From Richard Rostron of Woodstock:
Smithsonian African American museum poster on ‘Whiteness’ speaks volumes about ‘Blackness’
Definition of objectivity
: the quality or character of being objective : lack of favoritism toward one side or another : freedom from bias
I wonder how it would go over if I created a poster titled: “Aspects & Assumptions of Blackness & Black Culture in the United States?”
Can you picture the uproar?
For that matter, just suggesting the idea is liable to create an angry response
But that’s what the National Museum of African American History and Culture created – though theirs was about “Whiteness & White Culture.”
The first thing about their poster is that, apparently, they may have recognized the double standard, or one of the other problems with the poster, because they took it down fairly quickly.
When I say ‘other problems’ I’m referring to the content of the poster.
No, I’m not about to launch into a defense of ‘whiteness’ or a tirade about how I ‘feel offended.’
I don’t feel offended.
In fact, I generally agree with the content of their poster, though I don’t think the content is limited to whites or any kind indication of ‘whiteness.’
Rather, I think the poster says more about the attitude of many blacks (and whites) in America today.
Unfortunately, it’s ludicrous.
The poster is broken down into the following categories that indicate “Whiteness & White Culture”:
- Rugged Individualism
- Family Structure
- Emphasis on Scientific Method
- History (White/Western History)
- Protestant Work Ethic
- Status, Power & Authority
- Future Orientation
Rugged or not, I believe that the individual matters
It’s the essence of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
What exactly is the point of our existence if individualism doesn’t matter?
This helps make sense of reports that the leaders of Black Lives Matter are confessed Marxists; In Marxism, rather than E Pluribus Unum“Out of Many, One,” Marxists believe, “Out of Many, Many.”
The individual doesn’t matter.
This explains why Stalin and Mao each killed more of their own people than Hitler did of his.
It explains why the Soviet Army in WWII would have their men lock arms and walk across a mine field, with machine guns as an ‘incentive’ behind them, for the expediency of clearing the mines fields quickly.
Those individuals blown up by the mines were ‘expendable’.
In terms of “Family Structure,” I understand the problem blacks have with this issue.
I understand that, before LBJ’s ‘Great Society,’ blacks had a relatively strong family structure.
The entitlement programs started under President Johnson in 1965 radically changed all that (yes, whites also received entitlements, but with the same effects).
I also agree with the idea of a solid work ethic.
The assumption today is that a work ethic isn’t necessary.
I guess, as long as the cell phone is connected and the PS4 works, what’s the point?
But if everyone took that attitude, the many, and a lot of individuals, would get hungry in a pretty fast hurry.
Uhm, Western Civ is not a mandatory subject at most universities anymore.
I guess that’s not good enough.
Will they be satisfied when we abolish any reference to the history of how this nation was created (probably not)?
I think we’ve done an admirable job of showing a willingness to consider other cultures and the histories of other peoples.
Ce la vie!
Whites aren’t the only race that has religion though, amazingly, secular America seems to have largely declared a form of war on Christian religions today.
I suggested to a young person that, if they were born in the Middle East, they would probably be inclined to rebel against Islam.
The difference is that, over there, they might have their heads cut off for doing so.
Whites tend to plan for the future and hope for a better tomorro
Well … YEAH!!
If you’re telling me that blacks don’t have hope for a better future, I would say that fits with my sense of what underprivileged Americans of all colors really need, and need far more than entitlem
They need inspiration, with some perspiration (harkening back to that racist work ethic).
But, above all, someone needs to tell them that they, too, can succeed.
I could go on, but this is getting a bit long already.
So I’ll cut to the chase.
All the points I made above don’t matter.
They don’t matter because they’re based on that racist notion of “Objective, rational linear thinking.”
I guess it was racist of me to consider the ‘Whiteness’ poster from an objective perspective.
I just can’t help myself.
In fact, I’m not sure how to talk about the poster without getting all ‘rational’ on you.
This explains a lot.
It explains how the media justifies blatant Leftist bias.
I look at the bias and say, “They’re not being objective
They look at my response and say, “Racist!”
It’s all subjective.
Everything is subjective
The truth doesn’t matter.
What really matters is how you feel right now.
Of course, it’s objective of me to say so (there I go again).
I’ve pointed out before that, with the Left’s frequent attacks on America as a terrible and “systemically racist” nation, if the Founders – 55 white men, including slave owners – hadn’t created a nation based on liberty and the rights of the individual – we wouldn’t have an inclination to consider racial issues at all.
If the Founders, flawed though they were, hadn’t created a nation based on liberty, there wouldn’t have been any impetus for an anti-slavery movement or a Civil War that decided the issue (yes, terrible as it is to suggest, if not for white men, we would, presumably still have black slaves in this country, if the nation existed at all).
There would have been no inclination to fight Jim Crow and Segregation.
We wouldn’t have seen Civil Rights laws, Affirmative Action or the election of blacks to public office.
Major sport leagues would still be white.
Actors and actresses would still be white.
There would, truly, be little hope for blacks.
Well, there wouldn’t be much hope for whites either, unless they were among the true elite who wrote and enforced the ‘subjective’ rules.
This also explains why the Left is tearing down statues and trying to destroy our history.
If our history was as bad as they say it is, they wouldn’t destroy it
They would hold it up and rub it in our faces every minute of every day.
But, while America is guilty of slavery, on the opposite side of the ledger, America also fought a war that killed 1 out of every 50 Americans (1 out of every 5 to wear a uniform).
But this is all terribly objective of me.
There I go again.