I've been having this conversation with a few of my activists friends, especially after they all found out about how much of a right-wing extremist Max Grossman is, about what it means to "stand with Duranguito".
I get annoyed when I hear people talk about "selling out" instead of protecting abuelitas that live in the area. So here's my query to those of you who feel so strongly about those abuelitas in the area...what are you doing about the damn slum lord in Duranguito?
See Grossman never talks about that. Why?
Because like I said, he cares about the buildings, not the brown people.
None of you cared about the area until Grossman started using abuelitas as human shields. The reality is that most of those abuelitas, if not all, are renters. They are probably on fixed incomes too. You got a slum lord who doesn't give a shit about people and poor people who are at his mercy because of their economic condition.
At any point, those abuelitas could be kicked out of their place. But there would be no assistance for them to find another place. They would just have to figure it out somehow.
And stop saying the city is using eminent domain. They aren't. They are willing to write fat checks right now and pay for rental assistance for those abuelitas for YEARS.
The stand with Duranguito people are actually advocating for the arena site to be moved somewhere else or completely done away with. So when the property owners decide to do something different with the land, were do you think Max Grossman and his save Duranguito people gonna be? You think they are going to be there to make sure the abuelitas land on their feet and get help?
They won't even know about it. Those abuelitas will be put on the street.
But hey, historical designation, amirite?