Oakland’s Response to #GrillingWhileBlack: Electric Slide

11 min
Hundreds of black Oaklanders and their supporters came to "BBQ'n While Black" at Lake Merritt on May 20 following a white woman's racially charged police complaint.  (Kevin Allen)

Oakland’s Lake Merritt is supposed to be a public space for everyone. But it doesn't feel that way when white residents complain about the way black residents use the park. So how did people respond when a white woman recently called the cops on two black men grilling? They threw a party at the lake.

Guest: Sandhya Dirks, KQED race and equity reporter

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