How We Protest Now: Flagpole Sittin’

12/15/2014, Ratter SF

Cat Brooks, a black resident of Oakland who participated in the protest said she appreciated the white protesters’ efforts.

“The people that are less likely to have the crap beat out of them or be killed for climbing up the flagpole outside OPD are the ones that climbed up the flag pole at OPD,” Brooks said. “If that was a black man, they probably would have shot him down. As opposed to, they’re being very nice.

“They’re going door to door and very gently cutting people out,” Brooks added. “Just imagine how much more turned up this would be had it been all black folks. It’s a lot easier for white folks to get arrested. Their families have money for bail.”