After peaking around the time of the South Central Riot of 1992, "tagging"
in Southern California fell way off by 2000. But in 2005, the "writers"
(as they call themselves) started to get ahead of society`s clean-up immune system, and graffiti is showing up everywhere now as Latino gangs get bigger and stronger. A couple of nights ago, some moron calling himself "Dwako"
spray-painted his name six feet wide in about ten places on homeowners` walls on my street. (If you had as imbecilic-sounding a name as "Dwako,"
would you advertise it?)
Looking at Dwako`s handiwork, I finally understood the current fad in the more prosperous Mexican neighborhoods of LA for incredibly expensive security fencing around houses. Homeowners are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for elaborate wrought iron fences eight feet high with knife-blade finials on top and the most over-the-top decorative work embedded in the fences (fleur-de-lis, eagles, etc.)
Obviously, the increase in gang violence
(which is caused by the huge number of 10-19 year old Latinos who are the product of the ex-illegal alien Baby Boom
that followed the 1986 amnesty law) is driving the need for security, but why not just put up cheaper concrete block or wooden fences to keep out intruders, like in my neighborhood? Well, one reason is because, unlike walls with their inviting flat surfaces, vandals can`t satisfactorily tag a wrought iron fence because it`s mostly air.
By the way, isn`t it nice to see lethal finials
on fences become popular in America? It shows how Latin American and American cultures are synthesizing into one rich pageant. South of the border, it`s been traditional for homeowners to embed broken bottles
on the tops of their walls. But, with the greater prosperity found in our country, Latinos can now afford to impale intruders with custom-designed blades
Fortunately, the new 326-page Kennedy-Bush amnesty bill will solve all the problems associated with Latino gangs. I haven`t quite reached the section of the bill that explains how it will do that, but I`m sure it`s in there somewhere.
[Crossposted At Isteve.com