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Oakland Black Man Can’t Even BBQ Without White Woman Calling The Police

Oakland Black Man Can’t Even BBQ Without White Woman Calling The Police

Apparently, it is getting harder and harder for black people to do much of anything—go to Starbucks, check out of Airbnb—without the police being called in.

Seemingly the news has shifted quietly from documenting the deaths of unarmed black-and-brown Americans to news of white people being “uncomfortable” with the black-and-brown presence within establishments and just living life. In the past two months, we have read about black men being arrested for “waiting while black” within a Philadelphia Starbucks, three black women (one whom is the granddaughter of the late Bob Marley being accosted by police for checking out of an Airbnb and not waving to the white neighbor across the street, and one black woman assailed by police for just taking a nap.

READ: Black Yale Student Reported To Police For Napping In Common Room

That’s not to mention the kerfuffles that have taken place at multiple Waffle Houses across the country, the people who are assumed to be criminalistic inside shopping malls, and countless other infractions.

Are we in the 1940s, America? I thought we were post-racial? Guess all that hope and change was for naught as it has become clearer and clearer that to be black in America is to be unable to do anything without the police being called. Take the case of this white woman in Oakland (seen in the video above) calling the cops on a black family who was barbecuing in an Oakland lakeside park. Adamant that they were in the wrong area, had the wrong grill, and, albeit unmentioned, the wrong skin color — videographer Michelle Snider confronted the woman who believed that the charcoal the black family was using would “cost extra money from the city to do things when children get injured because of improperly disposed [of] coals.”

This woman acts as if this black family received these coals as part of the Iran Nuclear deal or something.

READ: Bob Marley’s Granddaughter To Sue California Police After Airbnb Incident

Kenzie Smith, Snider’s husband, claims he was setting up his grill to BBQ like he has many times before when the woman came up to them and began to harass them. “She said that we were trespassing, we were not welcome, and then she turned back around and said, ‘y’all going to jail,’” Smith said. Oakland City council member Lynette Gibson McElhaney pointed out that despite being in the incorrect spot for a charcoal grill, the police should have never been called for a situation such as this. “I think it is really incumbent on all of us that when we call the police, it is for emergency purposes,” McElhaney said.

Oakland police arrived to take statements from both parties, who each claimed they were being harassed by the other. The unnamed woman also reportedly cried once she left the park to meet the officers close by. A police report was filed, but no arrests were made and nobody was given a citation.

READ: Police Justify Use Of Force On Black Woman At Waffle House 

And although the video went viral, coupled with the other incidents mentioned happening around the country — the coolest part about this was how the black-and-brown residents of Oakland responded to the incident, which you can see for yourself below.



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