Annoying Pittsburghers of the Week

I’m probably going to tread on some toes here, and I’m not even sure who I am naming as the actual Annoying Pittsburgher of the Week. I’m thinking however, it is either a select few residents of Beechview or the president of the Beechview Merchants Association, Mr. Don Bell.



Don Bell, president of the Beechview Merchants Association, said residents at a recent Weed and Seed meeting “expressed concern about the rapid influx of Mexicans, of the illegals who have no rights and can be easily exploited, and issues such as over-occupancy and health code violations.”

Hmm. I’m sorry, but that looks suspiciously like racism veiled as genuine concern for another human being.

First, “of the illegals who have no rights”. Now, what are these residents doing? Walking up to every Mexican on the streets of Beechview? “Senor, senor, excuse me. Would you mind answering a citizen survey? Okay. Number one. Are you living and working in the United States a. legally or b. illegally?”

Yeah, right. I’m guessing these particular residents of Beechview are assuming that every Mexican that enters their community is illegal, and since they just can’t come out and say what they want, which is likely, “We don’t like the Mexicans taking over our town”, they are pretending they only have the Mexicans’ best interests in mind.

Please. Mexicans ROCK okay? I know many Mexicans in this city, including some of those mentioned in the article, and not only are most of them legal (I haven’t surveyed ALL of them yet), hardworking people, they are just craploads of fun. You should have hit Taco Loco on the South Side on the 4th of July to see for yourself.

Hey, I’m all for border control, believe me. But I’m super duper anti-racism.

I think people forget that there really is no such thing as a true American (other than Native Indians of course). All of our ancestors came from somewhere else on the globe. Embrace that.

Oh, and THANKS Beechview and Mr. Bell for saving me from having to name another politician as the Annoying Pittsburgher of the Week. I knew I could count on SOMEBODY helping me out.


  1. flyingoyster
    September 20, 2005 8:35 am

    Hey there,
    I LIVE in Beechview and am glad to see something besides a nuisance bar in the “business district” on Broadway.
    I admit my family (and other Beechview friends) are probably in a minority of long time Beechview-ers who are welcoming our new Mexican neighbors.
    GO TO MARIACHI NIGHT at MAYA! They have one about every month. It’s a blast!

  2. pittgirl
    September 20, 2005 9:57 am

    I agree! Embrace the Mexicans and then do a salsa dance with them. They rock and I will check out Mariachi Night. Taco Loco’s is pretty fun.