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The National Museum of African American History and Culture, a taxpayer-funded institution, is teaching people that those traits that define quality character — polite behavior, hard work ethic, respect for authority, etc. — are part of “white culture.”
In other words, the Smithsonian Institution museum is teaching people, including impressionable children, that being a quality person doesn’t compute with being black or really any other minority, be it Asian, Hispanic, etc.
Here’s the proof:
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, more. (via @RpwWilliams)https://t.co/k9X3u4Suas pic.twitter.com/gWYOeEh4vu
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 15, 2020
This astounding document can be found on a page on the museum’s website.
Titled “Whiteness,” the page offers a stunningly racist analysis of what it allegedly means to be a white person.
“Whiteness and white racialized identity refer to the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups of are compared,” the disturbing page reads.
“Whiteness is also at the core of understanding race in America. 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.”
And apparently, the nearly universally accepted standards that call for being polite, protecting due process rights, planning for the future, abiding by time schedules and testing hypotheses through the scientific method are all part of this “white culture.”
Hilariously enough, under a section about white supremacy, the page warns of the “pseudo-science used to justify slavery, imperialism, colonialism, and genocide at various times in throughout history.”
Whoever wrote the page was apparently unaware that what he or she was spouting about “whiteness” was itself pseudoscience — dangerous pseudoscience, at that.
It’s ironic, given as everything about the page reeks of its own white supremacy, as noted by a growing contingent of critics:
Do I have this right, the National Museum of African American History & Culture is promoting white supremacy? https://t.co/sQUrhedipv
— Dan Proft (@DanProft) July 16, 2020
So the National Museum of African American Heritage is saying black people can’t be individuals, can’t be on time, can’t form a nuclear family, cant use rational thinking, work hard etc because they are forms of “white supremacy”.
What a racist, demeaning foundation. https://t.co/in9FKxxXUa
— 🎹🇺🇲🙏 (@SportsNoBS) July 16, 2020
Imagine thinking black folk dont also follow this format.
Imagine thinking black families dont also follow the MomDad2-3Kids format, dont also work hard for themselves and dont value individuality.
I’m sorry, whos the real racist here???
— Tired Tonberry (-_＼) (@WallyintheAlley) July 15, 2020
This museum’s statements are some of the most racist I have ever seen. They list the most important qualities needed for happiness and success and attribute them to white people, as opposed to Af Ams. Insane. This is shameful. Talk about low expectations! @NMAAHC
— ZeeTeeAy (@ZeeTeeAy) July 15, 2020
If you’re saying that rationality and objectivity are part of “whiteness”, then that doesn’t exactly convey the message you think it does. For a moment, I actually thought this was written by a white supremacist.
— Celestia✨ (@hues_of_mercury) July 15, 2020
So working hard, family, religion, self respect, education equals “whiteness” 🤔 Anyone regardless of color, creed, religion who follows these steps will achieve success both in business and family life. This museum should be ashamed for this racist article. Shameful really.
— FJN (@FernandoJNunez) July 16, 2020
Wow is this is racist. A decade ago, a person who made this would be attacked (and rightly so) for implying non-white culitire is lazy, muddleheaded, impulsive…
— Popcorn Mike (@PopcornMike3) July 16, 2020
Note what the latter Twitter user wrote how the writer of the page and document would have been slammed a decade ago for being racist.
Yet as of Thursday morning, no mainstream media outlet in America save for Fox News had thought this story worthy of writing about.
However, The Washington Post had picked up a related story about how a group of black former employees and board members of the museum have written a letter accusing the museum of “promoting a culture of racism and saying formal reports about racial bias and attacks have been ignored.”
“[T]he unidentified individuals say that more than 10 former and current black employees of the museum dedicated to African art and culture have experienced ‘incidents of racial bias, hostile verbal attacks, retaliation, terminations, microaggressions and degrading comments’ that date back at least five years,” the Post reported.
Here’s the kicker: “The museum’s staff is predominantly white, with no curators of color, and complaints by black employees about their treatment have been systematically disregarded.”
The evidence, therefore, suggests it was white people who wrote the racist screed on the museum’s “Whiteness” page.
It was certainly a white person — Judith H. Katz — whose work inspired the “White Culture” document seen up top, according to reports.
“The graphic cites data from a 1990 paper by Judith H. Katz titled, ‘Some Aspects and Assumptions of White Culture in the United States,'” National Review has confirmed.
“Since 2007, Katz has worked as an advisor for a nonprofit organization called Net Impact, which says it partners with some of the country’s most powerful companies, including ExxonMobil, 3M, McDonalds, the Coca-Cola Company, Starbucks, Microsoft, the Walt Disney Company, Bank of America, Monsanto, and Nestlé Waters North America.”
She’s basically a person of influence who views herself as an “ally” to minorities, though it’s now clear that her influence is promoting white supremacy, not defeating it …
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