In a nearly 7,000 word essay on Monday, Yahoo News hailed a “new generation of anti-gentrification activists” who’ve rejected “the old, peaceful forms of resistance” for terroristic threats and violence aimed at “frightening off invaders.”
“Defend Boyle Heights” is a group of activists, mostly of Mexican descent, who are angry over being “displaced” by white “invaders” in their Los Angeles communities.
Rather than greet the white folks as “immigrants” who are coming to “diversify” and “culturally enrich” their town, the Defend Boyle Heights activists are working to have them expelled “by any means necessary.”
From Yahoo News:
LOS ANGELES — The protest at Mariachi Plaza didn’t seem, at first, like a declaration of war.
In fact, the Feb. 7 event looked like the same sort of grassroots, anti-gentrification gathering that might have taken place in any big American city at any point over the past 10 years as higher-income transplants have increasingly colonized lower-income urban communities, remaking once marginalized neighborhoods in their own cold-brew-and-kombucha image.
But this one was different.
That’s because it was organized by Defend Boyle Heights, a coalition of scorched-earth young activists from the surrounding neighborhood — the heart of Mexican-American L.A. — who have rejected the old, peaceful forms of resistance (discussion, dialogue, policy proposals) and decided that the only sensible response is to attack and hopefully frighten off the sorts of art galleries, craft breweries and single-origin coffee shops that tend to pave the way for more powerful invaders: the real estate agents, developers and bankers whose arrival typically mark a neighborhood’s point of no return.
Their “fighting” consists of vandalizing businesses with messages such as “F–K WHITE ART,” inundating “white gentrifiers” with death threats, holding rallies outside their busineses where they chant “don’t feel safe, we’ll be back” and holding masked, flare lit marches through the streets shouting “gentrifiers get the f–k out!”
Incidentally, in unrelated news, seven Hispanic gang members were indicted in 2016 for fire-bombing African American’s homes in the Ramona Gardens housing project of Boyle Heights to drive them out of “their” neighborhoods.
Despite Yahoo News’s glowing profile of the radical “Defend Boyle Heights” group, most of the top comments on the article weren’t buying their spin: