Urban Beach Weekend, Facebook, and the Age of the Ignorati

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The Committee to End Urban Beach Weekend on Miami Beach.
Almost a month after the ignominious conclusion of Memorial Day Weekend on Miami Beach, ignorance is still flowing strong on a Facebook group page calling for an end to the controversial week-long unofficial party.

No matter how many times the administrators, who include Miami Beach gay activist Herb Sosa, remind folks to keep it civil or they'll get banned, some people can't help but devolve into intolerant mush mouths who would make a 1960s era Klansman proud. What's laughable is that the worst offenders don't even reside in Miami Beach. SMH.

Here are is a brief timeline of the harshest comments:

  • June 21: "Oh boy, he's back...Terrance is the owner of blackbeachweek.com...and by the way, no one would want to drive down the street in his neighborhood - he lives in the ghetto and wants to turn South Beach into one too." -- Debbie Hayden, a Miami Beach resident responding to Terrance Smith, an African American party promoter who pointed out the city can't ban one particular group of people from using a public beach.
  • June 18: "That video breaks my heart. It's sad and disgusting. It looks like Compton, LA." -- Lisa Odden, alleged former Miami Beach resident who now kicks it in Minneapolis, commenting on a two-minute video of rapper Wacka Flacka casually strolling around Ocean Drive shaking hands and posing for pictures with fans, yet surprisingly no footage of gang fights or dudes throwing Crip and Blood hand signs.
  • June 16: "Just play Latin music or house music those 4 days everywhere in restuarants, hotels, and nightclubs and that crowd won't come here anymore for sure. Maybe they still gonna come but just as a minority. That's how we will end all this bullshit." -- Alex Fernandez, a Miami Beach graphic designer on how to stop the 200,000 plus predominantly African American tourists from coming to Miami Beach on Memorial Day Weekend. 
  • June 13: "They should move this stupid event to Somalia. Let 'em all hang out on a cruise ship with some pirates!!!" -- David C. Yaros, an IBM mainframe computer technician living in Poughkeepsie, New York.
  • June 12: "One of the few advantages of living in Canada is that we have far fewer of these savages. And no that was not a typo: I said savages." -- Jude Theobscure, a Toronto resident obviously operating under a nomme de plume.

Certainly the group trying to end Urban Beach Weekend has a legitimate beef about the city's lack of control over the streets, but when you read the comments on their Facebook page, we can't help but wonder WTF is wrong with these crackers?

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SoFla_is_stupid_capital_of_USA
SoFla_is_stupid_capital_of_USA

DESPITE YOUR INSISTENCE THAT THE GROUP HAS A "LEGITIMATE BEEF", YOUR PAPER'S PHOTO OF THE KKK -- WITH THE CAPTION BENEATH -- PAINTS WITH A WIDE BRUSH THE GROUP AS MADE UP OF NOTHING BUT THAT.

SHAME ON YOU, ALVARADO.  YOU SHOW THAT YOU ARE WHAT YOU CONDEMN.

WHITE MAN
WHITE MAN

this is why crackas get robbed and punked by blacks hispanics and even other whites because they are weak mined bitches that hide behind a screen or a pen and talk all that racist crap if you care so much next year get out there and protest and make sure you use all those choice words u like to use i bet not one of you cowards have the guts to do so cause your weak ignorant scared dip sh*ts there are plenty of white raceist groups that rape  steal and do violent acts for the all mighty hit of METH look up peni and see what u get lol u guys like to point fingers but lack the knoledge to look at your own race and see your bigger monsters than the dread head with droopy pants lol get a life and a education before you go ranting on about race and other peoples pleasure like enjoying a weekend at the beach with drinks music of thier choice and peers nobody wanted woodstock in thier back yard and look at what history that made it was all drugs sex n rock n roll

Karen Gordon
Karen Gordon

"Certainly the group trying to end Urban Beach Weekend has a legitimate beef about the city's lack of control over the streets, but when you read the comments on their Facebook page, we can't help but wonder WTF is wrong with these crackers?"I agree and as I tried to point out to them, they are promoting racism and hatred whether they intend to be or not. It's disgusting frankly. Of course they erase all comments that don't promote their hatred but that's a whole 'nother issue.

Ban the bo's
Ban the bo's

Ugly blacks with droopy pants. Showing dirty underwear?

Ban the bo's.

Herb Sosa
Herb Sosa

Mr Alvaradi & the Miami New Times - thank you for your article.  All points of view, event those created to incite controversy, discussion and divisiveness - like your unresearched & senationalist fluff piece here, are good to show that we are a diverse & vibrant community, with different points of view.  Unfortunately your choice to depict such a horrible & controversial KKK photo with your 'article" was irresponsible and meant to incite hate & division in our community.  The END Urban Weekend as we know it page and www.takebacksobe.com are forums that I and others in the community created to discuss SOULTIONS to the 10+ years of taxing, crime & unneccesary burden on our city, and to demand that our elected leaders LISTEN & REPRESENT the residents voices. It is made up of individuals of all ages, ethnic & economic groups - a simple search or attending the June 3rd would have shown you this... But it is much easier to take the low road and stir up the race issue, than to be a legitimate news source and recognize that Miami Beach cannot afford ANY event - especially non-permitted events as Urban Weekend - that bring this many people, crime & burden to our shores. There are blacks, whites, latinos, gays, etc ALL YEAR visiting Miami Beach -and all are welcome & ecouraged to return with no incident. Urban Weekend has simply grown too a a decade long "non-event" that is too large, unmanageable with current venues & resources, and dangerous to both tourists & residents alike.  If you are remotely interested in legitimate journalism or the community that feeds you, you may want to try your hand at writing about these issues and how to resolve them, with the real picture & voice of the majority of the community, and without the hate-inticing pictures.Respectfully, Herb Sosa

Fat low life bo's
Fat low life bo's

There are too many fat low life blacks on Miami Beach, especially during Urban Weekends.

I stay away and I tell everyone I know to stay away. It appears Mayor Bower wants Miami Beach to turn into a ghetto.

Kayserchile
Kayserchile

Francisco Alvarado(the one that wrote the article) is on Crack,I don't know why the Miami New Times allow this guy to write this,maybe because the Miami New Times is pro-memorial weekend too,nice way to defend our City "New Times" I'm sure that more than 70% of your followers are going to stop reading your weekly editions from now on since you support so much such an event that damage so much our City...

Tracyhengel71
Tracyhengel71

Racim is the color of many face now. As a out spoken woman man of all closer make it a point to put me in my place. If I don’t make them feel as if they are in control then I am a racist. Color should not be a crutch for the ass hole of the world. Tracy Zennie Pittenger Hengel

Kenzo Yoo
Kenzo Yoo

i say let the page live let hungry tired queen herb sosa exploit the issue and realise when he's a laffin stock next year how many bridges he burnt that he aint madonna or lady gaga and all press aint good press mamy. Hell just look at the numbers poor bastard doesnt realise most of the likes are fake accounts if this so called movement was real then the places would be packed the rally if u can call it that wtf i think the city hall was closed LOL let these real life monkeys and yahoos on the page show themselves as dim wits. the people have already moved on and these fools have nothing better to do

Brian
Brian

Rule number one in any school is to not use colloquialisms and to refrain from being “involved” in the argument of a new story.  You obviously had no desire to present a thought provoking article on the disparages between affirmative action protections, civil rights and the right to protect the property of the people who pay for it via tax collection.  You prefer to be lazy in your writing and plagiarize a few current events to fill lines on paper, shame on you.  This is not about black or white but you have done the same as those ignorant’s on Facebook, you have perpetuated a racial stereotype and enlarged the chasm which still divides this great country, even with a black President.  If there was a radio station in Kentucky that invited all its listeners to travel to South Beach for an un-official “white party”, the ACLU would scream bloody murder and put a quick end to the event.  I am against any race or religion or person who does not show common ethical respect for another property and I do not wish to invite out of state visitors who believe it is okay to shoot people on the street while driving.  And for the record, the police gave that guy plenty of warning and time to put his hand up and walk out.  My solution to the problem… all business close down for the week.  It will affect the economy and will quickly gain the momentum  with our representatives to curtail the so called and self named “urban week” which in my opinion is offence, just like the “N” word that is used by so many in the black community.  Time to grow up people, time to evolve Mr. Alvarado. 

Guestguest
Guestguest

You used "SMH" and "WTF" in an article. The world is filled with idiots...

Alex
Alex

I understand why you became frustrated with many of the responses that people had from "urban" weekend. As for YOUR response, acknowledging Caucasians as "crackers," I don't agree in lowering yourself to the level of the aggressors. In order to reach a captive audience, you must remain objective in your argument and offer insight to solutions; not solely concentrating on the problem (I.e. Non-resident complaints, unjustifiable remarks, etc.)

I would hope that people would realize how much the US is changing, and how compromise, understanding, and down-right human decency are needed for us to grow.

Merianne Pamias
Merianne Pamias

thank you so much for this article...loved it and i posted it for them to see

How About Some Truth...?
How About Some Truth...?

Francisco Alvarado, you are JUST AS RASCIST for calling them, "crackers!"When I was in junior high school in Tallahassee in 1970 and a black kid called a white kid, "cracker," that was the same as a white kid calling a black kid, "ni**er!" Usually a fight would ensue on the spot! It goes both ways, get off your throne, you're obviously a liberal leftist who's so politically correct that you want to shut down 1st Ammendment rights of Free Speech...Look at some of the muslim's websites and the garbage they talk about, "Kill Americans," "Kill Jews," "Kill ALL non-muslims," etc. Why aren't you talking about those bloodthirsty fanatics...?!Hypocrite...!!

WHY NOT...?!!
WHY NOT...?!!

Karen, What do you think of the Facebook comments that are written by some muslims, who call for the killing of all Americans, all Jews or all non-believing muslims in the name of islam...?Do any of their comments feel like racism or breeding hatred to you...? Do any of these islamic comments disgust you...?This is REAL RACISM, it's also called GENOCIDE, for the muslims want to wipe out ENTIRE RACES...!!! islam had a hand in helping wipe out the Jews and millions of others in WWII(Holocaust)The grand mufti of Jerusalem lived in Germany at that time as a guest of Adolf Hitler and he provided Hitler with ideas on how to exterminate the Jews...Why isn't anybody talking about all the Christians being killed in Egypt right now...?You don't read ANYTHING in the lamestream press about it, WHY NOT...?!!

Kenzo Yoo
Kenzo Yoo

Alex Fernandez aka Kayserchile I know you wont understand Democracy but Mr. Alverado has the right to write what he wants. Stick to practicing your Pink Floyd riffs on yer guitar BTW u suck!  and printing posters and hagin at the flamingo smokin pot Yea I saw your youtube channel. Don't you have to work? or is Floyd Design that Lucrative you can sit around posting stupid racist comments on FB and here?

Kenzo Yoo
Kenzo Yoo

I liked the peice he took it down to the same level as the END FB page.... LOL

Terrance
Terrance

Brian. You can't close down business. That is illegal. However, I would have no problem in letting any business close as long as the city allows vendors to take the place of any establishment that wishes to close for the weekend. Then everyone would win

Kenzo Yoo
Kenzo Yoo

well wtf is wrong with that? TTYL (LMBO)

Sean Levisman
Sean Levisman

He was using the term "cracker" ironically, you dumbass. And what the fuck do Muslims have to do with the subject of this article, which is African-Americans attending the Urban Beach Weekend in Miami? To make an argument by calling something something that it's not is a major sign of ignorance and stupidity. Don't enter a debate if you don't know how to carry yourself.

Kayserchile
Kayserchile

Listen to me fuck face,since you're so obsessive with me and what I do,it seems to me that you got a personal problem with me,if you really got balls why don't you give me a call(you already got my number)go ahead and call me and I'll tell you where we can meet and what time so I can see you face to face and break you're fucken nose .Go ahead 

Brian
Brian

Yes, the vendors would have to take the initiative and site it as a vacation for the business or closed for upgrade or closed for safety concerns as some sidewalk vendors were trampled this year and years past.  The people of this great country always have the power, not the other way around.

Huh
Huh

Terrance,Any private business can close whenever they see fit.

How About Some Truth...?
How About Some Truth...?

Don't get your schmeckle caught in your zipper, my simple minded friend, I was trying to make a point about other racist's rants on the internet...!(ie;muslims vs. the world)The examples that Francisco Alvarado provided above are minuscule as compared to what some of the muslim fanatics write about America and the world...And yet, nobody says ANYTHING about their blatantly racist diatribes, WHY NOT...?!!Is that a simple enough explanation for you...?

Kenzo Yoo
Kenzo Yoo

And your threatening to "break my fucken nose" is NOT Violent? The Violence you claim comes along w/ Memorial Weekend. I suggest you learn the difference between Your and You're... Stay Off the Basketball courts at the Flamingo yea I see you hairplugs and all stick to your smoking drugs and being an all around douche and leave the politics to people who are NOT illegal chileans LOL 

Krp
Krp

 Oh, so you're lawyer now, eh Terrance?  What was the name of that law that you just pulled out your rectum?   Typical liberal.   

Then let them sue.  Let's see how far they get.    

If such a law does exist, it is an example of exactly what is wrong with this country - too many laws, written by too many liberals telling people what they can or cannot do with their private property.Saying that a business may not close for a particular weekend makes as much sense as saying that a bar that closes at 4 while the bar across the street closes at 4:30 is illegal.  Or to say that if a black person wants to come into my home and urinate on my living room floor then there isn't anything that I could do about it, because, dey o'd, Dey want it and dey gonna take it and there ain't nuttin' dat you can do about it because the president is black and it's our country now and you white boys ain't got no rights cuz our brothah in the White House Slimy Dick has got our back.

Terrance
Terrance

Brian, a majority of the the participants are black who come to Urban Beach Week. If a business has NEVER been closed in 5 years on a weekend and then decides to close on that one weekend and reopen after it is over, it can be sued on racial grounds. Personally, I have no problem with a business closing because I sure don't want to actually help a business who hates my guts enough to close it. As I also said before, I believe that those business who want to close should just rent out their location for the weekend and then everyone is happy.

Brian
Brian

You need to read the Constitution, the 14th amendment to start with.  It is a private business and they can close AND refuse to serve anyone they want as long as it is not on the basis of race, sex, or dissability.  

Terrance
Terrance

No...you can't close a business that is open for every weekend of the year and then close it when the majority of participants are black. It is illegal.

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