A massive crowd of people gathered in Oakland, California on Sunday (May 20) for ‘BBQing While Black,” an event held at the same park where a white woman called the police on a black family during a cookout.
Large numbers of Oaklanders showed up with free food, provided by local vendors like Kid Creole SoulFood, Jack London Square’s Everett and Jones BBQ.
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— Ethan Guy (@oakland_guy) May 21, 2018
Since the 911 call on Apil 29, video of the incident has gone viral sparking memes imagine the caller dialing 911 on historical figures like Rosa Parks. The incident has been compared to a recent incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks in which an employee called the police on two African American patrons for being in the store.
The ‘BBQing While Black’ event was organized by Logan Cortez and Jhamel Robinson. They reportedly spent $700 on city permits and coordinated with city officials like the fire department.