A white woman now infamously known as BBQ Becky called 911 on a three black people barbequing on a charcoal grill at Lake Merritt in April. This woman spent several hours with this racist harassment, caught on video by one of the people involved in the barbeque and then posted to social media, becoming part of a string of incidents in which white people call the police criminalizing black people doing everyday things.
In response to this racist aggression, part of the lethal intense current tech driven gentrification, the Oakland African American community vigorously and militantly protested in force on May 20th by calling for a big enthusiastic charcoalling BBQ at the lake. Hundreds of people attended including Angela Davis.
One of the co-organizers of the event Jhamel Robinson said, “It’s not that we are taking our city back, but that we aren’t going anywhere. Even though we are being gentrified out, we’re still here.”