In a seemingly new approach to demonstrating, protesters in New York interrupted patrons at various restaurants on Sunday to declare injustice in America and call attention to problematic policing tactics.
The event was part of a movement dubbed #BlackBrunch in which protesters purposely selected eateries across the city, or places they referred to as "white spaces," to voice their outrage over police violence against Blacks.
On Sunday, about three dozen demonstrators marched into restaurants and briefly interrupted mid-day meals as they read aloud the names of African Americans killed by police, Yahoo reports.
“There is a war on Black people in America that cannot be ignored and the Black Brunch tactic is one that is committed to interrupting ‘business as usual’ until the war against us has ended,” reads a statement written by #BlackBrunch organizers.
“Young Black leaders organized Black Brunch in response to the historic violence and unjust crimes committed against Black people in America,” the statement continues.
Some of the protests were held at popular New York City eateries including The Barking Dog, Lallisse, Maialino and Pershing Square. Meanwhile, across the country, similar protests also took place in restaurants in Oakland, California.
“We march, chant and sing together as we claim space in areas that are predominantly non-Black,” organizers wrote.
Organizers said this spin on sit-in style protests is a resistance tactic that was created by organizers in Oakland last year.
Many applauded the protests on Twitter while others weren’t too pleased with the momentary demonstration. Instead, some patrons saw the interruption as an inconvenience and subsequently expressed their frustration on social media.
11. "protest isn't supposed to be appropriate." In response to Reply # 4
the disruption is part of the point.
if ppl want the disruption to stop they're supposed to call their legislative rep/governor/prosecutor/et al and demand action on the issues raised by the protest. sure, at first the ppl are likely to be mad at the protestors and ignore the issue. that's why the protest continues until the ppl finally relent and demand action from __.
7. "Who says all of those folks are liberal?" In response to Reply # 6 Mon Jan-05-15 04:13 PM by Starbaby Jones
After having lived in Plano, I can tell you plenty of conservative Bush-loving white folks shop at Whole Foods and brunch. Even if they are liberal, do you not think liberal white folks ignore the injustices black people face on a regular? It's a good look, because one of the main points of protesting is to put an issue in people's faces to pay attention. So, anything that brings recognition is a good look. Protest isn't supposed to be comfortable or compartmentalized. What good does it do to keep the protesting limited to black neighborhood?
12. "the liberal white brunchers should be so upset about" In response to Reply # 6 Mon Jan-05-15 04:48 PM by SoWhat
police brutality that they get on the horn to ___ and demand action. and/or they are shamed into participating in protest themselves b/c they're lefty-leaning liberals who don't want to be on the wrong side of history - like the ppl who are more upset that their brunch was disturbed than they are about innocent ppl being killed in the street like dogs by police who are sworn to protect them.