I didn't miss it, it's just a bad point. Minorities aren't telling people "call yourself an ally", they are saying "be an ally", do something. You don't take it on and off like a hat, you either are or aren't and if you are you don't have to announce it.
We don't bat an eye if the local curator for the Holocaust museum isn't a native Jew, or if a person looking to study Christian theology is an atheist. Being black doesn't give you an inherent native born Ta-Nehisi-esque handle on the various cultural and social trends that have lead to this very moment. We wouldn't even be having this discussion if the person in question was literally born in Nigeria and had 0 connection to the traditional black cultural EXPERIENCE as it exists in America because they'd have fulfilled our notions of what a person leading this type of exhibit "should" look like instead.
Nah, you definitely missed my point.
The lines of work are pretty similar, along with archives they all work in preserving and propagating culture and knowledge. This particular person's involvement in hip hop history started with a job I'm quite familiar with: just going through shit and putting it in an ordered catalogue with descriptions. Cataloguing, in modern terms metadata, is at the heart of everything.
The library and museum professions are very intertwined. Libraries often house archives and exhibits like this, and librarians often work in museums and museum curation, and vice-versa.
You're trying to have it both ways here.
I know y’all think “well take up with this negro I approve of” is the right approach but I assure you it’s not. Just makes you look even more stupid
I mean, this is the reality of the situation. People who don't know shit about hip hop flipping out that a white woman might know more than them. I bet if you actually had a conversation with her you'd learn a fuck ton you didn't know before.
Your entire argument is bunk because I never said white people couldnt work there. Nor is that my actual position. You wasted all those words for nothingYou're trying to have it both ways here.
First you're bringing up the name of the museum as part of your larger argument that apparently no white staff should be allowed to work there.
Then you're saying that the entire thing is a white institution. An institution that from this page previously posted by Avitus is run by a predominantly black board who came to the decision that of the apparent candidates for the position Burnside was the best fit for the exhibit. So which is it? Either it's a white institution and the entire thing is a farce to begin with or it's a legitimate place devoted to history and culture of African Americans.
I'm just not exactly sure what you're expecting here. This is apparently Burnside's life's work. As far as we know she wasn't propped up at the expense of equally qualified candidates and there wasn't a racial motivation for her appointment, which in and of itself would have been against the law. More qualified people than any of us signed off on her being there. Your main issue seems to be she can't speak towards the black experience herself, which I don't think is disqualifying because her job isn't to talk about her own experiences, it's to exhibit the experience of others. To relate to the best of her ability the stories of the pioneers of hip-hop, which in many ways is related through those individuals' own words within the museum, either written or recorded.
Your logic of what precludes people from being able to work in this museum falls desperately short of being something that could equally be applied to other museums devoted to specific events or people.
Alright, tell me what I missed.
She can’t even tell folks what NWA stands for. I don’t wanna hear it.
Y’all read how black posts around here usually go right? This shouldn’t be surprising at all
I don’t approve of this pls don’t lump us all together
Then what is your position? She's not allowed to have any sort of leadership position? She's not allowed to curate an exhibit that has apparently been her life's work solely because she's not black?
You make a lot of assumptionsWe don't bat an eye if the local curator for the Holocaust museum isn't a native Jew, or if a person looking to study Christian theology is an atheist. Being black doesn't give you an inherent native born Ta-Nehisi-esque handle on the various cultural and social trends that have lead to this very moment. We wouldn't even be having this discussion if the person in question was literally born in Nigeria and had 0 connection to the traditional black cultural EXPERIENCE as it exists in America because they'd have fulfilled our notions of what a person leading this type of exhibit "should" look like instead.
Being black doesn't mean that they fit all the criteria that you seem to think disqualify this person from leading this exhibit, it doesn't mean you've faced adversity, have lived the struggle, or can emotionally engage with this subject as a result of personal experiences* and these things don't make you any more qualified (this is a buzzword in this thread, I'm sorry) to be running this exhibit in this instance.
Yet we wouldn't even be questioning these things if the person in question had grown up with a silver spoon in their mouth, in the heart of suburbia, listening to rock music all their days so long as they were a few shades darker.
This isn’t about being “allowed” or anything. I’m not calling for her firing. I never even said she was unqualified. My point was always that the original tweet was getting at. How did the decision happen and why was this person chosen / sought over a similarly qualified black person.Then what is your position? She's not allowed to have any sort of leadership position? She's not allowed to curate an exhibit that has apparently been her life's work solely because she's not black?
If that's the case, then my point still stands. Your logic is fakakta based on what museums are.
Imagine working to push hip hop culture at the smithsonian to be compared to Carolyn Bryant by someone on the Internet.
The people that hired her, had to know this was going to go down this way. Which seems that we are getting baited into some museum drama, which would be the first instance of such drama in quite some time. Hip Hop and cultural appropriation is a sensitive and current event.. people just read headlines.
It's not about approval. He's the person that made the decision.
You think you're making a point but you're not. Yes, the Smithsonian is a white institution. That doesn't mean they shouldn't do right by black people in their efforts in staffing a museum they created to preserve african american history and art.
Damn, you really comparing this chick to Carolyn Bryant fr tho?
The point is she is a white women who is in a position of privilege compared to black people .
I could compare her to other racist white women who have done horrible things to the black community
This specific branch of the Smithsonian however is run by a predominantly black board. A board which had the most control over who would have curated the exhibit.