My Backyard

the wall

I read this article in the Post this morning and knew I had to make a post on it since it deals with Hispanics, immigration, and not only Virginia but a place that’s literally five minutes away from where I live.

What follows is a rambling indictment of Prince William County and Manassas, likening efforts to target illegal immigrants in the jurisdictions with slavery, Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan. “We demand equality and justice for all,” Fernandez’s broadside concludes. “We will not be your slaves of the 21st century.”

Since it first appeared last fall, the billboard, called “The Liberty Wall” by Fernandez’s supporters because of its address at 9500 Liberty St., has become a political symbol and a rallying point for those who see it as a truth-to-power act of defiance. The sign’s text has changed a few times, but its message has essentially remained the same: Latino immigrants have been exploited by ungrateful, racist white residents who took advantage of their labor and now want them to leave.

Then I saw this video on Upset the Setup:

It’s amazing how these people use this legislation as a shield to legitimize their xenophobic and racist ideologies.

I’ll try to swing by later and snap some pic’s and hopefully talk to some people.


2 Responses to “My Backyard”
  1. modi says:

    double word up.

    and i ain’t even ever said that before. but really. i had no idea this shit was even going on. the liberty wall is something monumental. i wish they had a still of it without people blocking it so i could feel all the pain. where is the whole story? link me in a comment on this entry. i’ll come back and check it out.

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