Boyle Heights

LAPD are investigating anti-white graffiti as a hate crime — it shouldn’t be

Three art galleries in Boyle Heights, a rapidly gentrifying Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles, were vandalized in October with what authorities are calling “anti-white” graffiti. One instance involved the phrase “Fuck white art” spray-painted across Nicodim Gallery’s storefront grate.

Police are now investigating the string of vandalisms as possible hate crimes. “Because it actually made a reference to anti-white art or anti-white … it’s a hate crime,“ Detective John Parra said.

For the same reason that "reverse racism” doesn’t exist, hate crimes against dominant groups don’t, either. In the face of anti-white graffiti, white people risk hurt feelings, the Latino people of Boyle Heights have a lot more to lose.

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