Billboard in Austin, Texas, Stirs Controversy with Latino Immigrant Message (Video)
A new billboard in Austin, Texas, is raising eyebrows and controversy (video below).
The billboard depicts people with clenched fists and flags raised over an image of the U.S.-Mexico border and a heart emblazoned with the Mexican flag logo.
The words on the billboard "Arriba Mi Gente" translate to "Up My People" or "My People Arrive."
The Austin Visual Arts Association and Reagan Outdoor Advertising put up 10 pieces of art on billboards on major highways across Austin.
According to BigPicture.net, “Arriba Mi Gente” was selected from more than 100 entries.
“This has been an exciting opportunity to bring together the extraordinary artistic talent across our community and put it on display for all of Austin to see and enjoy,” says Billy Reagan, president of Reagan Outdoor Advertising.
The artist of the billboard Nancy Guevara said the billboard is about the "border and border culture ... I want to inform people and empower people about the culture ... I want Mexican-Americans to know that it is okay to speak Spanish ... we need to be proud of our roots and fight for our rights here."