Mexicans vs. Mexicans in Downtown Santa Ana Gentrification Shout-Off--Then Someone Yelled "Wetback"

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Courtesy of Igmar Rodas/SAPD (Stop Abusing People's Derechos, that is!)
Things getting hairy outside American Barbershop!

What began as an anti-police brutality march on Friday night turned into the latest chapter in downtown SanTana's gentrification wars--this time pitting Mexicans against Mexicans.

There was no problem when about 50 protesters initially assembled at a plaza on the intersection of Fourth and French streets around dusk. But when they returned from a rally at Sasscer Park (after a march that took them across the downtown area, with some activists chanting "Gentrification sucks!" and yelling "sell-outs" at patrons at the Playground, according to participants and onlookers), a near-melee happened at American Barbershop. That's where, protesters maintain, people flicked cigarette butts at them and yelled "Wetbacks!"

But who said the w-word and flung ciggies is leading to yet another battle, this time on the Internet.

"It's hard to say who started it," says activist "Amaru" from OC A-Cafe, an anarchist collective that sets up in public spaces to give away free books, clothes, and food. "The barbers were outside their shop when the march passed by."

Amaru, who declined to give his real name, wasn't going to bother with the shouting match, but changed his mind when he heard "wetback" come from the barber side of the street. "They're Mexican, so it was weird, but they're hipster Mexicans, I guess," he says.

Another protester heard the same slur. "I had the megaphone and crossed the street," says Cynthia Perez. "I heard someone say 'wetback.' Protesters wanted to go back to the barbershop but I redirected everybody on message [to the rally's original anti-cop intent]."

One-star reviews and threats of a boycott over the incident are flooding American Barbershop's Facebook and Yelp pages. Those comments are enraging owner George Mendoza, who was initially across the street during the confrontation, but rushed to his business once he saw protesters approaching it.

"They said, 'Fuck American Barbershop," he says. "Fuck you and your new restaurant [Mendoza is opening a German spot nearby called Wursthaus]. Fuck you and your little hipster haircuts!''

Mendoza denies his crew called anyone a wetback, and takes the accusation personally. "Oh, hell no!" he says. "We're all Mexican here! For God's sake!" Mendoza pointed to his Mexican parents crossing la linea to get to the United States, a fact he's mentioned in the past whenever activists accuse him of helping in Fourth Street's gentrification.

"They came illegally. My dad was deported two times," Mendoza says. "He'd get chased through LA coming home from his dishwashing job being called 'wetback.'"


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ahhh777
ahhh777

After reading the comments all I can think of is the barbers and that business tax money is probably paying for some of the protesters/family/relatives/ welfare and foodstamp. :)

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

So the real story was :


when they heard the "w" word


there was A POSSIBILITY THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A GRING


ER I MEAN THE "G' WORD


"gentrification sucks"



nothing says self hating leftist racists like a group against making a neighbor improve



mhip
mhip

Who were the guys in bow ties and suspenders?

It sounds like something out of "Warriors"...

GUSTAVO_IS_SEXY_HOT
GUSTAVO_IS_SEXY_HOT

Whaooooo Whaooooo Whaooooo....I was told people just come here to work and make a better life for their families and love the USA and want the American Dream.....now you're telling me the reconquista crowd and the mexican hipsters took over and they're at war with each other.....and the melting pot is dead? 


wtf.




Igmar Rodas
Igmar Rodas

Look Y'all, to my knowledge this March was Against Police Brutality in Solidarity for those recent Assassinations by Police. Before the fiasco at 4th and French, there had been already an Issue with a Santa Ana Police Officer and his patrol car almost running over a demonstrator over at 3rd St. Tempers were high already, then another issue arose with PD over by where the Carousel was, Tempers were highly, then Issue with Santa Ana PD rose again when there was the mishap of confrontation by another party that had nothing to do with the March. It became a focus of Gentrification/ Race War at this point. Which both sides have lost. One is LOOSING business the other side the focus became another completely different subject, and Santa Ana Police Department SAPOS did not do their job by keeping the peace, instead they instigated the confrontation in the first place. #SAPD

WhiteyAlmighty
WhiteyAlmighty

OC Weekly should change its name to "Chicano Activist Weekly, Orange County Edition". This would better describe what they do and allow them to focus on their target audience.

markie19
markie19


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whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Anti gentrification movements are simply not American.  People are allowed to open businesses and thrive.  


Manny Quintero
Manny Quintero

overall people ar agaist gentrification because it displace poor people from their communities and it change the cultural landscape of the areajust look at san francisco,now IMO im for gentrification of the getto areas.i hope places like santa ana changes for the good and people can live more safely and better

joey
joey

VAMONOS MUCHACHOS....

Leticia Callela-Austin
Leticia Callela-Austin

Like my dad said: somos como los pinches cangrejos... (We're like those damn crabs...) If you've ever seen a bucket of crabs, they don't let others escape and drag them back into the bucket... Sad...

Sócrates Oliveira
Sócrates Oliveira

Mick Slick is talking about the language of the Cruceño aka the Crusaders of Spain who slaughtered Mexicans, went all the way down to South America and go fucked up by the time they made to Argentina so yes Mick Slick you do bring up a good point Hermano but where you dont realize is we have evolved so much as a race (meaning all latinos today) that Spanish is our life and language. And Derek Gringos need to learn Spanish.. dont give me that "this is merica" bullshit. If Latinos can learn English Gringos can learn the 2nd most spoken language in America let alone the world.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Antonio I guees its all possible Men from all over the world go to mexico to find and mary Mexican women the most beutifull precious women in the world and they say that when any women from any part of the world is with a Mexican Man its like them tasting Hot Chile for the first time and they get hot all over and fall in love with mad passion.

Raul Felix
Raul Felix

So, some anarchists beaners are angry because "hipster beaners" are making their community less ghetto?

Antonio Venegas
Antonio Venegas

When I was visiting Orlando, Florida I stopped at many tourist shops that apparently were owned or ran by Pakistani's. Many of them thought I was from Pakistan and would talk to me in their language. I told them I was Mexican but they swore I was from Pakistan.

robincook
robincook

is this a question about people who work for a living and pay taxes against those who live off of food stamp and in taxpayer funded housing with taxpayer paid health insurance?



Briana Vee
Briana Vee

This is what happens when "Mexican - American" people are mal creados. They are not white enough to be called White and not Mexican enough to be called Mexican. But they Flip Flop around Mexicans with their "Brown pride" B.S. when they are called Wetbacks. And around White people they call their own people Wetbacks . Such a shame. They are Levas!

carpetbagger
carpetbagger

GSR,


Why must EVERYTHING be so political with you?


I have it on good authority that the people at the American Barbershop were advertising a new product: "The Wetback".


This cut and syle is a modern inexpensive take on the brylcream look of the 1960's.Instead of chemicals it uses a water based formula.


This was first made popular in Santa Ana by Ruben Alvarez, the unemployed community activist who lives in a tent in his parents backyard. Too poor to buy hair care products, Alvarez knew he needed to look good in his Salvation Army suits to keep up his shell game: "Stay Connected". A slick mile and a slick hairdo was all he needed. Hence, The "Wetback".


Soon other upward mobile latinos, mostly unememployed jumped on board: First, Councilmember Benavides, whose "creepy good looks" got him divorced and left him chasing twenty something Payan X borreguito's (GROSS), then came Roman Renya, who went for the 80's moused up look, but his roommate, errr, I mean Mother, still liked the look.


So before you go all Racism on us, let's just check out the fine doo, P. David has done at his "standing" 3:00 pm appointment at ABS on every council meeting day.


And remember, you don't have to speak well, write well, be a good Father, Husband or person to lead, You just need the look, THE WETBACK LOOK!


lindakcabrera
lindakcabrera

Pues si... always fighting against each other! That's why regardless of how big our population gets, we'll always be a minority! What happened to " LATINOS (or) MEXICANOS UNIDOS, NUNCA SERAN VENCIDOS!!" This is truly sad!

Al Wölfhaus
Al Wölfhaus

If these people hate gentrification so much why didn't any of them open up their own business for La Raza.

joey
joey

NO HABLA.....

Benjamin Tyler Burkhardt
Benjamin Tyler Burkhardt

I am for open borders as long as our property, laws and people are respected. Most of the world agrees with the American view on property rights. But if they don't, they don't deserve to be here. Immigrants, legal or illegal, have no right to disrespect what is the true and proper view on property in the world.

Hiram Ortiz
Hiram Ortiz

Ahhh man.. I would have went. Sounds like a normal Mexican family get together.

Benjamin Tyler Burkhardt
Benjamin Tyler Burkhardt

I am glad we speak English and have a sense of individuality, yet still having a strong sense of community. Liberalism, in both the philosophical and economic sense, has done more for society than the system the natives had.

balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

@mhip they look like decent members of society, not all ghetto or gangsta. I may have to check to go check it out and go there for a haircut. I like their look and the way their shop looks

Shy_blues
Shy_blues

ha ha, but are they Chicanos?

mhip
mhip

@markie19 Dude, I can't even focus my eyes on your all-cap drivel...

If you're going to do crazy, at least make it legible.

balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

@whateveryousay Those people want to drag everyone down to their level. They are jealous that they cant open their own business...and god forbid if anyone else thrives. 

balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

Santa Ana is still a craphole, sorry. I applaud people there for trying their best to make it exciting and livable. God bless the people working hard in the downtown area....but those ghetto trash will ruin all possibilities of changing the culture for the better. 

noone666
noone666

You are a shitty writer, get fucked.

FUCKIsrael
FUCKIsrael

I want to skull fuck you and your mother with my Hitler cock you jew bastard. 

WhiteyAlmighty
WhiteyAlmighty

They may or may not all be Chicanos, but there is a consistent underlying theme. It looks like this is how Chicago Studies majors find work after college. LOL

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Not downtown and not north Santa Ana, sorry!

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