July 31, 2017
Vol. 22, No. 44
Books & Arts
Readers of The Scrapbook will recall the recent item about L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood, where some locals mounted a campaign against an art gallery, claiming it represented an intrusion of gringo culture into the predominantly Hispanic community (see “White Out,” March 6, 2017). The activists are back at it, this time doing their best to drive out a coffeehouse that poses a gentrification threat.
The Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement led the effort against the small and short-lived nonprofit art gallery PSSST, confronting the gallery’s patrons, yelling at the artsy interlopers to go away, spray-painting the building with racist slogans such as “F— White Art.Read more
Harvard is banishing the off-campus “final clubs” that have functioned for generations as the school’s equivalent of fraternities and sororities, as Naomi Schaefer Riley reports elsewhere in this issue. The university has its reasons, most notably a contentious claim that the clubs foster a culture of sexual assault. But laughably, the school’s justification for impinging on students’ freedom of association includes the complaint that the clubbable crowd has the nerve to dress up on occasion.
“As many have noted, final clubs reinforce existing campus inequities,” proclaimed the university’s Committee on the Unrecognized Single-Gender Social Organizations.Read more
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