This week, Black Lives Matter supporters in the Oakland, CA area were invited to a barbecue being held by police in order to ease relations between law enforcement and those in the African American community. Unfortunately, the invite didn't go as well as they had hoped.
At Wednesday’s divest from the police demonstration held at Oakland’s Police Union headquarters, where activists U-locked and chained themselves to the building’s doors, KTVU’s Henry Lee spoke with Karissa Lewis, a self-described “black-liberal farmer” and protester with Black Lives Matter. She was asked if she would accept the OPD’s offer.
Her answer: “Barbecue’s aren’t going to stop the brutality that black folks are facing. A barbecue is definitely not going to stop this blockade. And as a radical-black farmer from East Oakland— I eat pigs, I don’t eat with them.”
Oakland police said despite that response, their offer still stands.
If it wasn't clear before, it's clear now: It's not the police that has a problem with Black Lives Matter and the people they represent, it's Black Lives Matter that has a problem with the police.