Oakland cafe owner keeps it in perspective


On Saturday night, the window of Oakland’s Awaken Cafe got smashed after protests erupted in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal.

“We had a show going on. It was startling, but the band kept playing,” says cafe owner Cortt Dunlap. Since it’s located along the perimeter of Frank Ogawa Plaza, renamed Oscar Grant Plaza when Occupy Oakland's tent city materialized there in the fall of 2011, the vandalism threw Awaken into the spotlight.

“I just noticed people, journalists, passers-by, stopping and snapping pictures of my window,” Dunlap said. “So I thought, I’m just going to put something in the broken window that kind of changes the conversation a little bit.”

He spent a few minutes printing up a sign to inform onlookers that the window would soon be fixed. But “When will the US Justice System?” The message asked. Or “archaic gun control laws?” He also threw in some stats (gleaned from Wikipedia) on racial disparity in rates of conviction and incarceration. It wasn't long before his message started making the rounds on Twitter.

Dunlap says he wasn’t exactly glued to the news about Zimmerman’s trial, but nevertheless he has a strong opinion about the death of Trayvon Martin. “If Trayvon had been white like me,” he said, “this wouldn’t have happened.”

Pick up a copy of this week's Guardian for editorials by San Francisco Sups. London Breed and Malia Cohen on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, and stay tuned for our post on yesterday's rally and candlelight vigil at San Francisco City Hall, where African American leaders gathered to issue a call to action.


The reason for the difference in the number of races in prison is simple. Blacks lead the way in coming from one parent households, followed by Hispanics and then whites. I am also sure that gang membership is a lot higher in the black and Hispanic culture then whites. Why would the numbers be any different? If the crime is being committed by a person regardless of race they should be convicted. Be proud of your race and raise/support your children and the numbers will balance out in time..

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

I think this stupid son of a bitch should blame the dumb motherfucker who broke his window and not the justice system. This is just more of the same bullshit from a lefty pinko asshole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

"28% black males will do prison time...." Right its because they get caught more rigggght.... No something is wrong with their culture if they are ending up with a significant percentage of their population is prison. They should look within themselves before blaming others.

Posted by The man! on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

Don't commit crimes and you won't end up in the justice system. Pretty simple.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

Burn this business down, we'll be better off.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

If Treyvon was white this never would have gone to trial! The evidence was NEVER there and that is why the police didn't charge him initially. IF there was a trial for a black (or Latino because that is what Zimmerman is) killing a white guy, the white people wouldn't be out rioting! Can you not see that we are ALL Americans and that Obama is a race-baiter (along with Holder, Sharpton, and Jackson) and has set back race relations 20 years at least? Try doing some research into black on white crime, especially recently and you'll find some absolutely disturbing depictions that the liberal media refused to show you. Wake up America!

As far as "archaic gun laws", that is ridiculous as well! Thing I'm wrong? Look at Chicago where there is an absolute travesty happening with black on black crime, much of it using guns. Oh, you think I'm proving your point? Not so fast because GUNS ARE OUTRIGHT BANNED in Chicago! You fools, gun ownership has been proven over and over to LOWER crime rates. Both the UK and Australia are perfect examples of "gun bans" gone wrong! Don't believe me? READ people READ! Stop listening to that fool Piers Morgan (go home idiot) on CNN or any of the other liberal outlets and actually READ! Google "gun control crime" and check out justfacts dot org (not sure if my link will stay) and LOOK at the statistics on how gun ownership reduces crime.

Wake up America, the liberal media is LYING TO YOU!

Posted by Frustrated but well read American on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

While I feel Zimmerman should of at least gotten Manslaughter the fact is
1. He did not
2. the only reason he got arrested is because it was a black kid and the media turned it in to a race issue
3. if Tryvon had been white he would still be here.
4. I am White

Why do I bring up MY Race well because I would of found Zimmerman guilty.

All that being said here is some other Basic but Very true facts of life

NO Matter what Color you are if you dress like a thug you will be treated like a thug if you act like a fool you will be treated as a fool..

Yes its your right to act like a thug or a gang banger or a whore or be ignorant but when you do, Why are you so dam surprised when you get treated as such?

If you act like a Lady or a Gentleman you will be treated as such. By most of the human race no matter what color you are. Think about that and then start acting the way you want to be treated instead of throwing rocks at others who act just like you!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

Why is this guy using a "white on black" killing, as evidence of "broken gun control laws"? Didn't he see "Boyz 'n the Hood" ?

"One out of every 21 black males will be murdered before he is 25 -- most will die at the hands of other black men."

Posted by Guest on Jul. 19, 2013 @ 12:46 am

Black are a more violent race?? Where do you morons come from? The sole reason minorities end up in prison more often is because of socio-economic status. If you are poor you don't have access to the same resources. YOU don't get the same quality education and you don't get the same job opportunities. If you are a minority you also have 300 years of inequality stacking the deck against you when it comes to jobs, networking and opportunity. In other words, it becomes a self - perpetuating lower class with far greater difficulty of ever getting out. You don't believe it? Go live as a black man for a month if you are white. You will never be the same again!
I'm Scandinavian by the way!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 19, 2013 @ 1:12 am

And some wealthy folks do commit crimes.

So clearly there is more to criminality than being poor or coming from a broken home or any of the other phoney sociological rationalizations that liberals like to come up with.

When black-on-white violent crime happens at 41 times the rate of white-on-black crime, which it does according to FBI stats, then blacks have got a problem. And it is for them to solve their "image problem" and not for us to pander over them based on race.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 19, 2013 @ 1:59 am

Better idea, how about we get rid of our archaic idea that banning guns stops crime. The window wasn't shot out, it was broken, by angry black youths rioting. ALL the more reason for me, the white guy to own guns.

Guns didn't kill St. Skittles, violent ghetto culture did. Being the "tough guy" who had to beat someone up instead of walking away, did.

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