LOUISVILLE, KY – The message from 2017, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder:
“White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.”
Back in August of 2017, amid the uprising of Black Lives Matter activists and organization, a rally was being organized in Louisville in response to the violence and turmoil which plagued the area of Charlottesville, VA.
On August 12, 2017, James Fields Jr, intentionally drove his car into a group of people who were peacefully protesting the Unite the Right rally, organized by white nationalists and supremacy groups.
The rally was in opposition to racism and particularly in favor or removing both the statues of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, from government buildings where they stood.
Chanelle Helm, the co-founder and organizer of the Black Lives Matter group in Louisville, wrote an article in Leo Weekly listing ten demands that she feels privileged ‘white people’ owe her, and “black and brown people.” #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/AcgntRAEAb
— hazaelfan (@hazaelfan) June 13, 2020
Within days of the incident, anti-racism rallies were organized and people took to social media platforms to voice their thoughts, anger and suggestions.
A major contributor in the social media platform arose from Black Lives Matter co-founder Chanelle Helm when she took to her Facebook page to voice what she believed needed to be said.
Her post caught the attention of some and was then published on Leo Weekly, a Louisville art and entertainment publication.
“We’re not going to see it quell until we see some hard systemic changes,” said Chanelle Helm, the 40-year-old lead organizer with Black Lives Matter Louisville. https://t.co/ADNvl5vMPR
— Linda Hill (@bulldoghill) June 12, 2020
Leo Weekly published her news piece as a part of a “package covering Louisville’s Reaction to Charlottesville,” according to Leo Weekly.
The title of the piece featured in the “news” section of Leo Weekly’s website: “White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader.”
The ten requests are below as quoted by Helm from her August 17, 2017 article:
-White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.
-White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.
-If you are a developer or realty owner of multi-family housing, build a sustainable complex in a black or brown blighted neighborhood and let black and brown people live in it for free.
-White people, if you can afford to downsize, give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.
-White people, if any of the people you intend to leave your property to are racists assholes, change the will, and will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.
-White people, re-budget your monthly so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.
-White people, especially white women (because this is yaw specialty — Nosey Jenny and Meddling Kathy), get a racist fired. Yaw know what the fuck they be saying. You are complicit when you ignore them. Get your boss fired cause they racist too.
-Backing up No. 7, this should be easy but all those sheetless Klan, Nazi’s and Other lil’ dick-white men will all be returning to work. Get they ass fired. Call the police even: they look suspicious.
-OK, backing up No. 8, if any white person at your work, or as you enter in spaces and you overhear a white person praising the actions from yesterday, first, get a pic. Get their name and more info. Hell, find out where they work — Get Them Fired. But certainly address them, and, if you need to, you got hands: use them.
-Commit to two things: Fighting white supremacy where and how you can (this doesn’t mean taking up knitting, unless you’re making scarves for black and brown kids in need), and funding black and brown people and their work.
The article caught the attention of several conservative, right-wing news affiliates such as The Daily Wire, Breitbart and others.
A few days after its posting, the Costello with the Courier Journal put out an article saying Helm claimed to have been receiving death threats based on her publication.
Join us on Facebook Live AT 7 PM EST for an episode of #RaceMatters with our Co-Founder @cliff_notes joined by Shawnte West, Cheri Allen, Jacy Jones-Britt, and Chanelle Helm, Core Lead Organizer of BLM Louisville to discuss Breonna Taylor. #JusticeForBreonna #FreeKenny pic.twitter.com/oASsr0XOsO
— Black Voters Matter (@BlackVotersMtr) May 18, 2020
“I didn’t think that right-wing nut jobs would take it and twist and turn my words into whatever they wanted to turn them into.”
Reading the above statements, Helm wrote, incite further racism and violence against white people and reference several stereo types both for both Caucasians and black alike.
More interesting was what the popular Snopes website put out in response to this article Helm wrote, as many believed it to be satire because it appeared so outlandish.
But, it proved to be her words. Snopes in their 2017 article, written by Bethania Palma, questioned whether Helm was inciting another race war or simply trying to peacefully preach her anti-racist feelings.
Palma stated what Helm told them:
“’It got out of control’, Helm told us, when the post was picked up and aggregated by third-party blogs and assigned inflammatory headlines written to induce maximum outrage. For example, a blogger for the web site TrendingViews characterized her list as ‘demands.'”
Chanelle Helm is a Black Lives Matter leader. This list is from 2017, but it will give you a glimpse inside the minds of people who are not only attracted to BLM, but become leaders in it.
This is the sort of thing people are foolishly supporting…https://t.co/DU9oaqIG4F
— Adjacent Possible (@Sage_Opinion) June 9, 2020
The Snopes website is known for somewhat weeding out fake news and differentiating between what’s real and what’s being blown out of proportion.
The publication Leo Weekly published the article using her name as the author. There was not a second showing of what her Facebook page originally said, or if she in fact disagreed with what was published by Leo Weekly.
The fact of the matter is, Helm said these things back in 2017, and truthandaction.org picked it up again in light of recent events. With the things going on in America right now, revisiting some ideologies revolving around white privilege and Neo-Nazi groups are what the Black Lives Matter movement display in their forefront.
Chanelle Helm of Black Lives Matter #Louisville used a bullhorn: “If you are going to be here, you should defend this space.”
— Popular Resistance (@PopResistance) June 2, 2020
NBC news reported that James Fields Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a woman and injuring several others who were protesting in Charlottesville, VA.
He was sparred the death penalty by pleading guilty to 29 of 30 counts in the federal case (2019), and that case serves as an example that hate crimes such as these will not be tolerated in the United States.
But, the justice system has to do its job. It cannot be pushed aside to appease the mob or public outcry of things fueled by social media platforms, cell phone video or based off of what one group of people scream for.
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