Smithsonian Museum Says Objective Thinking, Self-Reliance Are Signs of ‘Whiteness’

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

The Smithsonian’s National African American History Museum has recently issued a list of characteristics that it attributes to “whiteness” in the U.S., including “self-reliance” and the “nuclear family.”

The story: The National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) published an article on its website that discusses “whiteness” and white culture. The article claimed that white people and their culture are perceived as “normal” but people of color have to “always consider their racial identity, whatever the situation, due to the systemic and interpersonal racism that still exists.”

“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,” the piece proclaims.”Being white does not mean you haven’t experienced hardships or oppression. Being white does mean you have not faced hardships or oppression based on the color of your skin.”

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