BLM RI to Sen. Whitehouse: disassociate from the beach club or quit
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The head of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island weighed in on Senator Whitehouse Bailey’s beach controversy on Wednesday.
He told ABC6 the senator and his family had to either sever ties with the exclusive beach club within days or resign.
“It will be really, really, really amazing to see what we’re going to say and what we’re going to do,” said Brother Gary Dantzler, executive director of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island.
Senator Whitehouse issued a statement just hours before ABC6’s interview with Elder Dantzler, defending his association with the predominantly white beach club of Newport, stating in part: “There have been calls for me to resign from the club, as I understand it. However, I have no membership to quit, nor will I ask my wife or any other family member to do so. “
Whitehouse goes on to say that he and his family are trying to make changes to the exclusive clubs they belong to in the state.
“There is a good chance that he will bring in, once again, middle class people of color who are unrelated to African Americans who are in poor, low-income communities who cannot speak for anyone.” , said Dantzler.
The Bailey’s Beach club also spoke out on Tuesday by releasing this statement telling in part to ProJo:
“For many years, club members and their families have included people of many racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds from around the world who come to Newport every summer. “
Dantzler told ABC 6 he is not buying it and is waiting for Whitehouse to take action.
“I think he has the opportunity to show his true colors and what he’s made of,” said Dantzler.
The Bailey’s Beach club made this statement to ProJo about the diversity within the club, but also said information about its members was private.