#BlackBrunchNYC protests disrupt ‘white’ N.Y. breakfast spots
Since an unarmed black teenager was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, demonstrators have flooded America’s streets to bring the nation’s attention to what they say is an epidemic of police brutality…
More than 30 demonstrators staged events at restaurants such as Lallisse, Maialino and Pershing Square, Yahoo reported. The protesters, most dressed in black, read the names of African Americans killed by police punctuated with chants of “ashe,” a word from the Yoruba language of West Africa comparable to “amen.” Timed by participants, the ritual takes four-and-a-half minutes — since Michael Brown’s body was left on the street for four-and-a-half hours in Ferguson….
“People who have money and privilege have the leisure to brunch,” Carrie Leilam Love, media liaison for the group Black Brunch NYC, told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “Other people don’t.”
Love said the first black brunch was held in Oakland in December. Some met with an unexpected political action while dining are supportive — others object to what they call an inconvenience. But Love said they need to pay attention.
“It is an inconvenience to us to be shot in the street,” she said. “… We respectfully demand that people demand that people take five minutes of their time to look at what life is like for us every day.”…
— Sharmin Ultra (@sharminultraa) January 4, 2015
People who are willing to pay $14 for a “Cream of Wheat & Grape Compote” presumably understand the metrics of performance art, so it’s probably a better choice than the local IHOP. (And there don’t seem to be any Cracker Barrels within public-transport range…)