|SBPDL went so you don't have too|
Suffice it to say, the concept of "whiteness" was predominate in this exhibit and an attitude of "blaming whitey" for all problems that Black people (and Brown people, Asians, Indians, etc. ) face was palpable in each exhibit.
Here is the "Race: Are We So Different?" Initiative in its own words:
The concept of race is embedded in many aspects of American life and impacts our laws and traditions, cultural affiliations and educational systems. It shapes how we see ourselves and are seen by others. To clarify what race is and is not, the American Anthropology Association (AAA) has developed an exhibition, RACE: Are We So Different?, to help individuals understand the contemporary science of human variation; the unique American history of race; and the current cultural experiences and perspectives of race. In June 2011 the exhibition will open at the Museum of Natural History and be on view until December 2011.
RACE: Are We So Different?, an exhibition opening at the National Museum of Natural History in June 2011, will provide a context for engaging the public in the critical and difficult issues surrounding diversity by focusing programs on the tangible context of race. The exhibit provides a platform for initiating programming that invites audiences to actively participate in conversations around this vital topic. The Smithsonian Associates will take the lead in establishing a new collaborative program planning process that supports partnerships across the Smithsonian, leverages audiences historically isolated in individual units, and provides a cost-effective marketing plan. Program planning will include aggregating a combination of at least two exhibitions and fourteen programs presented by a minimum of nine units of the Smithsonian Institution.I decided to make a video of my experience at this exhibit, an event best described as reincarnation of old Soviet Union propaganda used to keep alive the dream of communism and the struggle of the proletariat. Everything used to keep Black-Run America (BRA) alive (reliance on past white racism and segregation to guilt whites into accepting all form of tyrannical affirmative action policies, income inequality - largely due to poor economic decisions on the part of Black people - and lack of access to credit and poor rates of home ownership, "whites only" signs, and the ubiquitous use of the word "whiteness" as some special card to get into the "white privileged" club) is on display in this strange monument to DWL ingenuity.
This single initiative will benefit both the audience in our own back yard and the Smithsonian Institution largely. By instigating a genuine collaborative planning process to develop programming for the Race exhibition we will establish a sustainable working methodology to support pan-institutional consortium programming moving forward, and by taking advantage of the science presented in the exhibition, model respectful and responsible public discourse on the important issue of race in a way that only the Smithsonian can.
|As you leave the exhibit, this is the final image you see.|
All Black failures are only the fault of the individual Black; any Black success speaks to the unified glory of all Black people. We call this concept "Black privilege."
Conversely - as this exhibit shows - all failures of Black people can be blamed on the pernicious invention of whiteness. The white privilege in America is accepting, whether you like it or not, that all failures of Black people rest on your shoulders and you must carry this burden like Atlas -- forever.
Race does matter. Indeed, it matters a lot.
Are we so different?
Well, yes. We are.
A change of plans. Green Week at SBPDL will start on Monday. Also, I'm going to be doing a special look at the upcoming 2011 Southeastern Conference (SEC) football season. I'll profile all 12 SEC teams - all of the schools have student bodies all north of 80 percent white (alumni bases well north of 90 - 95 percent) - and yet the football teams have 75 - 95 percent Black starters. According to Caste Football, the University of Georgia has two white starters on its football, even though nearly every Black player at the school is a "special admission" student, with more than a third of the team "clustered" in a major called "Housing." It seems a lot of schools "cluster" unremarkable Black student-athletes into easy majors.
Black people can barely get into UGA - thanks to the HOPE Scholarship turning the school into an academic heavyweight - and the Black athletes on the football have no business attending the school, but get in thanks to "special admission" status.
It seems at SEC schools, "special admission" is a way to get Black athletes enrolled in school, so that the SEC teams can stay competitive. Funny, UGA opens with Boise State at the Georgia Dome. Boise State will be ranked in the top 10 and starts 16 white players. UGA only starts two. That same day, Brigham Young opens at Ole Miss. BYU will start 14 - 17 whites; the Ole Miss
The SEC once was able to win with teams far whiter than those BYU and Boise State will bring South; now, these same schools expend more energy trying to keep Black athletes enrolled and academically eligible to play, then white alumni of SEC schools expend energy on moving away from the Black Undertow cities of Memphis, Charlotte, Atlanta, Augusta, Mobile, Birmingham, Montgomery, Jackson, Tallahassee, Orlando, and Columbia.
We're going to have some fun with this preview, because it leads toward a pretty cool moment in SEC Football history: the publication of The Opiate of America: College Football, The Southeastern Conference, and Race. 40 years ago, all SEC schools were 98 - 100 percent white. Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee - even though they were burdened with whiteness on their lily-white rosters - where all national powerhouses.
I'm heading to Philadelphia tomorrow (Milwaukee next week). I figure, someone needs to do some investigative reporting from the ground, since that city seems on the verge of some nasty riots.
Just know that I'm a pretty ambitious person and writing about what I know only makes sense. College football (and sports), movies/television, comics book/graphic novels, and Black people. We are going to have some fun in the coming months.
Enjoy the video.