Lake Merritt in Oakland (not today) — Photo: Christopher J. Beale
I went back the next day to snap this pic of where the man was…half expecting to find him there again. (Photo: Christopher J. Beale)

“Black people need to stop killing Black people!” a voice yelled after us.

We turned to find an older, heavy set, shaggy-bearded white guy in shorts and a t-shirt with a smirk on his face. When we stopped he repeated his statement without prompting. It was his words and his sort of arrogant, “and what are you gonna do about it” attitude that made my ears get hot.

Photo by Gabe Pierce on Unsplash


Christopher J. Beale is an independent journalist and radio host/producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach him on Twitter at @RealChrisJBeale, listen to his podcast Unpacked, and reach him via email at

Journalist and multimedia producer based in San Francisco. Bylines: KQED, Outword Magazine, KALW, The Bold Italic

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