"Save Our State," a Ventura-based group that's against illegal immigration said at a rally Saturday that a piece of public art called "Danza Indigenas" has inscriptions on it that are anti-American.
The art's 20-foot arch has "It was better before they came" and "This land was Mexican once, was Indian always and is, and will be again" written on it.
The work was made 12 years ago by Judy Baca and commissioned by the city. Baca said that the words "it was better before they came" was said by a "white man" complaining about the arrival of Mexican-Americans after WWII.
It's important to remember that there were people here when Christopher Columbus "discovered" America. Seems to me like "Save Our State" needs to sign up for an updated history class -- and learn how to play nice.
Foes of illegal immigration rip monument as 'anti-American' May 16, 2005
AP--Baldwin Park, Calif.