"Pit bulls, goats, and chickens - celebrating diversity in East Oakland"
105th Avenue is an area of east Oakland (San Francisco
where the Mexican immigrant 'barrio' is encroaching on and invading
the older (since World War II) Black ghetto area.
East 14th street was recently renamed 'International Boulevard'
in an attempt by the
majority Black Oakland City Council to 'upgrade the image'
of this deteriorated area which has been abandoned by national
such as Montgomery Wards and taken over by Mexican meat markets,
Women's Crisis Centers, store-front churches and liquor stores
---where the buildings have not just been boarded-up.
Driving south from downtown Oakland, starting from Chinatown,
past Lake Merritt you go through 'Little Korea' (where there
of Korean stores being 'torched' fairly recently) and then enter
where there are Taco-mobiles and the staff at Burger King only
Further south the Negro area continues (where a bare-chested
black windshield washer
entrepreneur ran through traffic to spray my windshield while
I was stuck between cars
at a red-light)... for a couple miles to up to the border of
which is where 'Euro-Americans' first retreated to in the late
40's and 50's
and where "International Boulevard" ends.
I've heard roosters crowing in this area of east Oakland and
I don't know whether
they were being bred for cock-fights or just for the chickens,
but I didn't know
that goats were being kept in the area... I would assume
that there must be
some local ordinances against keeping livestock in a residential
'Pit bulls' typically bring to mind 'black drug dealers' (although
as one sees
iron bars covering all the residential windows and doors in
area, these animals might be kept by some honest citizen for
But in any case this 'pitbulls vs. goat' story is very indicative
of possible future racial
conflict in the area - similar to what happens in prisons when
are forced into crowded proximity, and also highlights the degeneration
of this area
into some 'chickens, goats and pigs' village indistinguishable
in Latin America or Africa.
-by an East Bay resident