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*Now is that any way to initiate peace talks? Recently, in an attempt to piggy-pack (no pun intended) on the successful and peaceful outcome of a BBQ held in Kansas between police officers and members of the Black Lives Matter movement there, officers from the Oakland, CA Police Department extended a so-called olive branch in the form of an invitation to a cookout to the local BLM membership.

To say the invitation was not accepted puts it mildly.

Now, I would be remiss not to mention how deeply I relate to the pain behind this lack of enthusiasm. Afterall, I, too, am beyond sick and tired of seeing my people slaughtered. Rage is a difficult emotion to conquer, and Black folks are feeling a LOT of it towards the men in blue…and for good reason.

But we’ve got to turn this sh*t around folks. And we have got to start somewhere.

So why not at a BBQ?

But Karissa Lewis, a Black Lives Matter advocate, is not impressed with the gesture and made it known when she spoke with KTVU‘s Henry Lee.

“Barbecue’s aren’t going to stop the brutality that black folks are facing. A barbecue is definitely not going to stop this blockade,” said Lewis. “And as a radical-black farmer from East Oakland— I eat pigs, I don’t eat with them.”

Damn.

Fortunately for hope, not everyone shares Lewis’ POV.

Read more at EURThisNthat.