Black Lives Matter in Louisville, KY, has shown they're interested in power, including threatening small, minority-owned businesses with a list of demands. However, an American of Cuban descent who is a business owner has pushed back, and, of course, he has been confronted by the BLM mob.
BLM is using a Saul Alinsky tactic to intimidate businesses, large and small, into following their social-political-economic agenda or be accused of being racist. Adverse publicity, with the help of the Mainstream Media, is their first-line weapon. Violence and damage are their back-ups.
This BLM strategy has been successful with large corporations like the NFL, NBA, Nike, Ford Motor, and ESPN. BLM will now use the same tactic of financial extortion with small and minority businesses.
The Louisville BLM is demanding several things among them to have all businesses employ a minimum of 23% Black employees and to purchase a minimum of 23% inventory from Black retailers. They also demand a monthly donation from businesses of 1.5% of their net sales go to local Black nonprofits or organizations, and to show support for the “reparations” movement…or else.
While BLM and ANTIFA supporters criticize "American exploitation of 3rd world people and people of color," their hypocrisy is exposed in this incident. Their real agenda is about power through intimidation and violence, even against those they pretend to protect and defend.
Latino restaurant owner Fernando Martinez accused BLM of using "mafia tactics" to get their demands. He wrote on Facebook, "There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand, and you have to prove your convictions and what you believe in. All good people need to denounce this. How can you justify injustice with more injustice?"
It's true. Racism doesn't cure racism, and intimidation and violence don't bring positive race relations. People cannot be forced to like each other.
Black Lives Matter immediately reacted with a demonstration outside one of Martinez's establishments and by confronting him when he tried to talk to them. Trying to reason with BLM and ANTIFA (and Democrats in general) radicals is futile.
Sadly, according to the local Louisville Courier-Journal, other small business owners are caving to BLM intimidation. The Saul Alinsky threats and intimidation are paying off for BLM, which only encourages their strategy more.
This tactic is successful in large part because the news media does not confront or challenge BLM. Their intimidation of people, businesses, and other institutions would have limited success if the news media, including the Spanish-language news media, did not support their "cancel culture."
This is not the first time a Latino has been targeted for not falling in line with the Leftist mob. Recently, the Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue was attacked with a boycott after he publicly praised President Donald Trump.
Latino Democrats like Congressman Joaquin Castro and Congresswoman Ocasio Cortes claim like play the race card and claim they support Latinos. But when a Latino is not in line with their liberal/leftist agenda, they are quick to attack and try to silence them.
Since BLM is demanding money from businesses and institutions, Congress and the IRS should investigate them as the Obama Administration investigated the Tea Party groups.
We must support personal and economic freedoms and resist being physically, politically, or economically bullied. When the liberties of one are limited or threatened, everyone's freedoms are in danger.
Stand up to the Marxist bullies. Remember, in November.