The Rhode Island chapter of Black Lives Matter is “ashamed” of Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse after he defended his membership to an alleged all-white beach club in his home state.
Gary Dantzler, executive director of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island, called for an end to the “good ole boy mentality” and urged people to hold elected officials accountable on calling out racism.
“I am ashamed of Senator Whitehouse and his affiliation with this racist club,” Dantzler said. “Him coming out and speaking about ending systemic racism while belonging to a ‘whites only’ private club is hypocrisy as it worst.”
RHODE ISLAND SENATOR DEFENDS MEMBERSHIP TO ALL-WHITE CLUB, CITES ‘TRADITION’
Whitehouse defended his membership to Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport by calling all-white clubs in his state “a long tradition” but pushed back on the idea that the clubs exclude minorities.
“I think the people who are running the place are still working on that, and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet,” Whitehouse said.
Whitehouse and his wife have reportedly been members of the exclusive club for decades, and his wife, Sandra Thornton Whitehouse, is one of the largest shareholders of the club.
The senator has been vocal about the problems related to systemic racism and has advocated for policies to advance racial and social justice in the past year.
Whitehouse held a moment of silence in June 2020 to honor the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, who all died in 2020. Floyd and Taylor died in police custody, while Arbery was fatally shot after being chased down by a pickup truck while jogging in Georgia.
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“We hear the voices of the peaceful protesters who have marched,” Whitehouse said in June 2020. “We can and must do better to root out systemic racism in its many forms and meet America’s full promise of justice for all.”
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