Americans protesting fatal police encounters with black men took to a new location yesterday to shine light on the issue: New York City brunch spots.
Using the hashtags #BlackBrunchNYC and #BlackLivesMatter, protesters targeted midtown restaurants, which they called “white spaces.”
— Sharmin Ultra (@sharminultraa) January 4, 2015
Reaction to the unconventional demonstration locations was divided.
Some Twitter users rallied around the cause, mobilizing others to participate in the peaceful protests.
Which side are you on NYC? #blackbrunchnyc is demanding you stand up for Black lives. We outchea interrupting your Sunday brunch. A video posted by Sharmin Hossain (@sharminultra) on
— Camila ibanez (@QuePasaApaza) January 4, 2015
— halle-erbyhallelujah (@misterkeelay) January 4, 2015
Others mocked the idea that interrupting a Sunday brunch would make a significant difference.
Give it to #blackbrunchnyc, they’re hitting the complacent bourgeoise right where it hurts
— J. Arthur Bloom (@j_arthur_bloom) January 4, 2015
The demonstrations promoted the idea that brunching is a “white” activity and followed the narrative of “white privilege” — the idea that whites, especially white men, continue to have an advantage over other races and ethnicities.
— DAS RACIST (@dasracist) January 4, 2015
Inside targeted restaurants, about 30 protesters sang and read the names of blacks killed by police, including Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner, 43, in New York.
@blackbrunchnyc first stop Maialino. ??? #blackbrunchNYC #BLACKLIVESMATTER #blackandbreathing A video posted by Dyani Douze (@dyanidouze) on
Some Twitter users were quick to point out that many of the Sunday brunchers probably were liberals who support the #BlackLivesMatter cause.
What I like most about #blackbrunchnyc interrupting the Sunday brunch of Manhattan libs is that most of those crackers voted for deBlasio!
— NYC Infidel (@NYC_Infidel) January 4, 2015
Liberals protesting liberals. Not really sure what #blackbrunchnyc is trying to accomplish.
— Matt Dawson (@SaintRPh) January 4, 2015
Others mocked the idea behind #BlackBrunchNYC, using sarcasm to poke fun at the demonstrators.
"What did you do in the race war grandpa?" "I made some white folk uncomfortable at brunch." #blackbrunchnyc
— Brandt (@UrbanAchievr) January 4, 2015
— Jeremy Heath (@JeremyLHeath) January 5, 2015
— Rico227 (@Rico227) January 5, 2015
I tired this #blackbrunchnyc thing today, so I walk over to my employees and sat down on their laps, as they tried to enjoy their lunch.
— SHANIE BOY™ (@Shane_Rodenbeck) January 5, 2015
#BlackBrunchNYC This reminds me of the time Rosa Parks sent back her Mimosa.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) January 4, 2015
On a serious note, some social media users were upset over the timing of the protests coinciding with the funeral of Wenjian Lui, one of two NYPD officers shot dead in an ambush Dec. 20.
— Jenn Jacques (@JennJacques) January 4, 2015
Others were upset with another demonstration across the country, where protesters disrupted an award ceremony for a 100-year-old World War II veteran in Portland, Ore., by shouting — in a reference to Garner’s death — “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”
— Croatan Sound (@Croatansound) January 5, 2015