A local Brooklyn coffee shop’s Instagram is creating quite the stir. If you’re familiar with New York, you know that certain areas of Brooklyn, such as Bushwick, have been booming for years. Mom and Pop shops are sprouting up, hipsters are infiltrating certain neighborhoods, and the Brooklyn of the ’90s is changing its landscape. This, of course, means that the rent in some popular Brooklyn neighborhoods is sky high due to its recent popularity.
Some people blame the flourishing neighborhoods and high rent on the midwestern hipster transplants, but one Bushwick coffee shop owner decided to go on a rant blaming the “greedy, illuminati” Jews. Fortunately, Brokelyn screen capped enough of Bushwick Coffee Shop’s Instagram rants to uncover the tirade.
Here’s a screen cap of coffee shop owner Michael Avila’s rant:
In case you can’t make it out, here’s some of what Avila says on her company’s Instagram page.
“Ok, what I REALLY want to talk about is how to consider the Jews (oh yes, let’s talk about it) who want a piece or all of Bushwick. My stubborn Bushwick-oroginal[sic] neighbor is a hoarder and a mess- true.. and he’s refused selling his building for lots and lots of money. His building and treatment of it makes the hood look much less attractive and I would like him to either clean up or move along. BUT NOT be bought out by Jews however, who in this case (and many cases separate- SORRY!) function via greed and dominance.”
He continues on with his rant, “Bushwick IS rising and progressing, and bettering, but us contributing or just appreciating this rise and over all positive change do not want to be lumped with greedy infiltrators.”
But that’s not all. The anti-semitic opened fire in Instagram comments as well, where he continued to trash “Jews” comparing them to the Illuminati. As for the landlords? Well, according to Avila they’re just being “bigoted by Jews.”
Of course the Bushwick Coffee Shop got major attention for the Instagram rants and now it appears as though the owner is back peddling on his comments — sort of. Avila told DNAinfo that his comments were “misunderstood.”
“I’m anti-Zionism. It’s about politics, it’s about greed. I’m certainly not anti-Semitic. That would stand against everything I believe I stand for.”
According to Avila, he said the post was a way to create awareness about “greedy landlords.”
“I think some of them took it very personally because they identify so much with their race. It’s fine to have pride in their race. But you’re more than that. Before that, you’re human. I think they took it personally even if it doesn’t to apply to them. Sometimes I feel misunderstood. I’m fine with being misunderstood. I’m quite used to it. I don’t really mind.”
Recently he took to the coffee shop’s Facebook to further free himself of his comments.
“I can’t interview all at once. I trying to accommodate all interviewers. My comments have been misconstrued heavily. Additionally, people always see things as they want to see them.”
[Images via Brokelyn /The Coffee Shop via Facebook]