Friday, May 13, 2005

Snicker, laugh, giggle

Billboard Causes Panic: Los Angeles Population Plummets 14% in Three Days
Back on the roadway, Jose “X” added one last remark: “I hope they don’t move the border again. I mean, I left Mexico for a reason.”

The billboard, advertising a Spanish Language television station, originally made news by enraging many Americans with its aggressive Mexican Nationalist message --declaring that Los Angeles was no longer part of the United States, but was instead a Mexican city once again.

When I asked what had precipitated this mass exodus, one migrant, whom we’ll all Jose “X,” simply turned, pointed to the Billboard looming over his neighborhood and said, “¡Oh Man! I stopped walking too soon!” --then bravely continued on with the others.