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Readers React: Something about the Boyle Heights anti-gentrification movement feels familiar

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018: A mural painted on the wall of Self Help Graphics a
A mural in Boyle Heights, where activists have been battling gentrification.
(Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: The Boyle Heights masked men intent on keeping art galleries and other signs of gentrification out of the neighborhood are taking a page right out of the KKK playbook. They are protecting their neighborhood from different ethnic groups just as the hooded Klansmen protected their areas in the Deep South.

The funny thing about this display of ethnocentrism is that not long before the neighborhood became largely Latino, it was the home of thousands of Jewish settlers fleeing persecution in Europe and Asia.

Mark Walker, Chino Hills

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