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Dozens from Louisville’s Cuban community gathered in NuLu on Sunday evening for a rally in support of an immigrant-owned restaurant that pushed back against demands for greater Black representation in NuLu.
On Sunday, Martinez explained his issue was not with Louisville’s Black community but with “socialism,” which he said he escaped in leaving Cuba for the U.S.
“We’re here to work. We’re dreamers. We’re people who love freedom and love this country,” Martinez said about Cuban-Americans. “This is not a race fight. This is an idea fight.”
Berta Weyenberg, president of the Cuban American Association of Kentucky, estimated there are 250,000 Cubans in Kentucky. In an interview, she emphasized that Cuban Americans were committed to the values and ideals of their adopted country.
“We came here not because we wanted to come. We fell in love with your city and your country after being here because you welcomed us,” she said. “We are here to defend the freedom that you all gave us that we didn’t have.”
Martinez has publicly denounced the demands on Facebook, calling them "mafia tactics" used to intimidate business owners. And on Thursday, a small group of protesters confronted him outside his newest restaurant, La Bodeguita de Mima, on East Market Street.
"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," Martinez wrote in his Facebook post. "... All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?"
It demanded that businesses employ at least 23 percent black staff, bought at least 23 percent of their inventory from black retailers or make a recurring donation of 1.5 percent of their net sales to a local black charity, and that they should display a sign showing their support for the movement.
It also listed a series of 'repercussions' if the businesses didn't comply which included a boycott, social media shaming, and an 'invasive reclamation' whereby black owned businesses with competing goods of services would set up 'booths and tables' outside the store fronts.
originally posted by: SecretKnowledge
23% black staff and 23% inventory from a black supplier..How does that work if 20% is one in five and 25% is one in four.
So what is 23%?
That right there is ridiculous, never mind the rest of the demands
It also listed a series of 'repercussions' if the businesses didn't comply which included...an 'invasive reclamation' whereby black owned businesses with competing goods of services would set up 'booths and tables' outside the store fronts.
The Cuban community of Louisville stands up against the BLM threats and shakedown money. I think this type of "Protection Racket" used to be called "Extortion" when we had laws that applied to criminals. The Cubans are publicly denouncing "socialism" and all the great things that come with it.
originally posted by: Annee
Who exactly sent this letter of demands?
Is there a source, a name?
It’s not exactly official looking.