An immigration-themed mural that Latino youth were painting was vandalized in the Pilsen neighborhood overnight. Scribbled over it were the words "lies" and "Mexicans are racist."
The mural is an extension of a past exhibit put on by the National Museum of Mexican Art called a "Declaration of Immigration."
Silvia Rivera, general manager of Radio Arte, said the mural is on their building at 1401 W. 18th St. Rivera said she doesn't know who did it or why but there is definitely a sentiment against Latinos and immigrants right now in the country.
"There is a certain tension in the air. The issue of Sonia Sotomayor is being played out. There's tension over whether or not immigration reform is going to happen," Rivera said.
But Rivera said they are going to try and turn something negative into
a positive. The youth will paint over the vandalism and they are
thinking of having a town hall meeting to talk about immigration and
"We're going to look at it as a life lesson," Rivera said.
This is a hard learned lesson. The people who defaced the mural are
the real racists. It's just another example of the increasing
anti-Mexican and anti-Latino sentiment that the right wing is
spreading. We have to band together and fight against it.