610 loop was coming on in 15 minutes and I had no idea why.
Traffic was unusually heavy and I’d played it fast and loose with my time this morning
For some reason, it was time to whip everyone in a frenzy about illegal immigration again.
I’ve been told why it’s bad by the media for different reasons at various times whenever there was a need to stir up a frenzy and I haven’t the slightest clue what the fuss is all about, which tells me I really don’t want to have an opinion.
But the big black sign that said “DEPORT”, flanked with picnic-blanket sized protest posters, seemed to slow traffic to a crawl. Why this one when all the others are just zooming by? Maybe because, while it was clear this was a protest, it wasn’t clear what side everyone was on. Another reported sign said “VENGAN”, Spanish for “Welcome!”. This gave the impression from far off that the sign said “DEPORT VEGANS”
Whatever message the folks on I-10 at TC Jester were selling, its clear by the traffic slowdown that it was gawked at by Houstonians during morning rush hour. It also seems clear from commuter’s impressions that nobody is quite clear what it was.
Did the ambiguity contribute to the visibility?
Was it because it was a hot button issue?
Rush hour in a spot devoid of other distractions?
The perfect storm.