The Museum Fairness Act of 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 03:10pm 18 Comments
I propose that the House and Senate pass, and the President sign into law with the simultaneous appointment of a Museum Czar, The Museum Fairness Act of 2012, to address the concerns of a severely museum-deprived minority.
This is America. Everyone deserves a fair shot at getting a museum.
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Whats the big deal here, this was announced years ago that the Smithsonian was building an African american museum on the mall. Black do have a fairly unique history in the USA that I would say is worthy of national recognition in what is i believe the last area for a museum on the mall.
1. We need to do even more to remedy historical racism. I refer, of course, to the shocking under-representation of minorities in Greco-Roman and Renaissance art.
Touch it up or toss it out.
2. Sarcasm aside: When I just checked and learned that the Holocaust Museum is, in part, federally funded, the phrase ‘slippery slope’ crossed my mind. Who else wants, or already has, their dedicated taxpayer-funded museum? If Latinos don’t, it’s just a matter of time.
Ex uno plures.
3. For clarity: I consider myself no less American for being a hyphenated American. I have no problem with a museum commemorating my (or any other) ethnic group’s experience in America. I just don’t think the taxpayers should fund it.
Why do you think of yourself as a “hyphenated American”?
My ancestry hails from England, Wales, and Germany with a small shot of Scot in the mix. That would be one heck of a long hypenation.
My parents are refugees from the same country, whose cultural heritage they tried to pass on to me and which I respect.
In fact I rarely think of myself as a ‘hyphenated American’—but it’s a label I accept if applied non-pejoratively.
I qualified for dual citizenship after the Iron Curtain collapsed. I chose not to pursue it for a mix of reasons. I have reservations about, but at this time do not outright oppose, multiple citizenship. Ditto for, iirc, the Supreme Court decision that affirmed it.
Thank you for your response….I hope I did not offend you with my question. You are a first generation American, I am second with three of my grandparents being immigrants and one who I can trace back to being here at least three generations before me.
You inserted the words: Ex uno plures
I insert these: E pluribus unum
1. I hope I did not offend you with my question.
It’s thoughtful of you to bring it up, but no, not at all.
2. You inserted the words: Ex uno plures
I insert these: E pluribus unum
Although Ex uno plures is defensible, Ex uno plura might be a better play on E pluribus unum. I intend the expression as a comment on multiculturalism.
Apply for a federal grant. See other government benefits you could get.
On a related topic: How long do we have to put up with having a black history month? What a racket.
They’re not satisfied with one month, they want at least half of the calender year.
“Monuments unto themselves”
That made me laugh out loud…..I now have this vision of a big brown dog walking around the neighborhood saying “ugh”
Now you’ve got me laughing-
(laughing face thingy)
As the de facto mayor of unincorporated Possum Holler NC, I filed a $40,000 grant request with the federal gubmint for a Possum Museum. They were not happy. They demanded I refile and ask for a more reasonable amount, suggesting something in the $10-15 million range. They said $40,000 wasn’t worth their time to write the check. Ordinarily this might upset me, but ever’body know fed money is free money.
I think that a museum dedicated to cranky old white haired guys is way overdue.
About a half billion $$$ should do it…
I certainly think that there should be a Barney Frank Museum filled with fun house mirrors, a Nancy Pelosi Plastic Museum and a Harry Reid Wax Museum.
And, there should be a museum for Illinois politicians who have gone to jail. Al Capone could also have a small exhibit in this museum next to Blago’s hair.