Black Lives Matter’s List ‘Requesting’ White People Give Away Their Homes, Money, And More
Chanelle Helm Says She’s Received Death Threats Over Her List
The co-founder and core organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville released a wish list that included asking white people to get their bosses fired and that they should give their homes and money away to black and brown people.
Chanelle Helm is co-founder and core organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville and wrote her list of “10 requests” on Aug. 16 in the Leo Weekly in response to the Aug. 12 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally.
Helm wrote that white people who don’t have descendants should put in their will that their property goes to a black or brown family.
She added that if white people inherit property then they should instead give it to black or brown family. The author wrote the white people won’t miss the income. “You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way,” she wrote in the column.
Helm stated that white developers or landlords should build a sustainable housing complex and let black and brown people live in it for free.
She added that white people should give their home to a black or brown family. Helm added that white people should do monthly budgets so they can donate money to black people to buy land.
White people – specifically white people – should get their boss fired, she wrote, “cause they racist, too.”
The “fact-check” website Snopes defended Helm’s list. Snopes’ writer Bethania Palma stated that, “Conservative web sites picked out a partial quote from her list, (‘Give up the home you own’) and put it in headlines mischaracterizing it as a set of demands, like this one from Breitbart: “Black Lives Matter Activist Unveils List of Demands to White People: ‘Give Up the Home You Own.’”
However, the fourth request Helm made in her own op-ed states: “4. 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.”
The Louisville Courier-Journal was also sympathetic to Helm. The daily Louisville newspaper wrote: “Helm, a co-founder and core organizer of Black Lives Matter-Louisville, goes on to make suggestions about restorative justice and reparations” and then listed a few of her “requests.”
The newspaper said Helm received death threats over her requests.
“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,” Helm said.