Possible protests against Sen. Whitehouse coming, founding member of BLM R.I. says

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A well-known founding member of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island has a message for the state’s junior senator—cut all ties with Bailey’s Beach club or resign.

Mark Fisher, a founding member of BLM R.I., who recently stepped down from his position as an executive member in the organization, echoed the calls from current BLM R.I. Executive Director Gary Dantzler for Sen. Whitehouse to either cut all ties from Bailey’s or resign.

“This is an issue that’s not going to go away and Senator Whitehouse needs to address it, he needs to take it on,” Mark Fisher, a founding member of BLM R.I., said.

Fisher says he’s giving Whitehouse until next Friday to put out a statement disavowing Bailey’s Beach club, and announce his family has left the secretive club that has accusations against it of excluding minorities.

“If he thinks we’re just going to forget about it, if he thinks that it’s going to get swept under the rug; it’s not,” Fisher said.

 Fisher says if he doesn’t get that statement from Senator Whitehouse by next Friday, he and other members of BLM will start protesting.

“We’ll go to his club, we’ll go to his office, we’ll go to his home,” Fisher said, “wherever we need to go.”

 Fisher says he’s putting the senator on notice through his interview with ABC6. This message coming more than a month after he put out a statement saying his family won’t leave the club, and they would work to make changes to be more inclusive.
“It doesn’t matter, you know what type of black people he brings in. This club is a proven racist club with exclusive ties to supremacy and exclusion, and that’s something that’s not going to be tolerated by me, by my associates, my affiliates or my organization,” Fisher said.

 ABC6 reached out to a spokesperson for Senator Whitehouse for reaction, but didn’t hear back by the time this article was posted.

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