What to know about the Fair Entry Fair in Oakland
Oakland — A massive fair held this weekend, attracting millions of visitors and raising more than $2 million for children’s health.
It was a fair that was supposed to be more about social and economic justice than race.
It was supposed be a celebration of people who have lived the American Dream and who now have more of it than anyone in the country.
Instead, it was a parade of greed and political power masquerading as a civic celebration of the lives of Oakland children.
But a new generation of Oakland residents is demanding an end to the carnival-like atmosphere that has characterized the fair, and they are raising the specter of a fair gone bad.
Oakland City Councilman Dan Kalb, who represents the city, called for an end in a citywide letter to city leaders, asking that the Fair entry be made more inclusive of the many groups who attend the fair.
“The Oakland Fair has become a source of national embarrassment and shame,” Kalb wrote.
“This is the first time we have seen an African American attend the Oakland Fair, and it is an insult to the people who attend every year.
We have a responsibility to make the Oakland fair a place where people of all races, backgrounds and religions can come together and have a truly great time.”
The Fair Entry has long been the scene of racial violence and violence against African Americans, including the 1965 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
In the wake of the assassination, many of the people involved were eventually charged with murder.
The Fair entry was renamed the Oakland Freedom Ride after King’s assassination.
The fair is held in Oakland every May and is a showcase of the city’s diverse and vibrant arts community.
“This year’s Oakland Fair is a place for all Oaklanders to be able to celebrate and celebrate together,” Kalbo wrote in the letter.
“We can celebrate together as a community.
We can celebrate and sing together as an Oakland family.
And we can celebrate as a family when we come together as one, to celebrate what Oakland has to offer to the world and the people of this country.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has said the Fair is one of the best events Oakland has hosted.
She said the city has been proud of its participation in the fair and has seen its attendance grow each year.
“We know that this is not a perfect event, but it is a fair,” Schaaf said at a news conference last month.
“I can say that we have a lot of people out there that want to see Oakland be the best fair it can be.”
Kalb said he hoped the city could do more to make sure that Oaklanders were welcomed to the fair with open arms.
“When you walk through the Fair and you see the incredible spirit of this community, and the incredible passion of this city, that’s a good start,” Kalbi said.
“It would be a great shame if this is a time when we don’t welcome people who want to participate in a fair.”
Oaklanders have complained about racial bias at the Fair.
The annual event attracts hundreds of thousands of people, many from across the country, but some have complained that it is racially biased, with a majority of the attendees from out of state and some minorities.
The Oakland mayor has said that there are ways to make that fair more inclusive, including allowing more groups to enter.
The Fair entry had also been plagued with racial tension.
At least one protester was arrested during the 2014 protest over a police shooting of a black man.
That incident led to the creation of a coalition of civil rights groups that now represents a range of groups.
Some have called for the Fair to be shut down altogether.
“It is just a celebration that has become the symbol of greed,” said Tommie Scott, executive director of the National Action Network.
“But it is also a symbol of a very real crisis in the lives and futures of many people.”