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The National Museum of African American History and Culture Removes Chart on “Whiteness”

The National Museum of African American History and Culture Removes Chart on “Whiteness”

Right, because it’s the chart that’s the problem.

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/whiteness

Yesterday, I blogged about a “discussion” posted by The National Museum of African American History and Culture which explored “whiteness.”

It’s the most racist (in the literal sense of the word, not the diluted into nothingness use) thing I’ve read in a long time and I internet for a living.

Anyway, as a result of public backlash, the museum has removed a chart (which can be found at this link) which attributed things like rugged individualism, nuclear family, scientific method, and work ethic to “whiteness.”

The museum posted the following statement:

In that context, we recently unveiled “Talking About Race,” an online portal providing research, studies, and other academic materials from the fields of history, education, psychology, and human development. Our goal in doing so was to contribute to a discussion on this vitally important subject that millions of Americans are grappling with.  

Since yesterday, certain content in the “Talking About Race” portal has been the subject of questions that we have taken seriously. We have listened to public sentiment and have removed a chart that does not contribute to the productive discussion we had intended.  

The site’s intent and purpose are to foster and cultivate conversations that are respectful and constructive and provide increased understanding. As an educational institution, we value meaningful dialogue and believe that we are stronger when we can pause, listen, and reflect—even when it challenges us to reconsider our approach. We hope that this portal will be an ever-evolving place that will continue to grow, develop, and ensure that we listen to one another in a spirit of civility and common cause. 

Right, because it’s the chart that’s the problem.

The long tirade which states as fact, “whiteness and the normalization of white racial identity throughout America’s history have created a culture where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal,” explains the white privilege theory and directs readers to learn more about how whiteness has established a system of oppression, is still up.

As I mentioned yesterday, the museum is part of the Smithsonian system, which receives at least 62% of its funding from federal sources. So we are literally paying for this.

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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 16, 2020 at 7:48 pm

That is a museum of morally insane administrators.

They should do exhibits on the centuries old AA paper bag test…

If that chart wasn’t prepared by a white person I will be surprised. It is the most racist characterization of blacks since the 1890s I have seen. It is quintessential Democrat politics.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to puhiawa. | July 16, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    It also represented truth on many issues, how dare anyone tell the truth. Feeling will be hurt.

    Then, feeling hurt often enough might lead to badly need change.

      OldSchool in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 16, 2020 at 10:59 pm

      Your opinion is fair enough, but too vague. What truth about what issues? Specifically, what in the chart was truth in your opinion? Which portion(s) ‘hurt feelings’? Which portion(s) are accurate, truthful?

      I ask fairly – so a discussion can be held. Isn’t that the point of all this?

      Regards,
      OldSchool

    Petrushka in reply to puhiawa. | July 17, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Agree it’s the most racist thing I’ve seen, and I grew up in Jim Crow south.

    It reinforces all the worst black stereotypes.

    But in the long run, I think it will lead to constructive dialog.

Imagine, federal tax dollars and employees enabling and supporting this rubbish. Unbelievable, the extent to which the race-obsessed, pro-tribal Balkanization, victimhood-peddling, utterly corrosive Dhimmi-crat narratives have infected all spheres of Americans society, including government and the private sector.

Dantzig93101 | July 16, 2020 at 8:13 pm

The headline will be “Right-wing Extremists Pounce!”

Good start but not good enough. The entire work needs to be pulled and congress should consider closing this museum entirely.

The institutionalized racism toward whites is unacceptable. We are not pushing back hard enough.

Dusty Pitts | July 16, 2020 at 8:27 pm

“Say, who is this source for these whiteness markers…? Who is D. Duke? Daisy?”

I was appalled when I went to DC 3 years ago, every museum, cemetery, everything was permeated with “slavery built this”

I hate it, just hated it

Obama must of had an awful lot to do with that

As a White person I felt I welcomed in “our City”… except for money to be spent that is

And the muslim es, everywhere, full head gear on the women but also fully loaded

    scooterjay in reply to gonzotx. | July 16, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    My wife and I visited DC in October 2018 and I noticed that as well. Funny how the signs didn’t indicate how their ancestry raised them out of third-world poverty

Guess they never heard of Bakke, and so many other areas where there is preferential treatment. What makes it worse is that, mostly, it is the privileged minorities that abuse the remedy, while the underlying issues fester.

There are just too many exceptions to the white fragility narrative, posing as science, that they swallow the rule and it does not even come out the other side.

healthguyfsu | July 16, 2020 at 9:43 pm

In the words of cancel culture, heads should roll over this. People should be fired, blah blah blah unsafe, etc.

It’s funny how when a liberal POC organization like this does something wayyyy over the line, they are learning and that is considered enough. When a white liberal or non-liberal does something even slightly over the line, they are canceled.

BierceAmbrose | July 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm

My modest proposal is to expand tbe scope of what’s normal: add in vs drive out.

“… which states as fact, “whiteness and the normalization of white racial identity…””

– “Typical” is statistics – overwhelmingly common.

– “Normal” is a assessment – this is right, even proper: “normative.”

– There is “accidentally normative”, where the common. becomes expected, then good and proper.

I read the screed, and still wonder which sense of “normalization” they’re claiming, what they propose to do about it beyond complain, and what success would look like beyond “If we decide yr white, you don’t have anything to say about whether yr white, what’s normal, or what to do about it.” They do use a lot of words to say tbat.

“… which attributed things like rugged individualism, nuclear family, scientific method, and work ethic to “whiteness.”

Well, that actually makes me proud of my heritage.

    MajorWood in reply to Mudcat. | July 17, 2020 at 1:20 am

    With privilege comes responsibility. 95% of the complaints about race are actually complaints about culture. Until the priorities of black culture change, nothing else will change.

    I remember a great piece that Daniel Tosh did as a parody of a rapper, where the rapper was throwing down all of his bling as a means of showing off his wealth. When Tosh did it, he was throwing down his 401K, his life insurance, etc instead of gold chains. I guess it was offensive because it was accurate.

and have removed a chart that does not contribute to the productive discussion we had intended.

Huh. I thought it contributed rather a lot. It clarified things, in the same sense that Mein Kampf clarified things in another time and place. As a roadmap for the Master Plan, perhaps someone realized it provided too much clarity, and rushed to take the barn offline after the horse had skarpered.

There is joy in Asiaville as they read this and learn they are really white. The Asian parents wash dishes while their kids study. The American parents wash dishes while their kids watch tv.

Ha, well I don’t check all those boxes, so I guess I am not white.

Somebody really needs to tell these people to get a grip (like around their necks) and understand that many of those values are American values. Just because they are lazy and think they are entitled, give me a break.

The level of applying these stupid, brain dead concepts is mind numbing. Maybe if these people had to work real jobs instead of some made up job, they would have a clue.

Western civilization and history under attack by idiots

According to the chart from the Smithsonian, if one wants to stop being an advocate for “whiteness” and stop their use of it to hurt minorities, then one must support the idea of single mothers as being the best option, that obeying the rules is foolish, that being emotional/angry all the time is best, that one should never trust empirical observations for one’s emotions are a far better gauge of what is really occurring, that setting goals and thinking rationally is the path to failure, that hard work accomplishes nothing, etc. In other words, to support ‘anti-whiteness” one must support anarchy, victimhood, and just about every value that encourages success in life. Really?

“White” is a term originally (circa 1700s) with Anglos – Eastern and Southern Europeans, Scandinavians, Finnish, Mediterraneans, … others were only given “white status” when politically advantageous. Just like now let the Dems and their social justice warriors ignore science and history and simplify humanity into “races of convenience”.

christinalisa606 | July 18, 2020 at 4:07 am

If non-white people see themselves as inferior, why is that white people’s fault?

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