Posts tagged Washington DC
“ Permanent exhibits on slavery would be snug between two sacred white memorials to founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — both slaveholders. Awkward!”
That’s the Root’s Natalie Hopkinson on the National Museum of African American History and Culture integrating “Washington, D.C.’s whitest address.” Earlier this month, Virginia Rep. Jim Moran protested federal support for ethnic museums, calling them un-American. Moran implied that white people might not go to a black museum. Such a position overlooks the fact that the National Museum of African Art already pulls in a racially diverse crowd.
“ You live amongst hip coffee shops, with white people where white people never dared to go before and patronize yoga studios that were once corner stores. Face it: you’re a gentrifier.”
Do you get a prize with that? Why, yes, and that would be guilt. DCentric’s Elahe Izadi describes it as a feeling that “can be almost akin to white guilt – your very existence can make you feel bad.” To help guide you through the DC hipster haze, Izadi has “five ways to be a good gentrifier”. Shockingly, get rid of your “take me seriously” glasses did not make the list. What do you think of the tips?
Bye, Bye Pandas? This Government Shutdown Just Got Real. As in, really bad for the entire Smithsonian Institution, which is hitting its peak visitor season. Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports if a budget deal is not reached by Friday, around 500,000 visitors could be turned away this Saturday from the federally funded National Zoo and major Smithsonian museums on the Mall. Sad for tourists, but maybe not so bad for the animals. This could be their only shot at a paid vacation (free food and an empty zoo).