable discussions to be held accountable for their communities to these demands, and work together towards increased equity.
7. Maintain adequate black representation in any entertainment and performances booked at your business.
8. Dress code policies inherently discriminate against black folks, women, and the transgender community. You must eliminate dress code policies that promote profiling towards patrons and employees, including their hair requirements or stipulations, which can disproportionately target black folks.
9. 23% black representation on the board of the NuLu Business Association.