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CO racists plaster ‘White Power’ signs to push ‘poor Hispanics’ from gentrified neighborhood

By David Edwards
Monday, May 12, 2014 9:36 EDT
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Denver poet Bobby LeFebre (KMGH)
 
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Police in Denver are canvassing a neighborhood for clues after someone hung racists fliers that targeted the Hispanic community.

On Saturday, local poet Bobby LeFebre (pictured above) and a group of demonstrators walked through the Denver neighborhood to express their disgust with nearly a dozen signs with messages like “Get rid of poor Hispanics,” “White Power,” and “This neighborhood belongs to the whites now.”

LeFebre suggested to KMGH that the racial tension had been connected to gentrification, where more affluent white business and home owners had forced out poorer, longtime Hispanic residents.

“They’re calling it an evolution as if what existed their before was some how subhuman but my neighborhood had history,” LeFebre explained.

He told KUSA that there was tension around the neighborhood because of gentrification, and that the signs were “a manifestation of that tension.”

The Denver Police Department had not identified any suspects as of Sunday.

Watch the video below from KDVR, broadcast May 12, 2104.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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