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Residents of Oakland, California, have thrown a huge lake side party in the location that a white woman called the police on a black family simply because they were having a barbecue.
On April 29, a black family were setting up by the lake when the unidentified white woman approached them and called the police because they were using a charcoal grill in a 'none-charcoal grill' area.
A witness posted a video of the altercation on Twitter and YouTube, and it subsequently went viral.
So today I’m at Lake Merritt and minding my Black ass business. As I finish my jog (Let’s be real, fast walk) I not… https://t.co/3Tl34ggQVd — AJ Williams✊🏾👩🏾💻 (@AJ Williams✊🏾👩🏾💻)
Turns out, she is harassing him about bbq’ing on the lake....where everyone bbqs. https://t.co/GooQfDcJ1j — AJ Williams✊🏾👩🏾💻 (@AJ Williams✊🏾👩🏾💻)
In direct response to the incident, Oakland residents staged a huge party and grill in the exact same location at Lake Merritt Park.
One resident, Michael Swanson Jr posted a video of the party to Facebook, with the caption: 'This is how we feel about mad a-- Oakland gentrifiers:
In the video, people can be seen doing the Electric Slide to the classic 'Before I let Go', by Frankie Beverly And Maze, and enjoying grilled meats.
Other people posted footage on Twitter, proving that the party went on all night:
How Black Oakland responds to a white lady calling the cops on Black folks BBQing... https://t.co/kRdJpnmXQ2 — Abbas (@Abbas)
It was going down y’all! Lake Merritt, Oakland California. https://t.co/6VLJJp36Ot — Abbas (@Abbas)
Many have shared the sentiment that they hope the party will continue all summer!
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