Cuz We’re So Hood?

Apparently all the Ivy League shenanigans this past semester have inspired Smart Crew to create a piece of “artwork” which has been deemed “Ivy League League Vandals 2010.”

A tipster sent us a picture of this graffiti and a link to the website entitled Smart Crew USA Writers Club.  According to Wikipedia, Smart Crew is:

a graffiti crew from Queens, NY, that was formed by SYCO13, MEY (Meyhem Lauren) and LUK around 1997. Throughout the years, the crew has acquired members and has become a collective of various artists including DCEVE, KORN, ACTION BRONSON, and MARTY. Their crew logo consists of an Old English style “S” with the image of a graduation cap on top.

First,  Smart Crew’s fans decided to introduce this artwork with an Einstein quote – “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” So to fully learn  — you better, right now,  forget  everything you just crammed in the last few weeks. I’m sure that won’t be too hard.

Here are the pictures:

If Einstein wasn’t enough, that had to boost their Ivy cred and cram a Marx quote saying “the smart people will get it” at the bottom of their post.  Really, Smart Crew fans did you have to pull a Faulkner?

Ok, so smart people, do you GET IT? Leave your reactions and musings on how this adds to something in the comments below.

Alleged “White Guilt” Spray-Painter is a Tease

Earlier this month, Maureen and I linked to a series of Yale Daily News articles devoted to “WHITE GUILT,” the enigmatic message sprayed rather artlessly on Dwight Hall at Yale, and on buildings at two prep schools nearby. Given the graffiti’s vagueness, it is not surprising that literally everyone that was interviewed by YDN could not understand what the vandal was trying to get at, especially since Dwight Hall, which is the Center of Public Service and Social Justice, and whose message, according to its website, is “to foster civic-minded student leaders and to promote service and activism in New Haven and around the world.”

This past Friday, a person under the pseudonym of “White Guilt” emailed us claiming to be the perpetrator behind the graffiti:

From: White Guilt <whiteguilt@[redacted].com>
Date: Oct 24, 2008, at 2:39 PM
Subject: MAUREEN O CONNOR AND JAMES YU!
To: tips@ivygateblog.com

I love you!

Thanks for the (small) love tap there on my Yale graffiti. I have another project in mind that goes beyond the scope of writing “white guilt” on a (oops…) center for civil justice. It’s true that I am just a stupid bored kid, like some media types have said. Probably the
dumbest thing ive done yet is getting in touch with you. However! I wasnt expecting media attention so that’s encouraged me to expand the scope.

As kids who attend Ivy League schools, I’d like to know what issues you think are being ignored in discussions both inside and OUTSIDE classrooms? What are some classes YOU would like to see taught in Ivy League schools, like yale? I think this project is going to get a lot of attention if its sucessful so I want to do a lot of thinking about its intention before I go through with it. I stupidly pulled the trigger too early last night so theres gonna be some more Yale media attention and it cant happen for a while… Anyway, I’d really appreciate your input and I hope I dont regret getting in touch!

thanks much,
<3

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