Oakland Residents Electric Slide All Over The Park Where A White Lady Called Cops On Black Men Barbecuing
They also brought out the grills, lawn chairs and the good vibes.
May 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm
Black Oakland residents showed up, showed out and threw down at the same location a white woman called the police on two black men barbecuing.
Scores of black people gathered at Lake Merritt Park to protest the gentrification of their community through dance, barbecuing, and jump roping on Thursday.
Video of a white woman calling the police on two black men grilling on May 6 went viral adding to a slew of incidents where white people have called the cops on black people for mundane things.
Michelle Snider and her husband were at the park grilling alongside the two black men when they noticed a woman harassing their fellow parkgoers. So, she decided to intervene and capture footage of the irate woman who claimed the men were barbecuing in a non-charcoal area.
"This is exactly what is the problem with Oakland today. This lady wants to sit here and call the police on them for having a barbecue at the lake as if this is not normal," said Snider.
How Oakland says fuck gentrification 😂 pic.twitter.com/VO6gAQo3LN— Philip Bank$🌴 (@PhilDeezNuts) May 11, 2018
It was going down y’all! Lake Merritt, Oakland California. pic.twitter.com/6VLJJp36Ot— Brotha B (@BlakeDontCrack) May 11, 2018
The unidentified woman in the now-viral video can be heard telling Snider and the men that "It is illegal to have a charcoal grill in the park here." Blavity reported that the woman used racial epithets when speaking to the men while also threatening them with jail time.
Snider was quick to question the woman's racial bias toward the men.
“Are you sure it’s not because you don’t want black people out here?” she asked.
The woman began to sob and cry as Snider kept up the pressure. Snider continued to confront the woman, she insisted this was not about the men's race rather the fact the two men were breaking the rules.
Park maps show that there are six designated barbecue locations -- three for charcoal and three for non-charcoal grilling.
Once police arrived at the scene, officers confirmed that the Sniders and the two men were grilling in a non-charcoal grilling spot but their actions were inconsequential.
"I have seen people barbecue with charcoal for years," noted Kenzie Smith, Snider's husband.
Police issued no citations and everyone was allowed to continue enjoying their day.