After Protest, #BlackBrunchNYC Hashtag Blows Up: What Does It Say About Racism?

After a protest was carried out in diners and restaurants, #BlackBrunchNYC has trended on Twitter. There are some tweets from attendees, but most of the tweets are responses from those who oppose the movement. A few tweets express annoyance at lunch being disrupted, but more center around racially charged jokes about food stamps, job applications, and iPhones.

Here’s a sampling, beginning with the organizers, then moving onto responses.

First stop on #BlackBrunch was a success. A few folks stood up during their meals for #BlackLivesMatter

— Whose Streets? (@CaliLov3_) January 4, 2015

#blackbrunchnyc at Penelope. Some stood, some grabbed arms and screamed in our faces. We know which side you're on.

— Reuben Telushkin (@telushk) January 4, 2015

Protesters are taking pictures with their iPhones while complaining about "privilege". Liberal logic. #BlackBrunchNYC

— Kenzie Freed (@raisedwrong) January 4, 2015

It’s clear that the intent behind #BlackBrunchNYC was much the same as protests throughout time: to disrupt “business as usual” and make sure the people hear the message. It’s also clear that the protest was successful in being disruptive, and apparently successfully heard, so much so that many of the very people they were trying to reach are talking about it.

The real question, though, after the end of the protest, is what the messages attached to the #BlackBrunchNYC hashtag say about where racial relations stand in America in 2015.

[Photo: BlackBrunchNYC Twitter]