A few months back, "Black Brunch" protests made headlines as groups walked into restaurants (i.e., "white spaces"), stood among diners and loudly read statistics and proclamations regarding black oppression — while video cameras rolled.
With few exceptions, staff and customers sat through the protests — though a number later posted on social media their displeasure with the whole thing.
On Sunday, Black Brunch protesters in Decatur, Georgia, geared up for more of the same.
But this time they apparently were met with a bit more resistance.
Staff at Sweet Melissa’s — voted Atlanta's Best Brunch in 2004 — were seen on video trying to get protesters to leave and threatening to call police. When a staffer touched one protester's shoulder, the protester was seen taking issue with that.
— Jim Chambers (@jccfergie) March 22, 2015
An activist tweeted that some Sweet Melissa’s patrons shoved and threatened protesters; one table apparently yelled, "Our breakfast matters."
One customer was videotaped sitting at a table and yelling back at protesters: "You're stirring up conflict!" and "Go home!"
"White liberals don't like to be reminded of their privilege," noted one Twitter user.
Even in the face of some resistance, activists declared victory.
#BlackBrunchATL was a success. Interrupting white spaces to raise white consciousness and expose internalized racism.— #AUCShutItDown (@AUCShutItDown) March 22, 2015
Here's a WGCL-TV report on the protests:
(H/T: The Gateway Pundit)
This story has been updated.
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