In 2016, I wrote about the Boyle Heights neighborhood in East L.A. Boyle Heights is about 95% Latino, and its residents aim to keep it that way. Last year, the Obama administration handed down a federal civil rights indictment against Boyle Heights’ oldest and largest street gangs.A gang that used violence and intimidation to keep blacks out. Sounds mighty familiar.
The gangs had strong support from the community, and even after the federal indictment, the area is still almost entirely devoid of blacks.Indictment? There's been no guilty verdicts here?
Boyle Heights activists have been in the news once again, and this time, their targets are white. They’ve been waging a relentless campaign to force the closure of any stores that might attract white people to the neighborhood. First to go were the art galleries, which were targeted because art appreciation is apparently a whites-only endeavor (unless you’re Frida Kahlo or a graffiti tagger). “Fuck white art” was painted on gallery doors. Windows were broken, employees harassed. Most of the targeted gallery owners surrendered to the segregationists and fled. After defeating a bunch of pretentious art sissies, the activists decided that the coffee shops were next.If such a graffiti was in fact sprayed on a gallery door then why wasn't this national news and where are the feds?
Customers trying to enter the store were harassed. Signs were posted around the city depicting a white hipster’s head in the crosshairs of a rifle. And through it all, at no point did the activists make any attempt to hide the racial nature of their cleansing campaign: “No white people. No white stores.”Where are the feds? Hello Sessions!!!
The Boyle Heights activists joined up with Pilsen activists to protest the opening of a new restaurant in the neighborhood. The owners of the eatery, named S.K.Y., are accused of “gentrifying” the neighborhood with their presence. So of course the activists responded by defacing the building, threatening the staff, and blocking people from entering. Naturally, the local press celebrated the anti-gentrifiers, mindlessly repeating their talking points: “Once a fancy restaurant moves into Pilsen, wealthy whites will follow, and soon property values will rise, and minorities will be tossed into the gutter, and so on and so forth blah blah blah genocide.”The longer the diversity animal gets to walk around and consume, the more it grows and morphs into the thing it supposedly was against. The entire point of the Civil Rights movement was so that all citizens can enjoy the entire country, including stores and housing provided you can afford it, without harassment or risk of life, limb or property. What black folks (and others) are discovering is that the same civil rights they fought for would apply equally and suddenly now THEY want to protect THEIR neighborhoods from "outsiders" just as how whites didn't want them in THEIR neighborhoods. Anyway, the point here is that we have clear examples of racial intimidation that the justice department is not pursuing. What exactly is Sessions doing up there in Washington?