Austin Not Progressive

RECEIVED Fri., July 3, 2009

Dear Editor,
    It's not even just black people in East Austin. There are Hispanic, poor, and immigrant populations in East Austin, and everyone just kind of writes them off. We call ourselves progressives, and we're nothing but liars.
    All populations should be on both sides of I-35 and both banks of the river: poor, minority, disabled, rich, student, etc. Austin feels very good about excluding people, but saying that the city has hippies and gay people, so it's progressive. Folks, it's time to wake up. The "hippies" are suburban baby boomers who got cheap property and hope to profit off it some day, and there are too many homophobes in our city, as evidenced by the protests of gay marriage.
    We are not progressive to shunt people we don't want to think about to a part of town we don't visit. There is nothing honorable about putting our hands over our ears and pretending like these racial problems don't exist. All minorities need to make living wages, and pretending that all minorities with qualifications have good jobs and quality housing is a farce, and we should really cut it out now.
Stephanie Webb
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