Useful Idiot Watch: WPLG and anti-illegal immigration billboard vandals
In Miami, a billboard that used to read "Stop the Invasion. Secure our Borders" has been changed to read "Secure our Hoods. Stop the Invasion of Yuppies. Stop Gentrification."
In an article that almost supports the vandalism, WPLG reveals the various thoughts of those who conducted the "public art action":
"While we would hope that our work would be celebrated as public art, we know that the police and city officials prioritize the rights of property owners and developers over its community members. Free Speech is limited to those who can pay for it. Public art is criminalized when not in line with their agenda..."
It is not coincidental that it is low income people of color who are those displaced from their neighborhoods because they can no longer afford to live in these now 'up and coming' areas ... This gentrification is eating away at what makes Miami a beautiful, vibrant and culturally diverse place to live."
However, WPLG appears to have edited out their more disturbing and idiotic comments. From miami.indymedia.org/news/2006/06/4799.php, the bolded sentences are what WPLG left out of the last paragraph:
"It is not coincidental that it is low income people of color who are those displaced from their neighborhoods because they can no longer afford to live in these now 'up and coming' areas. We cannot stand back and 'behave' while this ethnic cleansing is taking place. People are being forced out of neighborhoods that their families have been established in for generations, and something must be done. This gentrification is eating away at what makes Miami a beautiful, vibrant and culturally diverse place to live."
Here's another quote:
Participants in the group that modified the billboard felt that the anti-immigrant billboard was motivated by racism. One person explained: "As immigrants, many of us end up here because of US interventionist and racist foreign policies, this same racism towards our communities in the US will not be tolerated nor will attacks of white-supremacist groups."
In Los Angeles "gentrification" is code for "white people moving in to 'our' neighborhood" and "yuppie" is generally a code word for "white person". In Miami I'm pretty sure the definition is the same. Rather than supporting "yuppies" moving into "their" neighborhoods, they support what is in effect race-based rights to live in a certain place. And, by supporting massive legal or illegal immigration, they in effect support those who profit from such immigration.