A New York City chapter of the “Black Lives Matter” movement hosted an “exclusively black” Memorial Day party on Saturday.
Called “The People’s Turn-up,” an “unapologetically black” party, the event’s Facebook page boasted that the festivities were only for those who identified as black.
“Clear your calendar,” the invite read. “It’s a lituation! You’re invited to take part in the UNAPOLOGETICALLY Black festivities. Bring yourself, bring Bae (or come find Bae), whatever you like. We got you. We got us.”
The hashtag #BlacksOnlySpace was used in promotion of the event.
A note on the event’s discussion board made it quite clear that it was a blacks-only party, and read:
“When we say ‘The People’ we mean Black People. Being intentional around being around Black People is an act of resistance. This is an exclusively Black Space. So if you do not identify as Black and want to come because you love Black People, please respect the space and do not come.”
A commenter on the event’s Facebook page thread vaguely asked, “I’m curious though…is there a plan on how to deal with those (or other) things should they occur?”
One of the event’s moderators responded that security would be in place and rules would be enforced.
“We have security in the space, along w/ vibe checkers,” the moderator wrote. “If these things occur folks can find one of those persons/or see myself, Jewel, or Al as we are lead coordinators.
“It will not be tolerated & if this happens individuals can be asked to leave.”