There is a page about “whiteness” on The National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the U.S. government-run Smithsonian Institution’s website, according to Breitbart News.
The web page has reportedly been live on the museum’s website for just over a month, according to a search of the Internet Archive.
The page offers definitions and “educational materials” to explain “systemic racism.”
One guide, drawn from “data” on a chart created in 1990, advises that features of “whiteness” include “rugged individualism,” the nuclear family, an “emphasis on the scientific method,” and a belief that “hard work is the key to success.”
The National Museum of African American History & Culture wants to make you aware of certain signs of whiteness: Individualism, hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, more. (via @RpwWilliams)https://t.co/k9X3u4Suas pic.twitter.com/gWYOeEh4vu
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 15, 2020
According to the chart:
“Aspects and Assumptions of White Culture in the United States” include:
Win at all costs
Master and control nature
Must always “do something” about a situation
Aggressiveness and Extroversion
Majority rules (when Whites have power)
Protestant Work Ethic
Hard work is the key to success
Work before play
“If you didn’t meet your goals, you didn’t work hard enough”
Nuclear family (father, mother, 2.3 children is the ideal social unit
Husband is breadwinner and head of household
Wife is homemaker and subordinate to husband
Children should have own rooms, be independent
“Whiteness,” the Smithsonian website declares (original emphasis), “and white racialized identity refer to the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups of are compared. Whiteness is also at the core of understanding race in America. 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.”
It adds (original emphasis): “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. We need to be honest about the ways white people have benefited from racism so we can work toward an equitable, fair and just society.”
The website continued, “If you identify as white, acknowledging your white racial identity and its privileges is a crucial step to help end racism. Facing your whiteness is hard and can result in feelings of guilt, sadness, confusion, defensiveness, or fear.”
The website goes on to explain “what white privilege looks like in day to day living,” including: “If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.”
It advises “concerned citizens”: “Whiteness operates in covert and overt ways that affect all of us. It can appear as practices within an institution or accepted social norms.”
Reportedly, this is not the first occasion that the museum commented on “whiteness.”
— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) May 20, 2016
Using the movie Green Book as a reference, Rankine and Gilmore explore the importance of grappling with whiteness in writing and how we speak out against centering whiteness in narratives. #SeatatOurTable pic.twitter.com/AAFLhQbFna
— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) March 9, 2019
More from Breitbart:
It includes a video in which Dr. Robert DiAngelo, author of the bestselling White Fragility, advises viewers about white racism, including the use of the word “sketchy” to describe dangerous neighborhoods, which she says is a racist concept within “the white mind.”
As a remedy, it advises the public to “combat” aspects of whiteness.
The museum’s annual budget includes roughly $33 million from U.S. taxpayers, with the remainder provided by donors.
Breitbart News reached out to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for comment Tuesday morning; no response has been received yet.