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The Black Brunch Civil Rights Movement

Black Brunch is a grassroots protest movement that aims to heighten the awareness of police brutality. They target people who may be most unlikely to personally be affected by police brutality. That is, white people who can afford to eat out for brunch.

Black Brunch protests remind many of the sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement.

Disruption and Discomfort

Black Brunch uses disruption and discomfort to make their point. They gather in the restaurant where people are eating and begin calling off the names of those who have been killed by the police. After each name is called, the group choruses, ‘A shame!’

Does the Black Brunch method work?  It seems to make the professional commentators, who cover the Black Brunch story in the video below, a bit… uncomfortable.

Black Brunch Disrupts Gentrification

‘Black Brunch’ protests began in New York City this past weekend targeting white complicity in acts of bigotry and racism through police brutality. The sit-ins, inspired by the civil rights movement of the 1950s and the 1960s, were staged to disrupt business as usual in predominantly non-black neighborhoods and to honor the lives of African Americans killed by police in America, including Eric Garner and Michael Brown. We take a look at video of the demonstration, in this Lip News clip with Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel. ~ TheLipTV

Adding to the Conversation

What do you think? Do the Black Brunch disruption actions expand the conversation surrounding police brutality in a meaningful way? Are targeted brunchers likely to be offended? Or will they stand up and join the chorus?


Go to #blackbrunch at Twitter to follow the Black Brunch movement.


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

1 Comment

  1. larry d. rosalez

    they’re chanting “ashe” not “a shame” after each name.

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