The National Museum of African American History and Culture, a part of the Smithsonian, is making some decisions lately that are worrisome. They do not reflect a desire to showcase the history or strength and achievements of Black people but rather pay tribute to people like Colin Kaepernick who loudly and without understanding, stage disruptions for attention. While they have announced plans to include the currently less-than-popular athlete, Justice Clarence Thomas has been repeatedly denied a place in their museum.
Kaepernick has certainly made headlines lately but his cringe-worthy statements and “protests” do not serve to help the Black community, only make them look foolish. His continued decision to not stand during the National Anthem has made him a pariah in the football world with the decline in viewership attributed directly to him.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) October 4, 2016
He has posted repeatedly on social media with statements that dishonor America, compare police to slave owners, and show how truly uneducated he is about the world. The majority of the country has turned their back on him and decided to only show concern when it looks like he might get signed with a team. The Smithsonian, on the other hand, has stated, “The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum’s larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement.”
How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home. pic.twitter.com/hniYGJeLxG
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2017
On the other end of the spectrum, apparently rising from poverty to become a 26-year veteran on the Supreme Court is not noteworthy. Justice Clarence Thomas is not included in the museum’s display except where he is mentioned in connection with the sexual assault accusations of Anita Hill.
The museum has stated that they will not include Justice Thoman because the “exhibition content is determined by themes, not individuals.” This does not match up with their plans to include a mostly washed-up football player. The Smithsonian has also chosen to honor hip-hop, Black Lives Matter, and even the Black Panthers.
Once again we come to the question, how much of this is about people and ideas that improved the lives of Blacks and how much is about rewriting history?