Friday, 17 July 2020

Smithsonian Museum: Individuality, Objective Thinking Are Signs of "Whiteness"

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the taxpayer-funded Smithsonian Institution, features an article on its website that argues concepts such as objective thinking, individualism, self-reliance, the nuclear family, the scientific method, Christianity, and politeness are signs of “whiteness” that exist as “microaggressions” toward non-whites.

The lengthy piece is simply titled “Whiteness” and is featured under the website’s “Let’s Talk About Race” project. The thesis of the article, as stated in its subheader, is that “since white people in America hold most of the political, institutional, and economic power, they receive advantages that nonwhite groups do not.”

According to the authors, this has “created a culture where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal.”



One passage reads:

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.

The article then quotes “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, in which she writes, “White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.”

According to McIntosh, examples of white privilege include being able to be in the company of people of one’s own race most of the time, being sure that one’s children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race, and being fairly sure that one’s neighbors will be neutral or pleasant.

The article includes an infographic that details various aspects of “white dominant culture,” or “whiteness,” that have been “normalized over time and are now considered standard practices in the United States.”

Per the infographic, the idea of the nuclear family is an example of whiteness that has been “internalized” by all Americans, including “people of color.” That the husband is the head of the household, that children should have their own rooms and be independent are all seen as white dominant culture.

“Objective, rational linear thinking,” “cause and effect relationships,” and “quantitative emphasis,” are also “whiteness,” as are the notions of “hard work is the key to success,” “work before play,” and “if you didn’t meet your goals, you didn’t work hard enough.”

“Heavy value on ownership of goods, space, property,” along with “plan for future” and “delayed gratification” are counted as whiteness as well, as is the belief that “Christianity is the norm.” According to the Smithsonian article, it is white people who have “no tolerance for deviation from single god concept.”

Of course, as one commenter who goes by the handle Cropgun pointed out, this is implying that blacks believe in "collectivism, indolence, subjectivity, contempt and poor impulse control." The Smithsonian, apparently, didn't notice the irony that the definition of racism is holding negative beliefs and attitudes about a race due to stereotyping the race.

The “Talking About Race” project was just launched in late May after the death of black man George Floyd while a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. The museum bills the project as a “new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.”

The Smithsonian declares itself to be the biggest museum, education, and research complex in the world. In the 2020 fiscal year alone, it received $1 billion in federal funding, an amount that constitutes 62 percent of its budget. 

As to the claims made, principles such as those named above, like “the individual is the primary unit” and “independence & autonomy highly valued,” are not tied to race: They are tightly tied to American culture and have led to the success of our country economically and have lifted the masses from poverty for the first time in human history. In fact, those beliefs were a major factor in blacks raising themselves out of poverty after slavery, with poverty among blacks dropping like a stone between the 1920s and 1960 — at least until leftist welfare programs that were designed to destroy the nuclear family led to intergenerational poverty for blacks. Even now, the poverty rate for married blacks is lower than the poverty for whites as a whole. The Smithsonian’s sophistry labeling these core principles “whiteness” is a leftist tactic for gradually destroying our culture in order to radically transform the country .

If these concepts are all mere “whiteness,” according to the screed, then logically it is racist to “impose” them on non-whites. And since the Left is increasingly making whiteness itself a sin, eventually it will be “sinful” for even whites to believe or embody these principles.

Thus, it will be “racist” to believe in individualism. The non-racist belief will be in the collective. It will be “racist” to believe in the nuclear family. Polyamory and the state rearing of children will be the new norm. Rational thinking will be “racist.” Instead, Americans will be encouraged to be ignorant and easily swayed — making them all the easier to control.

And, of course, Christianity will be deemed “racist,” paving the way for it to be cast aside as “the white man’s religion” in order to make way for the religion of the New World Order.

Image: Screenshot from the website of the Smithsonian Museum

Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.

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