A white woman called police on black people barbecuing. This is how the community responded

(CNN) Hundreds danced to hip-hop and ’80s soul music Sunday and paid attention to local African-American candidates make their pitches. But this cookout in Oakland, California, wasn’t just any spring festival.

The event, dubbed “BBQing While Black, ” was one community’s powerful response to what many perceived as yet another example of everyday racism.
Everything started on April 29, whenever a white woman reportedly called police on a few black people who, she said, were using a charcoal grill in an area where it was barred, according to CNN affiliate KRON . Oakland police arrived; no one was arrested. But the 25-minute episode was captured on video, then posted to YouTube and viewed more than 2 million times.

🔥 #byebecky… #lakemerritt #bbqbecky #oakland #bbqwhileblack

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As word of the skirmish spread, it added fuel to the national conversation about white people calling the police on black people for seemingly trivial reasons, including waiting in Starbucks , working as a home inspector , shopping at Nordstrom Rack and sleeping within an Ivy League dorm common room .
“It was disgusting and infuriating. Also, very offensive, ” Jhamel Robinson, a graphic designer who helped organize the “BBQing While Black” event, told CNN. “But the video also inspired us to take action to show the togetherness inside our community. ”

With the help of his friend, Logan Cortez, Robinson made a flyer and sent it around to friends and relatives. The message also gained steam on social media, Robinson added.

I had the most beautiful time right in my city of Oakland California yesterday right in the same spot that ” BBQ Becky ” called the cops 🤣 it was one of the happiest days of my life! Thank you Oakanda for showing up and showing everyone how it is done! 🤗 🤗

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“All age groups arrived, from newborns all the way to elders. Former and current Oakland residents, people from the Bay Area and also someone who traveled from Los Angeles, ” Robinson said. “We had 30 street vendors, local businesses, six DJs playing hip-hop, R& B and ’80s soul music. There have been dance contests and local council candidates. ”
Prominent activist Angela Davis even came, he said. “”It was a day of love and unity. ”