The National Museum of African American History & Culture outlines what “whiteness” is including things like delayed gratification, decision-making, the nuclear family, self reliance, objective rational thinking, hard work, respect for authority and more

Jul 16, 2020

The Smithsonian webpage, which is maintained by the federal government, includes an astonishingly racist graphic titled, “Aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture in the United States.”

These “aspects and assumptions” include but are not limited to “rugged individualism,” respect for authority, being polite, and even punctuality. The graphic continues, claiming that white people place a premium on hard work, competitive drive, the “nuclear family,” objectivity, the “scientific method,” self-reliance, and hope.

The obvious implication here is that nonwhites (blacks, Latinos, Asians, and others) are monolithic, lawless, impolite, selfish, lazy, apathetic, irrational, backwards, dependent, and hopeless.




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