Newspaper Office in California Vandalized Simply For Using The Word ‘Illegals’ In Headline

Newspaper Office in California Vandalized Simply For Using The Word ‘Illegals’ In Headline

sntbrbnwsprOn January 3rd, the Santa Barbara News-Press ran an article about California’s newly passed Assembly Bill 60, which allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The headline declared, “Illegals line up for driver’s licenses,” atop a photo of illegal immigrants in line at the California DMV. Shortly afterwards, the publication’s building was spray painted with hostile graffiti. 

Western Journalism reports,

Sometime either Wednesday night or Thursday morning, the wall next to the News-Press’ entrance was painted over with the phrase, “The border is illegal, not the people who cross it,” in red paint; and the building was splattered with pink paint which appeared to be from a paintball gun. Police still do not know who was responsible for the vandalism as there were no cameras or eyewitnesses.
Local activist group PODER (People Organizing for the Defense and Equal Rights of Santa Barbara Youth) organized a protest with an estimated 200 in attendance Thursday evening calling for a retraction of the headline and a boycott of the News-Press. They said that if a retraction is not issued by 3 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 19), more protests will follow.
Donald Katich, the News-Press Director of Operations for the Santa Barbara News-Press, issued a statement afterwards saying the newspaper would not be changing the words it uses to describe illegal immigrants. This is going to make some waves, since the newspaper is not a conservative news source, but part of the so-called mainstream media. It is telling that the opposition has to resort to crime – and a blatant attempt to suppress free speech – in order to to foist its viewpoint upon others. It is a sign of desperation and an acknowledgment they are losing through the democratic process. The reality is, California is going bankrupt and residents are tired of the extra costs forced upon them from everyone and their brother trying to move into the state, many who burden the already overtaxed welfare system.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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