Martin Luther King, Jr. spins in his grave while these morons dishonor his memory.
About 150 people marched through Oakland on Sunday evening, capping a weekend of Bay Area demonstrations aimed at highlighting injustices against African Americans.
The demonstration, which began around 7 p.m. at 14th Street and Broadway, was one of several events around the Bay Area timed to coincide with theMartin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.
There was a large police presence as the crowd marched north on Broadway and Telegraph. The crowd then circled back into the downtown area.
By 9 p.m., the crowd dwindled to about 15 to 20 people, marching south around Lake Merritt and onto International Boulevard. Police issued a crowd dispersal order, then started to arrest people for obstructing International. It was unclear how many were arrested Sunday night.
A small knot of demonstrators continued marching east on International well into the night. As of 9:30 p.m., however, there had been none of the violence or vandalism that marred recent other demonstrations in the East Bay. Around 10 p.m., Fruitvale BART Station was closed due to a civil disturbance, said the transit agency.
The march was at times tense. Some marchers repeatedly taunted the police, in some cases yelling within inches of officers’ faces, “You ain’t s—! You mother—s think you’re helping, but you’re killing our kids.”
Two marchers carried a banner proclaiming, “Gentrification is violence.”
You’re pretty much rendered irrelevant when you’re stupid enough to claim “gentrification is violence.” How absurd. Know who else was a target of these drooling idiots? Wal Mart, of course.
Organizers chose Walmart as a backdrop for Sunday’s action to call attention to the Aug. 5 death of 22-year-old John Crawford, who was shot by police in an Ohio Walmart while he held an air rifle he had taken off a store shelf.
“Not only is Walmart the site of the killing of an unarmed black man, but it’s also a site of perpetual economic violence,” said 23-year-old Lucas Solorzano, who led the crowd in a series of chants before the group staged a “die-in” in the parking lot.
Protesters called out Walmart for what they see as meager pay for employees, and the blocking of workers from unionizing.
“Poverty is violence,” Solorzano said to the crowd. “Let’s take Dr. Martin Luther King’s call for justice seriously. Let’s organize. Let’s shut it down.”
Later Sunday afternoon, demonstrators, many of them families with children, marched in Emeryville and vowed to shut down “business as usual” at the Bay Street mall. Others staged a moment of silence in a Whole Foods in Berkeley.
You just can’t take these morons seriously.