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Whites who gentrified Oakland are calling the police on innocent Black residents

photo credit: City of Oakland Facebook page

photo credit: City of Oakland Facebook page

East Oakland is one of the last locations in the Bay Area with reasonable prices for housing. The area, which is historically Black, is being gentrified by White residents. But like most cases of gentrification, the new White residents are viewing the existing Black residents as menaces to the neighborhood.

According to reports by East Bay Express, Whites are calling the police on innocent Blacks in Oakland at an alarming rate. Taking data from the website, Whites have called the police on Blacks for walking down the street, knocking on a door, and not picking up dog poop. The White residents have also called the police on Black salesmen and postal workers who were delivering items. White residents have also hired private officers to patrol the neighborhood.

Members of the Oakland Police Department have even shared that they are being forced to respond to baseless 911 calls. Police currently get over 700 calls per month on suspicious vehicles and people every month.

The response by White residents proves how racist attitudes are an essential part of the gentrification of Black neighborhoods. Along with the racial profiling, the gentrification has allowed some property owners to increase rent by as much as 120 percent due to a rise in value. It has forced some Black residents who can’t afford the increases to move.

The reverse of White flight is occurring across America. As a result, the racist biases will continue until there are legal repercussions for racial profiling by citizens.


  1. Bill Cosby on October 18, 2015 at 8:57 am

    What starts with N and is something you never want to call a black? Neighbor!

    • Massai on October 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      your mother should not have had you

      • bitchsuckn on October 19, 2015 at 6:38 am

        Oh lighten up ya little beech

    • John Lindsay on October 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      This dumbazz assumes everyone reading this article is White or non-Black.

  2. Justin Chau on October 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Mr. Shaw, I would just like to offer a suggestion for your future posts. The terms “Black” and “White” do not have to be capitalized. Nice article as a whole.

  3. Judith Petree on October 19, 2015 at 12:44 am

    they make me sick! They’re always complaining about something, the homeless, the noise the buses make, the people with dark skin. They don’t even know how to share a sidewalk, walking 4 abreast as if they expect others to jump out in the street to allow them access. They are the ones who won’t pick up their dog’s poop~I’ve seen them leave it on a sidewalk more than once. They don’t know how to act and need to go back to the burbs. The people they displace need to live near shopping and other services. It is not their kind of neighborhood because they are averse to the diverse. Go, leave, and don’t come back, you icky, entitled assholes.

    • Mr. A on May 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Oakland was all white 70 years ago. You drove them out. you icky entitled asshole.

      • Ms. on October 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

        Judith Petree is black? I read her comment and she never said she was black. In fact she never said what she was at all. I assumed she was an artist or something. Why are you telling her “Oakland was white 70 years ago. YOU drove them out”. How do you know she is not white? Nicca , just STFU. Shut your old azz up.

        • Mr. A on May 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm

          Because you’re a racist

      • Supa-D on November 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

        Oakland was never all white, so.

        • Mr. A on May 9, 2017 at 2:17 pm

          You lived there 100 years ago? Read your history

  4. Jeff Fong on October 19, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Property tax isn’t increasing (prop 13)

  5. Knave Murdok on October 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    When I say “San Francisco is a poisonous hellscape of a city” and people reply with “Oakland is nice tho” this headline flashes in my mind.

  6. Mememe on October 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    So segregation is preferred?

    • claritymuchneedednow on October 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      No, living in harmony is preferred and stop calling the police because you don’t feel comfortable living by African Americans. If you move into a neighborhood that was/is historically Black then move in and leave people alone.

      • Mr. A on May 22, 2016 at 5:44 pm

        I’ll call the police when I want. Stop committing crimes. Or go to jail and don’t collect $200.

        • Ms. on October 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

          I assume “Clarity” is a woman. How can a white MAN tell a black woman to stop committing crimes when you white men are out on the streets (with the other “men”) shooting the place up and running wild ? You are a man. Men committ more Crimes. Period. Get a life. Or go to jail. Or whatever it is you MEN do.

          • Mr. A on May 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

            Only a sexist pig thinks women don’t do crimes

      • Chad Chaplin on January 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm

        And I am sure none of the white folks that moved in were ever threatened, looked at funny, assaulted, called names, or anything else, right? Had they been mixed or mostly white neighborhoods and whites left, black folk would have complained about that….whites are racist and moving away from blacks. Now, whites are moving in and they are the bad people for who knows what you have made up in your head! I know one big complaint, stupid as it is, is that whites moving in raises the economic prospects of an area. Oh how terrible! Here is what I see as the big racial problem…blacks are far more racist than whites or anybody else. Blacks don’t want equality. They don’t want to rise up, they want to bring others down. Nothing is ever good enough. Society tries one thing and is denounced by blacks as racist for it. Then society does the opposite and is again called racist. If blacks would quit complaining about EVERYTHING and quit being so racist, yes disgustingly racist, and actually work for something, you might get somewhere. I have zero against individual black people, but black communities are a pit of depravity, laziness, racism, drugs, high school dropouts, crime, and anti anything not black. So many of these communities would rather spend all of their time and efforts trying to demonize others rather than holding themselves accountable for the pathetic state of their social institutions, their families, and their neighborhoods. When it comes to black communities and folks, the problem is never internal, there is always some demon holding you back. I suggest you look in the mirror to identify your demons. Until that happens, your communities and your complaints will be ignored, and rightly so. You can’t even take care of yourselves, your own families, and your own neighborhoods. Yet, you want everybody else to take you seriously? Show accountability, then we will talk.

    • msrose black on October 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      I would prefer it. Integration did not help black people.

      • Ms. on October 11, 2016 at 11:23 am

        I don’t want to live in a separate area surrounded by black men and I’m black myself. There is no way in hellll I’d agree to live in a place surrounded by a bunch of black men. No way. I can’t stress this enough. Bunch of savage males.

    • philly on March 21, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      your people (whites) have always lived segregated from us—so yes

    • Carla Denise on May 21, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      YES!!!!! But off this damn continent! The American empire includes 16 territories the world over off the shores of North America…something can be worked out. For real!

  7. Mechanica on October 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Yellow journalism at its finest. Just goes to show that any moron with a laptop can be a
    journalist these days. I’m willing to wager that at least 85% of these “journalists”
    have little more than a high school education and get paid in supplementary food

    • Ben Hill on October 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Facts are facts. Oakland police aren’t fabricating 700 calls for crimes that never happened

      • Mechanica on October 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

        Right, because I’m sure that’s the first thing 911 asks when taking an emergency call. “Please identify your racial background”. Wise up, this article is at best sensationalized and at worst fabricated. Did you ever stop to consider what it would require to verify the racial identity of all those supposed 700 calls? Do you honestly believe that this “reporter” performed his due diligence when reporting on this? Or do you think that he heard something from somebody and wrote an article around it. “Data from…”? Are you kidding me? This is a legitimate source? You’re right, facts are facts and these aint it.

        • sanfranguns on October 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

          Where is YOUR back up to these claims? At least this story uses data, interviews, and context to make its point. That’s more than can be said for you

          • gghang on October 24, 2015 at 12:05 am

            What are you talking about they’re right there are no sources. I don’t know where this writer got their information. Where is the source for the 700 call?

          • Gabriel on January 21, 2016 at 11:43 pm

            His “back up to these claims”?

            Here it is: the story uses data (“interviews, and context” to make a point are not data), but there is no data on the race of the callers.

            That’s the point Mechanica was trying to make. The author of this piece is making an assumption that all of the callers are white; which is funny seeing as how this is a piece about prejudice.

          • janus999 on January 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm

            If you don’t think the law enforcement agencies do not collect racial data then you are truly sad. They know everything and most of the time it isn’t even necessary to ask because a caller is already identified before they even ask you about yourself. Go to the FBI website and check their reports if you want “proof” of racial data being collected. And news agencies quote those statistics all the time – where do you think they get them from?

          • philly on March 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm

            ignore gghang—that’s just “their” way of trying to invalidate anything having to do with race and such—-they always ask for sources from you instead of looking for themselves

      • philly on March 21, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        they state they are obligated to respond—in other words because whites are calling—meanwhile we don’t and have never received the same consideration as Blacks in our neighborhoods

  8. Eclectic Infidel on October 20, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Summary of this sad little article, “blame whitey.”

    • Supa-D on October 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      I doubt very seriously that it’s black people calling the cops on black churches and making noise complaints.

  9. Helenofreims on October 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Do, you wonder, this coming from ideal middle class whom cause gentrification:
    admittedly problem. Oakland industries once, employed it progressive “Black middle class now last why failed ownership governmental policies. Favor lower income and regional bigotry whom behind tactics NAIOP and CDA of Alameda county before go into expectation. Where are Blacks fighting legislature and politically gangs cause many racist opinions of “Blacks” if don’t believe me live there you care. Turf and hidden associations whom, favor displacing renters how?

    Ellis act evictions high no once protected rental markets Oakland no more reason lower income Whites” can’t qualify for loans. Moving to Oakland: seeking control once, Black neighborhoods days sitting on your ass no longer! Chinese and Korean merchants corporations building up “Alameda county same as L.A LADEC favor those with cash. Whites” irate can’t pay high expected rentals in San Francisco where election for mayoral race “November 3, 2015 whom win good question Mayor Shaffer you decide plenty of racism derived from Whites fear factor! Preview, Curbed S.F,Biznow,Citylab,Nextcity and Socketsite you’ll be sursprise on immediate gains the developers are seeking!

  10. Spaz on October 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    This article is a gigantic lie. As someone else said, all it takes is some jerk with a computer to make up false “news”. The East Bay Express article they cited has to do with ONE MAN calling the police on a group playing drums by the park. And the man who made the call was cited by police. There is not one mention of a pattern of white people making baseless phone calls on their black neighbors. That 700 phone calls/month the Oakland police handles is their normal volume. It has nothing to do with any increase in white people making phone calls. LIAR!!!!

    • Mr. A on May 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      noise complaint is a valid call. You don’t want the police to work for a paycheck?

      • Spaz on May 22, 2016 at 11:14 pm

        Nobody said that you can’t make a noise complaint. What I’m saying is that, in this specific case, the caller was cited for making a fake phone call. Also, there are no statistics that validate the claim that whites have caused an uptick in police complaints. It’s a bogus article with bogus claims.

  11. TRAYVON MARTIN ✔ on October 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm


  12. Myiq2xu on October 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Maybe we should pass laws to keep the white people out.

  13. Supa-D on October 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Gentrifiers: if you’re not comfortable living amongst black people, don’t come to Oakland. Stay away. No one wants or needs you here. The end, for me, was y’all calling cops on black churches. Now joyful noise is a crime? Really? Stay away. Far, far away.

  14. Johnny Cromwell on October 26, 2015 at 4:32 am

    It’s not about us. But it’s about Jesus. If we get ourselves out the way then this division among us would not happen.

  15. Gary Millsapp on October 27, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Fuck those honkeys. Burn their shit to the ground and run their asses out of town

    • Adam WickPark2020 on October 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Beware. Beware. Beware. Anyone who tries might get stomped out and severely injured. Brahttt!! Brahtt!!!!!

      • Gary Millsapp on December 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm

        YEAH RIGHT

        • Adam WickPark2020 on December 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

          Professional MMA Fighters, Boxers, Weapons Specialists, Special Ops members and Lunatics walk among us. I’ve seen them commit unspeakably violent acts beyond words in self defense agaaanst those who have attacked them. Very frightening indeed..

          • Gary Millsapp on December 11, 2015 at 10:03 am

            Yaaaawn. Eat a dick. You watch way too much tv

    • Mr. A on May 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      youre too busy murdering other blacks.

  16. Gabriel on January 21, 2016 at 3:20 am

    A bit racist for the “journalist” to assume that it is whites calling the police seeing as how the police never ask a caller what their race is.

  17. britti the dub on March 21, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    This is why African-Americans need to make sure they OWN everything and every business in their communities. A neighborhood that is bought and paid for by the people who live in it cannot be gentrified.

  18. Mr. A on May 22, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    If you haven’t committed a crime you won’t be arrested. It takes so long for police to respond so what are you worried about? you know that anyone can call the police about anything right?

  19. Stella on October 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for this article. Our neighborhood has been gentrifying rapidly and becoming less diverse. For some reason many of the white newcomers don’t greet you on the street or even acknowledge you. We have dealt with two white neighbors who have let their dogs shit in people’s lawns without cleaning up after them on the regular. There have been numerous complaints about how noisy and unsafe in the neighborhood by people who self-identify as new neighbors on our neighborhood blog, using euphemisms for the “perpetrators” that really are about non-whites and low income people. I know this cultural shift is breeding contempt and resentment among many groups of color and I hope we will work together to preserve our Oakland from being white-washed like most of America. Which is another point – whites have so many places to go where they can live undisturbed by the diversity of people that occur naturally in the world. Why do they need to take over every little corner?