Business owners in Louisville, Kentucky’s “NuLu” East Market District are being extorted by Black Lives Matter anarchists who just issued a list of “repercussions” for non-compliance with their demands. Local officials apparently aren’t raising a finger to stop it, so that must mean they endorse the shakedown.
A letter to business owners
Merchants in what used to be called the East Market District in Louisville, Kentucky, are being handed a “letter” from local representatives of Black Lives Matter, demanding the business owners comply with a shifting list of demands. Non-compliance, they warn, will have “repercussions.”
Since the new Millenium rolled around, the area has grown into a “hip, affluent” cultural experience re-branded as “NuLu.” Known far and wide as a cultural mecca, the neighborhood features everything from “upscale New American cuisine to casual BBQ.” Stylish bars pour craft beer and exclusive bourbon. Shops display “vintage clothing, women’s fashion, gourmet eats or restored furniture.” If you’re looking for something to hang on the wall, “contemporary galleries stay open late for the monthly First Friday.” That’s the night local business owners team up to hold the “Hop street party, with art shows, live music, shopping and street food.
All of the productive merchants who carved out a personal slice of the American dream to become small business owners, with a reasonable reliance on property rights, as guaranteed by the Constitution, are now subject to the whims and demands of Black Lives Matter anarchists. Worse, the officials who swore to uphold the law are out there helping the anarchists to break them.
Five possible penalties for non-compliance
Various versions of the demand letter are floating around the neighborhood but they generally agree that there will be five possible “repercussions of non-compliance,” starting with a ding in the merchant’s “Racial Index Score,” whatever that means. As noted in the letter, that looks like it entails a “Bias report” against the owners to the Better Business Bureau.
Any balky business owners can expect a negative “social media blast” which entails notification “via all social media platforms, of non-compliance.” The next level up is a boycott by the public, “coordinated through social media and mail announcements, of your NuLu establishment AND any other business ventures owned by you.” They also have rioters on hand, standing by with ball peen hammers to conduct a visible “media-covered demonstration/sit-in outside your establishment.”
They came up with one interesting way to fight back against those nasty racist capitalists who won’t give in to their demands. They will fight fire with fire by becoming business owners themselves without any of those nasty regulations or the need for buildings. Blacks intend to squat on local sidewalks and offer alternative goods and services. They call it “Invasive Reclamation.” The scheme is spelled out, “placement of booths/tables outside your establishment where competing Black proprietors will offer items comparable to those offered by you.” First, they have to put down the bong and get up off the couch.
Two lists of demands
There are at least two versions of the demand list going around. They agree that business owners must “adequately represent the black population of Louisville,” by “having a minimum of 23% black staff.” Demand number 2 builds on that by insisting that retail locations like shopping malls have at least 23% black retailers. They have the option to pay “a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales to black local organizations.”
All business owners are required to schedule diversity and inclusion training twice a year, “to be conducted by any one of the black women leaders on the attached list.” They also have to post an “approved” sign promoting “support for the reparations movement.” Non-profits “will submit to a voluntary, external audit of their board of trustees and take necessary steps towards 23% representation on those boards.” All business owners must also “participate in quarterly round-table discussions to be held accountable for their communities to these demands.”
Optionally, as demanded by the second version of the letter, business owners are required to “Maintain adequate black representation in any entertainment and performances booked at your business.” The second controversial demand was “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.” The demand for “23% black representation on the board of the NuLu Business Association” was listed as number 9 on the expanded version but combined with number one on the original version.