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.
Boyle Heights has been a gateway neighborhood for people from all over the world. Latino Americans, Jewish Americans, Japanese Americas, Italian Americans, Russian Americans, and more got their start in this country on the eastern banks of the L.A. River. Here are a few of their faces, from the 1920’s to 1950’s.