The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) endured only a day of searing criticism before it removed its racist chart on “whiteness” from its website. The site replaced the graphic, which Ethics Alarms reproduced here and here and never wants to see again, with this statement:
At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we believe that any productive conversation on race must start with honesty, respect for others, and an openness to ideas and information that provide new perspectives. 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.
- As I write this, at 4:35 am, only Fox News among the major news outlets has reported the taking down of the chart. I knew about it seven hours ago. The Times? The Post? Nada. Place this in the intentionally downplayed stories category, and the reason, I can only surmise, is that the episode is embarrassing to race-obsessed, Black Lives Matter -supporting ideologues. The mask came off, everyone noticed, and the fall-back strategy now is a Jumbo: “Chart on white stereotypes? What chart on white stereotypes?”
- Yet Fox News is routinely denigrated as adding nothing but right wing bias and disinformation to the news. Add this to the many examples of how Fox News provides a crucial service.
- The statement itself is Authentic Frontier Gibberish, 359 words that could fairly be translated as “huminahumina.”
- “[W]e believe that any productive conversation on race must start with honesty, respect for others, and an openness to ideas and information that provide new perspectives.“ If that’s what you believe, why did the museum publish a chart full of false statements (as in dishonest) like “The King’s English Rules”; ] promote insulting stereotypes about whites (“bland is best”) and blacks (blacks, by implication, don’t embrace the positive traits and habits that characterize whites); and rely on stereotypes that only provide the “new perspective” that the Smithsonian is promoting racial division and the toxic ideology on racist black activists?
- Similarly, if that’s what the museum’s curators and leadership believe. why don’t they defend the chart? Can they defend it? Just taking it down while blathering platitudes suggests full knowledge that what the site had posted couldn’t be defended, and was intended to indoctrinate rather than inform.
- “The subject of questions that we have taken seriously….” but you’re not going to address those questions, or even identify them! If the idea was to promote “productive discussion,” why is the museum deflecting criticism rather than explaining the justification for the chart? It can’t explain or justify it, because the chart is “critical race theory” that has to be accepted as cant. Where is the evidence that the museum takes the questions, whatever they are, “seriously,” other than concluding, “Oops, we got caught. Better hide this and wait”?
- “The site’s intent and purpose are to foster and cultivate conversations that are respectful and constructive and provide increased understanding.” Is this the new rationalization to duck accountability for stupid, dishonest and offensive material and statements? I’ve sure been hearing and reading this a lot lately. “Oh no, we don’t really mean that, necessarily; we’re just trying to foster a constructive conversation!”
- Here, I’ll foster a conversation: who wrote this crap? Who approved it? Who hired them? Why are people that fatuous and bigoted working for the Smithsonian at taxpayer expense? Are there going to be any consequences for their incompetence? I need those questions answered to promote my understanding of what’s going on here…make that what THE HELL is going on here.
- Don’t allow the museum and the anti-white race mob its administrators represent to sweep this under the metaphorical rug with the assistance of the mainstream media. The chart wasn’t an anomaly, it was, or should be, a wake-up call. For example, New York City—admittedly a mess, with a crypto-Communist mayor—is training its teachers to root out “white supremacy culture.” Here’s a slide from one of the training presentations:
Slide? What slide?