Chanelle Helm is a cofounder and lead organizer for the Black Lives Matter chapter in Louisville, Kentucky. She has some very specific ideas for white people and made a list of 10 requests that were published at Leo Weekly.
Helm said she has been thinking about what should change in America and the voice inside her head sounded like “that Southern, black grandmama voice.” Her list could be summed up by this: Dear white people, you should give away your home and/or property to a black or brown family in need. She even goes as far as to say whites need to reprioritize their monthly budgets to include donations to blacks so they can purchase land.
Here are the first six:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
5. 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.
6. White people, re-budget your monthly so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.
The last four dsecend into profanity and racism, not to mention illiteracy. This is also the point at which all hope for taking this even remotely seriously goes out the window. Helm thinks nosy white women should get their racist coworkers and bosses fired and if need be, use physical violence to fight white supremacy:
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
#RunUsOurLand #Reparations #YouGonLearnToday #RunUsOurMoney
If TruthRevolt readers are feeling charitable to Helm’s cause, she included her PayPal account, which also is her e-mail address: [email protected]. Perhaps you could drop her a line and tell her exactly how much you plan on donating.