Oh, this is no joke.
What we have here is a combination of “racism fever,” complete incompetence, and sheer stupidity.
Laura Italiano of The New York Post writes, “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture has a little-known but controversial section on ‘whiteness’ that is creating a stir on Twitter.”
I would say “creating a stir” is an odd choice of words.
Please continue with the rest of the blog, and then think about what these actions and statements cause you to think.
“The museum’s online description of the exhibit was tweeted out on Wednesday by Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner.”
‘“The National Museum of African American History & Culture wants to make you aware of certain signs of “whiteness:” Individualism, hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, and more,’ York tweeted.”
Yes…, much more.
“In an Examiner opinion piece on Thursday, York pointed out the oddity of so many universally positive attributes being ascribed to ‘whiteness.’”
‘“Most of the attributes listed seem to be a recipe for success for anyone,’ he wrote.”
‘“Certainly, millions of black Americans work hard every day, respect individual effort, plan for the future, are polite to others, and so on. It seems odd to attribute that to “whiteness,” as opposed to, say, the everyday values of trying to lead a successful life.’”
Saying this is “odd” is quite an understatement.
These black Americans are obviously all “Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas,” Mr. York, and would not really be considered “black” by the likes of the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Colin Kaepernick, or even Joe Biden.
‘“Yet according to the National Museum of African American History & Culture, “whiteness” it is.’”
“The original tweet had been retweeted, and liked, more than 22,000 times by Thursday afternoon.”
Who are these people “liking” this completely racist, bigoted and brainless determinations, be they white, black, or whatever?!
‘“Not gonna lie, they nailed us in the food section: “bland is best,”’ Washington Post data reporter and self-described ‘Born-again Minnesotan’ Christopher Ingraham quipped in response.”
I’m not gonna lie either…, you’re an idiot, Mr. Ingraham.
When you were “born-again,” were you born without a brain?
I can’t even begin to comment on the level of assumed stereotypical stupidness and self-importance that it took to make that comment.
Here we have ONE stupid white guy out of 220 MILLION white people, and he presumes to stereotype us all and speak for the entire white population.
All I can say is his level of stupidity is quite impressive.
BUT HE IS NOWHERE, NOWHERE NEAR THE LEVEL OF STUPIDITY DEMONSTRATED BY THESE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE PEOPLE!!!
Do these people working there have ANY qualifications?
Actually, I’m sure they all have very impressive educational resumes…, but what does that tell you about our institutions of “higher” learning?
“On Thursday, York noted that the DC museum, one of the most successful in the Smithsonian system (at least with all of the liberal tools), gets $33 million in federal funding (I’m paying for this!) and has been supported by ‘the Lilly Endowment, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Express, Bank of America, 3M, Boeing, Michael Jordan, Kaiser Permanente, the Rockefeller Foundation, Target, UnitedHealth, Walmart, and many more.’”
You can’t get much more politically correct than donating tons of money to The National Museum of African American History & Culture.
And, how exactly do they measure being “successful?”
By the amount of money they manage to bring in, I assume.
It wouldn’t have anything to do with the quality of their exhibits or anything like that.
Marina Watts for Newsweek [sometimes referred to as “Weaknews”] added, “The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture recently unveiled guidelines for talking about race.”
How nice of you all to assume that responsibility!
And what an invaluable set of guidelines they are!
“A graphic displayed in the guidelines, entitled ‘Aspects and Assumptions of Whiteness in the United States,’ declares that rational thinking and hard work, among others, are white values.”
“In the section, Smithsonian declares that ‘objective, rational, linear thinking,’ ‘quantitative emphasis,’ ‘hard work before play,’ and various other values are aspects and assumptions of whiteness.”
I’m just trying to imagine the collection of racist idiots, sitting in a conference room somewhere inside the esteemed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, kicking around these “assumptions of whiteness.”
“They referred to the website’s page titled ‘Whiteness’ when asked for additional comment. The graphic was later removed from the page.”
I guess “taking responsibility” isn’t a quality that we should attribute to these representatives of African American culture either.
‘“White dominant culture, or whiteness, refers to the ways white people and their traditions, attitudes, and ways of life have been normalized over time and are now considered standard practices in the United States’ the introduction to the section reads. ‘And since white people still hold most of the institutional power in America, we have all internalized some aspects of white culture— including people of color.’”
“Another section says that white values include ‘steak and potatoes: bland is best’ and that white people have ‘no tolerance for deviation from a ‘single god’ concept.’”
“Other subsections deal with ‘family structure,’ ‘rugged individualism,’ ‘Protestant work ethic’ and ‘aesthetics [Concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art.].’”
“The ‘White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack’ section says that white people do not need to worry about certain things, such as doing things alone without being followed or harassed, along with feeling that their race is properly represented.
‘“Thinking about race is very different for nonwhite persons living in America,’ the Smithsonian site continues. ‘People of color must always consider their racial identity, whatever the situation, due to the systemic and interpersonal racism that still exists.’”
“On July 15, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture clarified their portal’s intentions and how readers should approach the information. ‘At a time when the soul of our country is being tested, our Talking About Race portal will help individuals and communities foster constructive conversations and much needed dialogue about one of our nation’s most challenging topics: Racism and its corrosive impact,’ the museum began a Twitter thread.”
I’m not sure about helping to “foster constructive conversations,” but I do know you’ve given us an example “racism and it’s corrosive impact.”
‘“America is once again facing the challenge of race, a challenge that needs all of our understanding and commitment,’ it continued. ‘Our portal was designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and how forces shape every aspect of our society.’”
In this regard, The National Museum of African American History & Culture has failed miserably.
Spencer Crew is serving as the Interim Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). He is also the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History at George Mason University.
As the Interim Director, he has some level of responsibility here.
The Museum Council consists of:
Kenneth Irvine Chenault
Chairman and managing director, General Catalyst
Vice Chair of Advancement Committee
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cerevel Therapeutics
Franklin D. Raines
Vice Chair of Finance Committee
Former chairman and CEO, Fannie Mae; former director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Ruth J. Simmons
Vice Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee
President, Prairie View A&M University; President Emerita, Brown University
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
COO and Group President, Starbucks
Lonnie G. Bunch, III
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Laura W. Bush
Former first lady of the United States of America
Principal, LRMR Ventures
James I. Cash, Jr.
James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business School
Kenneth L. Coleman
Chairman, Saama Technologies, Inc.
Board Director, Etsy, Slack, and EQT Partners
Kenneth C. Frazier
President and CEO, Merck & Co.
LaTanya R. Jackson
Actress, director, and producer
Linda Johnson Rice
Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
Robert L. Johnson
Founder and Chairman, The RLJ Companies; founder and former Chairman, Black Entertainment Television, Inc.
Quincy D. Jones
Producer and CEO, Quincy Jones Productions, Inc.
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Monumental Sports
Doris Matsui (D-CA 6th District)
Member, United States House of Representatives
Brian T. Moynihan
Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
Charles Edwards Phillips, Jr.
General Colin L. Powell
Retired General, United States Army; former Secretary of State, United States of America
Earl W. Stafford
CEO, The Wentworth Group, LLC
President emeritus, Howard University
President, Ford Foundation
Executive chairman, BlackIvy Group, LLC
Chairman and CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Harpo, Inc.
Robert L. Wright
Co-chairman emeritus, SENTEL Corporation
Richard Dean Parsons
Below are the various curators at the museum:
They all appear very happy, and feeling they’re “all that.”
I would like to know which of these curators are responsible for this display of racist idiocy.
Whoever is responsible should be relieved of their duties at the museum.
The museum should also be issuing a formal apology.
I don’t actually expect either of these things to happen, but I think it is reasonable to expect, nonetheless.
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