FW: Racist article in the Boston Herald
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From: radias at vom.com [mailto:radias at vom.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 1999 9:12 AM
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Subject: Racist article in the Boston Herald
The following article appeared recently in the Boston Herald. I would
hardly consider this rag a newspaper, it frequently publishes racist
articles and columns, this is just the latest in a long line. The article
can be accessed at the website below and feedback sent to the writer.
Smithsonian scalps Western values
by Don Feder
Wednesday, October 6, 1999
By the shores of the Potomac, near the shining big-sea water, will stand
the contentious wigwam of the Smithsonian - its National Museum of the
American Indian, to be precise.
Last week, while the Senate was cutting funds for the Brooklyn Museum of
Art for its painting of a dung-smeared Virgin Mary, a more far-reaching
assault on American values went largely unnoticed.
Construction was begun on the Smithsonian's Indian museum on the Mall in
Washington, D.C. The $110 million project (two-thirds paid by the taxpayer)
is expected to attract 6 million visitors a year.
The New York Times noted that the museum ``will not only celebrate and
continuing tribal cultures but work to set the record straight.''
The museum's director, Richard West, said the institution would be
dedicated to ``presenting the Indian perspective.'' By ``Indian
perspective,'' West means the fulminations of activists who think Columbus
was the father of genocide and the 7th Cavalry was the Nazi S.S. on
To emphasize the point, those attending the ceremony sang the anthem of the
American Indian Movement, a militant gang best known for its terrorist
action at the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975, which left two FBI agents
The Smithsonian has passionately embraced the multiculturalist agenda. It
sees all of history in the reflected light of the PC trinity - race, gender
This dogmatism was most conspicuous in a 1995 exhibit on the end of World
War II in the Pacific and the Hiroshima bombing. The original script
(revised after protests by veterans) described the conflict as ``a war of
revenge against the Japanese,'' who were ``fighting to preserve their
culture against imperialism.'' It was as if the rape of Nanking, Pearl
Harbor, the Bataan Death March, ``comfort women'' and other atrocities by
the Imperial Army had never happened.
Even art isn't safe from the Smithsonian's revisionists. A 1991 exhibit
(``The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920'')
was described by a writer for The Washington Post as ``reducing the saga of
America's Western pioneers to little more than victimization,
disillusionment and environmental rape.''
Scientists complained that the exhibit ``Science in American Life'' could
have been scripted by the Unabomber. Joan Shields, a professor of chemistry
at Long Island University, called it a ``revisionist historical display of
science as a litany of moral debacles, environmental catastrophes, social
injustices and destruction by radiation.''
The Smithsonian's latest editing of history is its book ``Timelines of the
Ancient World - A Visual Chronology From the Origins of Life to A.D.
1500.'' While major events in the development of Buddhism, Hinduism and
Islam are meticulously detailed, the book moves from B.C. to A.D. without
acknowledging the birth of Jesus. The spiritual revolution wrought by the
Jewish people is similarly ignored.
The Smithsonian was established in 1846 for the ``increase and diffusion of
knowledge among men.'' Today, it exists to exhort. History becomes a
self-criticism session, where the sins of the West, evils of capitalism and
the toxicity of the Judeo-Christian tradition are confessed and atoned.
Shortly, the Smithsonian will take to the warpath again. Its National
Museum of the American Indian no doubt will attack the legitimacy of our
founding and westward expansion. From Plymouth Rock to the closing of the
frontier, it will present the ``Indian perspective.'' But you the taxpayer
will get to pay for it.
The complex story of America's native cultures should be told without bias
or belligerence. Instead, the museum will subject visitors to a sanitized,
one-sided history and victim-group mythology.
Will this effort to ``set the record straight'' include celebrations of
ritual cannibalism practiced by the Mohawks and Chippewas, torture
techniques perfected by the Apaches, the quaint custom of scalping or the
degraded status of women in most Indian tribes?
America may be the only nation in history to subsidize its own destruction.
When the multiculturalists, academic Marxists, perpetually aggrieved
minorities and sensitivity Gestapo finally succeed in pulling down our
national house, over the ruins should be erected a sign reading, ``Your Tax
Dollars At Work.''
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