Black Oaklanders Rally Around Racially Charged BBQ Incident That Became a Viral Video – Mother Jones


A screenshot of the viral video of the now infamous April 29 incident in which a white woman called the police on two black men barbecuing on a lake in Oakland, California.Michelle Dione/YouTube

Dozens of black Oaklanders showed up at a city council meeting last night to vent their frustration about an April incident—captured in a viral video—wherein a white woman called police on a group of black folks grilling with charcoal at a lakeside spot designated for gas grills only.  

The episode—one of a string of similarly problematic encounters that have made national headlines over the past month—has become a new rallying point for locals who feel profiled by police, store clerks, or…

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