How do we deal with obvious contradictions?

I saw this article pop up on Facebook a few times today, and I tried to ignore it. Frankly because some opinion pieces online are iffy at best, and my Facebook friends aren’t always reliable sources.

With that said this piece raises an important question, what do we do about having museums like this telling half-truths?

I’m wondering what their mission statement is and how they are handling the reviews already. Being that this site is set to be the go-to for African American history, how are they deciding what side to tell? A national site would be the place to open dialogue, but at the same time its public position might prevent the harsh past to be fully embraced.



2 thoughts on “How do we deal with obvious contradictions?

  1. I think some of them circulate as people “like” certain types of pages like The Crisis or The Grio that maybe have reposted as the opening gets closer.

    By half-truths I mean is the museum going to take its opportunity to deal with African American history that is slavery, Jim Crow, military segregation through the Vietnam War, or are they going to only show the good in the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation and Thurgood Marshall’s triumphs.

    The museum has a unique opportunity here, but I’m wondering how they are dealing with the ugly side of the truth of African American history, how people might feel and express the tougher topics, and what types of programming or events they are working towards to address them, or if they included visitor representation when deciding on what exhibits to create.


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