It’s that time of the year when hundreds of young African Americans make a pilgrimage to Galveston beach only to have the doors slammed in their faces. Texas Beach Party Weekend formerly known as KAPPA Beach Week is scheduled for April 20 – 22. The annual event is only weeks away but what I can’t understand is why people continue to go when they’re treated so badly by the city and the business community on the island. If you’re not familiar with the event just check past news coverage and you’ll see what clearly smacks of racism. During Texas Beach Party week, most of the shop owners close their stores, hotels limit their occupancy, cars are towed at an alarming rate, police officers hand out tickets like candy at Halloween, and you get ugly looks. I’m surprised the city hasn’t faced any type of national criticism for the outrageous behavior. In the past business owners claim the young people weren’t spending any money so there was no need to open. So, that means for only one weekend out of a year business is so slow in Galveston that shopkeepers don’t bother to open. I’ll buy that with the beach front property available in Acres Home. What do you think about this situation? Should African Americans find another spring break locale or continue to go despite the welcome mat being pulled in each year?


  1. shakila March 29, 2013 9:48 am 

    I feel that everything is always end up in ties to racism but its not i believe it was stopped because crime rate always went up during that weekend ppl that cant control themselves and their actions not because oh your blck race has nothing to do with it

  2. Lucas Jackson April 1, 2013 1:39 pm 

    Nice accompanying pic of the guys flashing gang signs.

  3. Lucas Jackson April 1, 2013 1:40 pm 

    Oh, and unless they were born in Africa and then migrated here to get their citizenship, they’re Americans. No self-segregating hyphen needed.

  4. Jack April 27, 2013 8:37 am 

    Where is this picture of the cute girls with MOUNTAINS in the background taken? Not in Galveston.

  5. chris April 30, 2013 3:24 pm 

    ” I’m surprised the city hasn’t faced any type of national criticism for the outrageous behavior.”
    I am surprised youre blaming the city’s ‘outrageous behavior’ Lets look at the facts.
    Ive LIVED in Galveston during one of the beach party weekends. Its out of control. Could it be that businesses are closing because they cant afford all the shoplifting that goes on? Or restaurants closing because they cant afford all the walked tabs? Or hotels that cant afford to clean the 1000’s of trashed rooms? Or the city that shouldnt have to pick up the mountains of trash left everywhere?
    Its not 40,000 momma’s little angels coming into the city. They stop traffic. Theyre rude, drunk, loud and dont respect the city. There are always fights and shootings and I say good riddance. Go somewhere else.

  6. OhShit May 30, 2013 12:13 pm 

    i think those are actually frat signs not gang ones but what do i know.

    • Lucas Jackson May 31, 2013 11:19 am 

      Yeah, right. wink wink

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