We cannot be free of wokeness in college, nor while reading the liberal media. Now we encounter it in America’s national museums as well.
I learned of the site at hand from a tweet, and then checked it out for myself to ensure it was kosher. The page in question appears at the website of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, a museum in Washington, D.C. that’s part of the Smithsonian Institution. (I’ve long meant to visit it, but haven’t been back “home” in a long time.)
I applauded the museum when it was conceived and then opened, but I had no idea it would be used as a vehicle to purvey Critical Race Theory, along with its narrative of structural racism, white privilege, microaggressions, white fragility, intersectionality, and so on, to the public. There are even video lectures by Robin DiAngelo and bell hooks. It all has the air of the indoctrination sessions given to many American college students, and feels a bit hectoring, as if its presumptions are beyond question.
To see all this, go to the page “Talking about Race: Whiteness“, and read on.
One of the unquestioned presumptions is the delineation below of so called “white culture” in two panels, a delineation that feels forced and even racist. Is this really “white culture”? Do most whites adhere to these values, while people of color do not? Where do they get the data behind it?
What about “Asian culture”, which would seem to coincide with “white culture” in many ways, including the emphasis on hard work? Asians, of course, are considered as “minoritized” people of color. Hispanics, too, are surely seen by many as hard working and religious. Don’t African-Americans adhere to the precept of “hard work as a key to success”?
Note, too, that “emphasis on scientific method” is given as part of white culture. Is that really the case, as opposed to other cultures? In view of the anti-vaxers and predominance of creationists in the U.S., I’d be loath to say that white culture relies any more on “objective, rational, linear thinking” or “cause and effect relationships” than does African-American culture.
Finally, note that “religion”, given as part of white culture, is also an important part of African-American culture by any standard. Yes, there are Black Muslims, but by and large the religion of American blacks is Christianity.
Although of course I may be biased because I’m white—if Jews are considered “white”—I see this as possible denigration of the values of white culture, although perhaps this graph is presented only as a contrast with African-American culture. But if that is the case, why didn’t they also have a diagram of “Aspects and Assumptions of Blackness: Black Culture in the United States”? For if they showed the opposite traits of those given above for Black Culture, it would look exceedingly racist.
At any rate, you can read the page for yourself and make of it what you will. Remember, if you’re an American, your tax dollars are funding this nonsense, a form of nonsense that seems not only distorted, misleading, but positively divisive. Is this kind of stuff going to heal racial divides? I doubt it.
Does such a presentation have any value at all? I doubt that, too.