Chicanos Like Living on Their Tragic Dirt–And Hate White People Moving In


As we all know, blacks and Mexicans have low test scores because wherever they happen to live, such as in convenient inner city locations, has tragic dirt. Progressive whites want them to move to the magic dirt of the suburbs, so they can get high test scores, and the progressive whites will then nobly move into these inner city hellholes where they can walk to work downtown. (How the blacks and Mexicans will get to their jobs from their new locations in remotes suburbs is one of those questions that never quite occurs to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing supporters.)

Boyle Heights is a crummy but not too crummy Mexican neighborhood just east of booming Downtown Los Angeles. Not surprisingly a lot of white people are thinking of moving in. Not surprisingly, lots of Mexican activists are ginning up campaigns of racial hatred against white gentrifiers. From the LA Weekly:

A coffee shop that opened last week on a busy commercial strip in Boyle Heights has prompted days of protest from groups opposed to it as a symbol of creeping gentrification in the neighborhood. A crowd of activists set up a picket line at the entrance to the shop on Thursday, urging would-be customers not to enter and taunting those who did with words like “sellout,” “colonist” and “collaborator.” They have returned every day since.

Weird Wave Coffee occupies a narrow storefront space and offers iced lattes, almond croissants, sourdough BLTs and the typical gourmet-variety coffee shop fare that many Angelenos take for granted. But the shop is conspicuous on East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, on a block that includes a 24-hour pawn shop and a check-cashing and loans agency.

Similar to last year’s “artwashing” protests against new art galleries in Boyle Heights, the demonstrators regard the presence of the coffee shop as a harbinger of coming threats to affordable housing for low-income families in the largely working-class and Mexican neighborhood. Some say Boyle Heights could experience the same redevelopment boom that transformed its neighbor, downtown’s Arts District, from a deteriorating industrial zone to one of the most desirable and costly rental markets in the city.

Protesters, many of whom declined to give their names, say the arrival of a craft coffee shop offers encouragement to real estate buyers and developers and eventually will contribute to rising rents. They say the community boycott and picket is intended to retract the welcome mat for the relatively more educated, “whiter” and more well-to-do newcomers to the neighborhood.

The flyers handed out by demonstrators refer to the coffee shop as “White Wave Gentrifiers.”

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