Oakland Police Department invited the local Black Lives Matter followers to a barbeque cookout, as a way of starting constructive communication between the two groups, but the BLM spokesperson was having none of it, saying she eats pigs – she doesn’t eat WITH pigs.
So much for constructive communication.
After seeing the success of the barbeque cookout hosted by the Wichita, Kansas police department, Oakland Police Department decided it might be a great way to start dialogue with Black Lives Matter activists in their city as well. Oakland has been the victim of massive BLM demonstrations and riots.
“A BBQ is definitely not going to stop this blockade,” Karissa Lewis, a self-described “radical black farmer from East Oakland,” told local news KTVU. “And as a radical-black farmer from East Oakland, I eat pigs, I don’t eat with them,” she said.
Black Lives Matter held a demonstration Wednesday at the Oakland Police Department’s headquarters, where activists locked and chained themselves to the doors of the building and stayed there all day, demanding that Oakland police department be defunded.
Now it looks like Oakland may get their barbeque after all, because Lewis’ comments created quite a backlash among local residents, who agreed that the barbeque wouldn’t heal everything, but it would be a good start.
OPD spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the department has received a lot of support since Lewis made her “pig” comment, through social media, phone calls and on the street. A date for the event is still pending.
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