In the wake of the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, over a Confederate monument, an organizer for the Louisville chapter of Black Lives Matter penned an article last week laying out 10 “requests” for “white people.”
Chanelle Helm got off to a rousing start in her piece for Leo Weekly by telling white people with no descendants to “will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.”
Not one to leave a stone unturned, Helm added that whites who inherit property they intend to sell should instead “give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.”
She’s building her fan base fast. Can you feel it?
It gets better. Helm said white people who can afford to downsize should “give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.”
Then she got specific with white people’s wills, saying that “if any of the people you intend to leave your property to are racists [sic] a**holes, change the will, and will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.”
Yes, there’s more. She also encouraged white people, “especially white women (because this is yaw specialty — Nosey Jenny and Meddling Kathy)” to “get a racist fired … You are complicit when you ignore them. Get your boss fired cause they [sic] racist too.”
Helm presumably penned her piece just after the events in Charlottesville, as she suggests to her white fans that “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.”
She ends her piece with a series of hashtags: #RunUsOurLand #Reparations #YouGonLearnToday #RunUsOurMoney.
Helm’s piece drew a ton of comments. At least one individual wondered if she was being satirical. But most folks unsurprisingly weren’t exactly giving Helm a standing ovation.
“As a ‘white’ woman who has always stood up to racism and taught my children to as well, I find the slamming of all white people in this article as bad as anyone who stereotypically labels anyone,” one commenter wrote. “This idea that’s ‘this was done to us and now it’s your turn’ does not make it justified or OK. It’s never OK, never.”