KABOOM! I Just Read AGAIN The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Website Section On “Whiteness”….How Can That Racist Offal Still Be Up? [Revised]

The official position of the Smithsonian Institution is apparently that white people are a blight on humanity. My head exploded after the first time I became aware of this, in a post that generated a lot of excellent comments in 2020. Like a fool, I assumed the outrageous text (and the chart that earlier post focused on) had been removed. I was wrong.

It’s time to revisit the issue, especially since my head just exploded again.

Here’s a sample of the woke, Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, “1619”-style racist drivel (and libel) that appears on the website of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the “Nation’s Attic’s” most recent major addition. I know most attics have creepy , smelly stuff in them, but this should not be tolerated.The page headlined, “Whiteness” reads in part,

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.

This white-dominant culture also operates as a social mechanism that grants advantages to white people, since they can navigate society both by feeling normal and being viewed as normal. Persons who identify as white rarely have to think about their racial identity because they live within a culture where whiteness has been normalized

Thinking about race is very different for nonwhite persons living in America. People of color must always consider their racial identity, whatever the situation, due to the systemic and interpersonal racism that still exists.  

Whiteness (and its accepted normality) also exist as everyday microaggressions toward people of color. Acts of microaggressions include verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults toward nonwhites. Whether intentional or not, these attitudes communicate hostile, derogatory, or harmful messages.

Since white people in America hold most of the political, institutional, and economic power, they receive advantages that nonwhite groups do not. These benefits and advantages, of varying degrees, are known as white privilege. For many white people, this can be hard to hear, understand, or accept – but it is true. If you are white in America, you have benefited from the color of your skin….

There is no justifiable reason for including such a page at all. It is an irresponsible and intentionally inflammatory and divisive way to describe a basic life phenomenon that is definitely relevant to the black experience in the United States but need not be framed as a racial issue. All minority groups in any society have inevitable problems and challenges that accompany not belonging to the majority group. Blaming and demonizing the majority group for these is hateful, juvenile, unfair and obnoxious, leading to group hostility. Only 12% of Americans are African-American. If an individual feels being a minority in a nation is so burdensome that it over-balances the other advantages of being in that society, the rational solution is to live in a society where your group is a majority. Constantly impugning the majority for being a majority only increases the complaining group’s paranoia and perpetual victim status, while ensuring societal tensions.

I only remembered this racist screed (I really think my mind repressed it) when I read about a white-hating black school board member in Jackson, Michigan who is under fire for posting on social media such sentiments as,

  • “Working/living in/around/with white folks is incredibly difficult. Being subjected to them/their violence & treachery is severely abrasive..”
  • “White people don’t care.. most of them. It’s tough working/living among them…”
  • “Another reason why white supremacy exists… white women.”
  • “Whiteness is so evil.”

The woman has been challenged on her racist rhetoric, which some feel (!) is inappropriate for a school board member in a community with a majority of white children. Her defiant answer is an appeal to authority: the National Museum of African American History and Culture website. Her posts are just a short-hand version of what the “Whiteness” page says, after all. It’s science!

Fortunately, few people visit that site; I know I only have twice, due to my sock drawer crisis. Or maybe not so fortunately: how many members of Congress know about that hateful claptrap? The Smithsonian isn’t a government entity but it is treated like one and has the prestige of one; it is also on the National Mall. I drive past it regularly on my way to downtown D.C. Now I know that the place regards my very existence as a “microaggression.”

The termites of leftist cant are everywhere, and their destruction just has to be addressed whenever a rotten floorboard cracks. Like the original proposed signage on the Enola Gay at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (a description that was to suggest that the bombing of Hiroshima was a genocidal war crime), the “Whiteness” text needs to be exposed, condemned, and dropped. Such opinions are more than adequately expressed in the writings of race-hucksters like Ibram X. Kendi and Nikole Hannah-Jones. The Smithsonian and all of its museums are supposed to represent all Americans, and it is unethical for the Institution to fuel racial distrust.

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ADDENDUM: The “Whiteness” page also gives encouragement and support to people like this…

12 thoughts on “KABOOM! I Just Read AGAIN The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Website Section On “Whiteness”….How Can That Racist Offal Still Be Up? [Revised]

  1. I just browsed the entire Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culturewebsite, FYI, you really have to deep dive into the links within links, within links within links to find things that aren’t on their pull down menus. I’m absolutely astonished at the amount of in-your-face anti-white racism that’s emanating from every corner of that website, sure there are historical facts regarding what some black people have accomplished in the face of racial hatred and facts about slavery, but this is pure anti-white racism and some of it reads like a black supremacist version of the KKK.

    It appears that they have extrapolated the previously deleted poster below and turned it into one absurd article after another all with one specific purpose in mind, demonizing all things they consider “white”.

    In my opinion, with the levels of anti-white racism on that site it’s clear to me that they have black supremacist running that site and their outreach is brainwashing other to think like them, these people are racists.

    • As non-white, I think it’s hilarious that those moronic lefties think that most of the attributes and characteristics that poster assign to whites are bad or negative; it says a lot about those lefties and what they think of the people that pretend to stand up for and defend!!

  2. “All minority groups in any society have inevitable problems and challenges that accompany not belonging to the majority group.”

    And not even all (or even many) of the challenges they often identify are caused by belonging to a minority group–it’s often simply differences between sub-groups caused by either natural variation or some other characteristic (usually economic) that are then assumed to be caused by, rather than correlated with, skin color.

    It’s as stupid and biased as Michael Scott assuming that Stanley will be good at basketball because he’s black in The Office, and it pains me that otherwise intelligent people fail to see how they’re doing that.

  3. Jack wrote:

    The Smithsonian and all of its museums are supposed to represent all Americans, and it is unethical for the Institution to fuel racial distrust.

    Not only that, it is utterly unethical for them to allow one race to be blamed for the misfortunes of another. Even if it were true at one time, it is neither culturally nor institutionally true today. This sort of retrograde blame-placing is bound to produce the very thing against which their opprobrium is directed.

    I suspect this because I have found myself, a time or two, with an urge to react to such claims by validating them. If I am to be blamed for racism, why not give them a reason, the little Satan on my shoulder sometimes avers.

    I suspect that little devil is on a lot of shoulders, for the same reason. Having a “conversation” that casts white people as moral inferiors to non-whites is itself a form of racism, not only because it isn’t true, but because the authors can’t possibly think (except maybe in their tiny bubble) that white people will just accept it as truth.

    Unethical. Worse, unethical and sponsored/supported by our tax dollars. That page has absolutely no redeeming value other than to possibly demonstrate the value of free speech.

  4. UGH!

    I am annoyed by these things to no end. One reason is this, a quote from the website:

    “ 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. ”

    I do not believe them. They do not want to discuss race honestly. They want to discuss race within the parameters they set, including White Privilege, White Supremacy, and White Fragility.

    If they really wanted to discuss things honestly, they would have to consider that some races are superior to others.

    Of course, “superior” has no clear meaning. Let’s just assume that Asian people are superior to white people in math and science. (Of course, culture seems for more relevant than any inherent characteristic.)

    Of course, a similar assumption could be made about white people as compared to black people (or Hispanics).

    Even assuming there could be such a racial hierarchy (if you want to have an honest discussion about race, you have to consider all option), the first question is: is that true?

    I suspect not, but the issue must be addressed (if you are being honest).

    Secondly, the question is, even if it is true, does it matter?

    Kant had a low bar on this, I would maintain. Even if there is a clear hierarchy in intellectual superiority (Asian, White, Black, Native American/Latino), moral agency is a great equalizer. Even if one racial class if demonstrably superior to another race, that “superiority” is essentially meaningless when one compares one moral being to another.

    I fancy myself intellectually superior to most people; Garrison Keillor tells me I am above average. But, by moral analogy, people far dumber than I am are accorded the privilege of self-governance. So, even if I am far superior to my fellow man (did I mention my Irish extraction, which, by itself, is clear evidence in support of my claim), I am an equal to my fellow citizens (or, they are equal to me).

    Having said all of this, it does not matter one bit to me if someone were to prove that Asians were intellectually superior to me. First, I doubt it is true (race is a notion that racists and race hustlers (but I repeat myself) like to use to make money), but, even if it is true as a demonstrable proposition, I do not believe it matter.

    However, such statements are not permissible in this context because they really do not want an honest discussion about race. They want their discussion. They do not want their assumptions questioned.

    They do not want their structure questioned.

    They are completely willing to engage in an honest discussion of race, as long as you accept all of their assumptions from the outset.

    -Jut

  5. I admit I was acutely aware of my whiteness when I was working in Public Health providing in-house care for patients in the various public housing projects of Brooklyn, occupied by POC. I was acutely aware of my whiteness when working as a messenger, I brought packages to the houses of Harlem in the ’60s. I was acutely aware of my whiteness when, as an EMT/Paramedic, I climbed up four flights to deliver babies of color in tenements. I was acutely aware of my color when leaving our ambulance to respond to an emergency in the Bronx, then returning to find the ambulance and all the life-saving equipment had been stolen.
    In all those situations my whiteness provided me the opportunity to provide service to multicultural people. At the same time, my whiteness put a target on my back. It made me the victim of gang violence, mugging, ridicule, derision, and gave me the opportunity to be cursed and spat upon.

    • This is why I am glad the poster still resides on their website. It is the progressive’s equitant of statues of Stonewall Jackson or Robert E. Lee or Malcolm X or George Floyd. Except that, it is a pinpoint of now, not just of history. A pinpoint that boasts, “This is what we believe … do you”.

      Don’t remove it. Amplify it. Make tee shirts with this poster emblazed across your chest. Force people to examine if this suggested foundation of really is the direction our culture needs to follow. A new culture that abandons the country’s past successes, but due to lack of immediate perfection (in an historical timeline), one that proclaims all remaining inequities within our society as products of white racism.

      It is not about race. It is about culture.

      All people are created equal … not all cultures are. The American culture, distilled down to its essences, is about individuality, not tribalism or the collective. Three hundred million equal individuals are impossible to control. However, a few dozen groups, isolated from each other, are not.
      It is not about culture. It is about control.

      Control over the individual, and such control denotes supreme power.

      It is not about control. It is about supreme power.

      “I see four fingers.” BITE ME!

  6. re ADDENDUM: I have it on good authority (I made it up) that the conference had originally tried to locate a minority version of the infamous 1992 “Math is hard” talking Barbie as a gag presentation. They were unsuccessful in finding one; Leyva’s offering was scheduled as a substitute.

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