We are a group of Dimond neighbors who meet to address ways for our community to avoid racial profiling in our crime prevention efforts. We meet to discuss, educate and challenge ourselves and each other about the unconscious bias and assumptions about race, combined with fear of crime, which is making our neighborhood feel intolerable to the people of color who live, work and visit here.
This presentation uses a combination of storytelling, data, and definitions of racial profiling, implicit bias, and systemic racism to discuss potential and real impacts on people of color living in our communities.
Presenters use real examples from Nextdoor and personal experiences to describe racial profiling and how neighbors can work to avoid profiling people of color when reporting crime.
There are two presenters - one person of color and one white person.
Presentation length - 40 minutes
Adams Point Neighborhood Group, Beat 14 X
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:15 - 7:55 pm
525 Bellevue Ave, Terrace Room, Fourth Floor
Oakland, CA 94610 Map
In light of this recent Oakland incident — a white woman calling the police to report a Black family barbecuing at Lake Merritt, after telling the family that they would be going to jail — we would like to acknowledge the harm and frustration it caused as well as publicly pledge our intent to work tirelessly and without end to prevent further incidents of white fear/privilege having a harmful impact on Black and other Peoples of Color in Oakland. We call for accountability for the folks that cause this harm in the name of feeling uncomfortable with the presence of Black and other Peoples of Color.
In Oakland, the BBQ incident takes its place as part of the way that gentrification is making room for some people while squeezing out others. As a whiter population moves to the Lake Merritt and other Oakland neighborhoods, People of Color are even more in danger of being profiled, harrassed, and put in harm’s way by fearful white folks. This continues in part because white people have historically not been held accountable for the harm they cause. Witness the many recent examples at Starbucks, in a Yale dorm, in Nordstrom Rack, while moving into a new apartment, while an Airbnb guest, and on a college tour, to name a few. And let us not forget the incident a few years back of the Lake Merritt drummers, longstanding Oakland music makers who were cited with a noise complaint.
These calls to police are made because white people believe they have the right to determine who gets to be in "their" space, and what behavior is appropriate. We are taught to fear each other and we must ask ourselves, "Who benefits from this fear? Who benefits from the assumptions that whiteness belongs and blackness does not? And who is being harmed?"
We are glad the public is becoming more aware of these types of injustices, and we align ourselves with the efforts to move beyond awareness into useful action. Why should these incidents be allowed to continue without any consequences for the perpetrators? What kind of consequences would make a difference for those who are harassed? As long as police come to the aid of white people who report People of Color for doing everyday activities, we are continuing to fund a system of inequity, as if it had no human or moral cost.
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