'BBQ'N While Black' Rallies Continue After Racially-Charged Lake Merritt Confrontation

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Rallies near Oakland's Lake Merritt continued this week, after a white woman called the police last month to report an African-American family using a charcoal grill where only propane grills are allowed. The rallies come as a series of racially-charged police calls have made national headlines, including a white Yale student who called campus police last week to complain about a black student who had fallen asleep in their dorm's common area. We'll discuss the Lake Merritt incident and dissect the race and power dynamics that emerge when a white person calls the police on people of color.

Even in Oakland, Calling the Cops on Black People Just Living Their Lives


Nikki Jones, associate professor in the department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley

Otis R. Taylor, East Bay columnist