Thursday, July 16, 2020

This Is What Racism Looks Like - From the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Here I go, getting in trouble again. This post would probably get me fired if I were still employed, even canceled. It is where we are.
Byron York is a journalist at the Washington Examiner, someone I trust and respect for his independence, fairness, and integrity. On Twitter, he courageously posted links from the National Museum of African American History & Culture that I found very alarming. They are from the Museum's website.
The Museum, which I have been hoping but unable to visit, is part of the Smithsonian and receives considerable federal funding. They also attract considerable private support, as outlined here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/about/founding-donors
Their website has posted a site on "whiteness." It is worth your time and found here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/whiteness
I find it much of it incredibly racist and divisive. So much for Martin Luther King's dream for his children for a country that judged people based not on their skin color, but the content of their character. You know the thing. I wonder what he would think of this.
Here are some charts you will find on the website. You will be amazed at the characterizations of "whiteness" that the Museum, funded with your tax dollars finds offensive. At least that's how it reads to me. You can make your own judgments. The characteristics demeaned and demonized here are not racial - they are, in fact, represented in Justice Clarence Thomas' life as outlined in his own biographies, among many others (and whose own story has been minimized, if not dissed, by this very Museum). They are things we have heard for years in motivational speeches from the likes of football coaches like Tony Dungy.
I have no history of racism, and it was never tolerated or even an issue in my household. I wasn't raised that way, and neither were my children. My Christian faith has long informed me to treat people of all races as God's creation. Jesus came to earth to break down racial barriers in his offer, his promise, of salvation to all who believe, whether Jew, Gentile, or even the Samaritan woman at the well. All genuine Christians understand this instinctively and intellectually. It is who we are.
I agree with Thomas Sowell that "systemic racism" is meaningless.
I agree with my friend and US Senator, Tim Scott. America has racists, tragically, but we are not a racist country.
I will not be making any plans to visit or support this museum in any fashion.

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