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