‘Black Brunch’ Protestors Disrupt White People’s Boozy Sunday Meals

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January 5, 2015 10:37 a.m.
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Diners at several popular restaurants in New York City and Oakland got a surprise serving of social justice with their eggs and toast on Sunday morning.

Protesters filed into the eateries during busy brunch hours to recite the names of black people killed by police. About three dozen people participated in the peaceful so-called “#BlackBrunch” protests in New York, according to Yahoo News. Another three dozen demonstrated in Oakland, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Restaurant management and customers had mixed reactions to the breakfast interruptions in both cities.

Protesters were asked to leave at at least one New York restaurant, Resto, according to an Instagram video:

RIGHT NOW #NoBusinessAsUsual #blacklivesmatter #BlackBrunchnyc #blackbrunch VIDEO

A video posted by Yari Osorio (@yari_noborders) on

Management at Oakland’s Bocanova and Lungamore were not pleased by the disruptions either, according to the Los Angeles Times. Yet the newspaper reported that more than a dozen customers at Bocanova stood up from their tables in solidarity with the protesters.

The Times reported that “#BlackBrunch,” which it described as “a tactic, not an organization,” began back in early December after a grand jury decided not to indict a white New York City Police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, who was black. Wazi Maret Davis told the newspaper that he and a group of protesters were inspired to start “#BlackBrunch” by civil rights-era displays of civil disobedience, like lunch counter sit-ins.

Here is a sampling of images from Sunday’s demonstrations:

The protests were also mocked and criticized by other social media users:

Update: Fox Business News host Charles Payne has acknowledged that he shared an incorrect photo of the “#blackbrunch” protests and is expected to address the tweet Monday on his show “Making Money.”

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