Leading Curator Resigns After Being Denounced As A “White Supremacist” For Refusing To Bar Acquisitions By White Artists

{{PD-US}}We have been discussing the campaigns to remove faculty who voice dissenting views on the current protests or underlying issues.  The art world has now been swept into this disturbing trend where critics label any opposing views as racist and demand the removal of anyone who questions their demands.  That was the case with Gary Garrels the long-standing senior curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). He resigned after museum employees circulated a petition that accused him of racism because he simply stated that, while seeking to diversify the artists featured in the collection, he would not bar acquisitions of artists simply because they are white.  That would not only decouple ignore the inherent value of the art but apply a racial discriminatory rule.

The petition by Garrels’ colleagues and staff details statements that would seem entirely appropriate, if not essential, for an institution committed to featuring the greatest artistic works.  The petition declares “Gary’s removal from SFMOMA is non-negotiable. Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?”  Given that hyperbolic language, I assumed that the petition would reveal a virtual Bull Connor of the art world. Instead, the petition is headed by the what the signers indicate is the most offensive example of such “white supremacist beliefs”:

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According to artnet.com, he also said previously that to bar artists based solely on the fact that they are white would constitute “reverse discrimination.”  Forced to resign, Garrels apologized for any insult that he may have caused but reaffirmed that “I do not believe I have ever said that it is important to collect the art of white men. I have said that it is important that we do not exclude consideration of the art of white men.”

If that is truly the full extent of Garrels’ offensive comments, the only thing more surprising than the language of the petition was its obvious success.  We previously discussed quotas imposed for the gender of subjects shown in art as raising the same underlying controversy.

Garrels was criticized for accepting major pieces of art because the artists were not minorities. This includes an agreement with Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher to take on their 1,100-piece collection of modern art.

I am less concerned about the ultimate merits as I am with the absence of support for these allegations against someone who has served the museum and the art community for so many years.  Rather than offer specifics, Garrel was attacked as a white supremacist and racist.  As has become a common feature in such attacks, his arguments were dismissed as “dog whistles” for other racists.  The campaign was successful as have many such campaigns on college campuses.

323 thoughts on “Leading Curator Resigns After Being Denounced As A “White Supremacist” For Refusing To Bar Acquisitions By White Artists”

  1. What a bizarre discussion.

    White supremacy is a physical axiom.

    Deniers should be jailed as malicious frauds and blasphemers of truth and science with the intent to incite to riot and perpetrate insurrection.

    Mohamed Ali was the unrivaled champion of physical competition in the form of boxing.

    Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon.

  2. If museum galleries will not accept priceless art from white artists, I will gladly accept such radioactive works. Out of the goodness of my heart, I’ll make the sacrifice, just to keep such masterpieces, ahem, I mean racist atrocities, from offending public sensibilities.

    1. If white people are all racist, then only by self hatred can a white person be valued in the identity politics society. Kind of like if a wealthy elite joined the French Revolution, and had his entire family guillotined, and his mansion ransacked and razed, he might be given a place in the new society. Or when the Red Guard burned their own family genealogical records, and reported their grandfather for wrong think.

      Will people ever tire of this Democrat racism against whites, and the racism of identity politics? Or will we have to wait 150 years for future generations to rename streets and tear the statues down of today’s Leftist heroes? I rather think this behavior will not age well in the history books. Again.

      1. “Red Guard” was what came to me when I read

        “The petition declares “Gary’s removal from SFMOMA is non-negotiable. Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?”

        – right down to the sing-song drone.

        I wonder who has declared the SFMOMA’s removal “non-negotiable” at the cost of firing Gary Garrels over his decision to acquire art offered by The Gap’s wealthy owners. Do these petition-signers hold a significant equity position in that museum – do they even own any of its art? – or are their dictates backed by cans of spray paint and fire-starting tools?

        Eventually, there may be two kinds of museums: – “People’s Museums” backed by the threat of violence and the refusal of city, state and national leaders to suppress violence, and actual museums maintained by art lovers for art lovers. I can’t imagine art lovers letting violent sociopaths tell them what art they will appreciate.

      2. Karen, you’re lying. Democrats don’t hate white people as most of it’s voters and elected office holders are white. The GOP on the other hand is almost exclusively white and judging from the comments on this board by Trump supporters, at least a 3rd of them hate blacks and spew white supremacists propaganda, while wondering why blacks don’t vote GOP. If you are against racism, how about countering it right here on this board.

  3. “White supremacist” does not mean what they think it means.

    Anyone would would bar acquisitions of an artist, writer, scientist, or Joe Off The Street based on race is racist. If the entire art world is biased against artists based on race, that would be systemic racism.

    Systemic Racism has not existed in America for years. Global examples are Apartheid, Jewish ghettos, Jewish concentration camps (technically, Judaism is a religion, but it was also treated as a race in Nazi Germany), and Jim Crow laws.

    But if the Left gains more power, it will once again enact systemic racism. Universities will discriminate even more against white and Asian applicants. Museums will discriminate against white artists, and so on. There will be systemic racism in tax laws, where white people are taxed to give to black people. A black person could sell his slave in Mauritania, immigrate to the US, benefit from Affirmative Action, and receive reparations. A white person could survive the systemic starvation of the Holodomor, or Auschwitz, escape to the US, and their descendants would be fined reparations based on skin color.

    Vote responsibly.

    1. “Systemic Racism has not existed in America for years”

      Sure it has. It has existed throughout our history as a country.

      “A black person could sell his slave in Mauritania, immigrate to the US, benefit from Affirmative Action, and receive reparations. A white person could survive the systemic starvation of the Holodomor, or Auschwitz, escape to the US, and their descendants would be fined reparations based on skin color.”

      RME.
      I think you’re imagining things. But you can convince me that you aren’t, by providing evidence that even one person is suggesting a reparations program that would work could result in those two things.

      1. Common Fool:

        “Sure it has. It has existed throughout our history as a country.”
        ***********************
        State every law or policy since 1965 that is intentionally discriminatory against blacks.

  4. Commit– DC back then was an incredible city, especially for someone like me who had no money to speak of. It’s hard to imagine that the NGA was but one among several. The Cocoran was where I was able to buy a copy of Shakespeare’s folio which I still have today. Then in the summer, the military bands would give free concerts, I think it was at the turning basin. I hope it still has some of that wonder to it but I must say that I do recall falling victim to the “inside the beltway” mentality. Back then I think it was unavoidable. It took me several years away from DC to shake that. Now, I think that if it happens inside the beltway, we all are better off if it stays inside the beltway.

    1. The NGA, the Smithsonian, and a number of other museums remain free. The Kennedy Center (closed now due to the pandemic) still has free performances on its Millenium Stage and recently opened a new more interactive wing. The National Archives and Library of Congress also have exhibits and events. There are still free military and other concerts. I love visiting DC.

      The Corcoran no longer exists as an independent institution. The art degree program and buildings are now part of GWU, and the collection was split up, with the NGA getting first pick and parts of the collection going to other DC art or educational institutions, like GWU and American U.

      If you’re a Shakespeare fan, I hope you got to the Folger Shakespeare Library near the LOC.

  5. There is no such thing as reverse discrimination. If race is the criteria racial discrimination is the policy.

    1. Affirmative action and quotas are unconstitutional, contrived reverse discrimination to counter natural and constitutional opinion and discrimination. Americans enjoy the freedom of speech, thought, opinion, assembly and, by extension, disassembly. Government and Congress have no authority to mandate who people accept and who they reject; who they like and who they dislike; who they assemble with and who they separate from.

      Understanding that property damage and bodily injury and illegal, communists falsely, insidiously and maliciously conflate violence with the holding of preferences and opinions, with emphasis on opinions regarding race and discrimination.

      Discrimination is constitutional. Discrimination is the first step of freedom. If Americans cannot discriminate, Americans cannot be free.

      People must adapt to the outcomes of freedom.

      Freedom does not adapt to people, dictatorship does.

  6. I believe the first domino has fallen in the next phase of the BLM assault. The Asheville NC city council has voted unanimously to apologize for slavery and to pay reparations. The reparations will be in the form of increased investments in black areas of town. I am sure this is but the first city and I am equally sure that investments will soon be discarded in favor of direct cash payments because the word”investment” suggests capitalism which, of course, is anathema to Marxist BLM.

      1. Hey Bugs. There is nothing new about the Bill Krystal neocon warmonger crowd who are as deeply upset as the neolib warmonger crowd that an establishment outsider won in 2016, and has shown no enthusiasm for more militaristic empire building in the Middle East.

        The vast majority of Republicans will vote for Trump. And thanks to the Antifa/BLM rioting, racism, Marxist, BS that the DNC has desperately embraced, Biden will lose a huge amount of the independent voters. (As if nominating a guy who clearly has Dementia wasn’t bad enough).

        So you may want to just stick to eating carrots.

    1. mespo– if the craziness stopped today and people started to act rational, it is possible the democrats could pull off a win in November, but then again they still have to contend with Biden as their candidate. Regardless, the good news is that because no democrats have stood up to the crazies, they not only will keep demanding more and more but they also will continue to resort to violence as they have again in the northwest, etc. And, when I read that the Asheville city council had voted to pay reparations (even if it is re-labeled welfare) it sounds outrageous to any rational people and so it will continue to drive them away from the fruitcakes who are leading and condoning this madness.

    2. FROM MESPO’S POLL:

      The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll sponsored by Likelihood of Confusion blog for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.

      The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -4. (see trends)
      ……………………………………………..

      If this is the very best poll one can produce for Trump, the numbers are still not good for an incumbent up for reelection.

      1. Seth:

        “If this is the very best poll one can produce for Trump, the numbers are still not good for an incumbent up for reelection.”
        *****************************

        Wrong they tie incumbent Obama’s and given the Electoral College calculus give Trump a solid win. BTW only Rasmussen and the LA Times polls predicted a Trump win in 2016. They were the accurate ones.

        Maybe get yourself a diving bell helmet for November.

        1. “Maybe get yourself a diving bell helmet for November.”

          Paint Chips needs a head to put the helmet on.

            1. Typical leftie, always hoping for the worst to happen to anyone they disagree with. It shows what type of person you are Paint Chips. However, since you asked, my health is fine and I am thanking God that I wasn’t in my Manhattan home when Covid came. I couldn’t be happier.

        2. Mespo, your poll says 41% Strongly Disapprove. That’s not a good number. Show me a link that says Obama had that same negative.

        3. The problem with rasmussen, is that it tends to favor republicans. always. So it’s findings would represent Trumpy’s high end and Obama’s low end. An aggregated poll would be better. Most poll watchers expect Trump to start to rise if and when he gets the chance to debate Biden. The big question is “if?” Biden’s handlers certainly would not want him to participate in debates. The poor guy can’t even keep up with a teleprompter at this point.

  7. Art is two things. First it’s the visual stimulus based on balance, technique, color, etc; which most people can appreciate as it is primarily physical. A line in a drawing by Degas is perfect to whomever views it. Some may attach an understanding of how difficult it is to create something that appears so easy. Others may just like it and not care why. A Titian depends, in large part, on a mastery of minerals and chemicals that produces colors that supersede nature. Titian White is still magical; more so to the viewer who knows that the formula has been lost than the average viewer but magical nevertheless.

    Secondly, art represents the moment of its conception. From iconoclasm through the transition from the hierarchal order of the pre enlightenment to the awkward arm of one of two men in a boat, the society of the time is, perhaps, more important than the work itself. From the everyday object, in posters, the bicycle seat handlebar bull, to Manzoni’s canned sh*#; art becomes, eventually, more a representation of the time than the technical or artisanal ability of the maker.

    This extremist action by the SF Museum is a potential for a work of art that should be commemorated along with iconoclasm. Somehow, someone, should preserve this morally perverse rampage to educate future generations. Art History is fundamentally history.

  8. Get use to it people…….a society where people are fired because of their ethics, knowledge, experience and skills, and replaced by incompetent, scabby little bureaucrats who are chosen strictly because they follow the proper political agenda. Leftist Utopias are not based on objective values, but subjective values. We will all suffer sooner and later.

    1. This has actually already been going on for years. My wife is a teacher, and when looking for a job in California back in 2014, we went from city to city. The ‘administrators’ were all under 30, and I’m talking principals, district people, you name it. Suffice it say she did not do well there and we left that crap-pie of a state a year later (she is actually up for a Golden Apple award in our new locale). We have been asleep in this country for far, far too long, and we are finally paying the price.

  9. This is a shock. Sort of. The Smithsonian Museum of African-American History, etc. explains a lot.

    Apparently ‘whiteness’ to be avoided includes the scientific method, rational thought, showing up on time, working hard–basically all the things that work.

    Confederate President Jefferson Davis would not have described black culture differently, although he might have been kinder and more polite..

    Apparently the Smithsonian goes along with every negative stereotype of blacks on record, and they embrace those stereotypes.

    Who am I to argue with the Smithsonian?

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/smithsonian-whiteness-anti-white-propaganda/

    From the article: ” I can’t get over this. If you assume that everything these curators say below is true, then you can explain a great deal of the chronic problems within black America. What kind of neighborhood would you expect to have if most of the people in it devalued hard work, rejected the idea that they needed to be on time, refused to defer gratification, did not respect authority, sought out conflict, laughed at politeness, rejected the traditional family model, and so forth? You’d have communities that were beset by crime and generational poverty, without the cultural tools to overcome the chaos.”

    Welcome to Baltimore.

        1. Apparently free medicine and medical treatment is racist now. Hard not to laugh at each stage of this social collapse.

      1. How much you wanna bet it’s organized by people who got fired for performance issues, people who left after not getting the promotion they wanted, and people on staff steamed they didn’t get the promotion they wanted?

        1. Says the biggest flunky at life queen. TIA spends his dreary life commenting on Facebook, the oxymoronic “American Catholic” website, JT’s blog, casting aspersions, denigrating any whom he deems unworthy, all the while being a millstone to society at large. Good thing he never tells us about his “marriage”, children or grandchildren

          “This is Absurd” # infinity is standard-issue traditionalist Republican ca. 1995

          1. You must be new here. TIA is very much a millstone
            Queen? Hmmmm. never occurred to me but you may be right

    1. “Apparently ‘whiteness’ to be avoided includes the scientific method, rational thought, showing up on time, working hard–basically all the things that work.”

      Nothing on the Smithsonian website says or implies that every specific thing on the page is “to be avoided.”

      “Apparently the Smithsonian goes along with every negative stereotype of blacks on record, and they embrace those stereotypes.”

      Nope, nothing on the Smithsonian website says or implies that either.

      You’ve inferred things that the NMAAHC doesn’t say or imply.
      The problem is with your mistaken inferences and with your suggestion that your mistaken inferences come from the NMAAHC when they don’t.

        1. I did read it. I don’t need and didn’t ask for a translation.

          You get off on insulting people you disagree with.

            1. Nah. And now you’re being disingenuous.

              An ongoing deflection from your having inferred things that the NMAAHC didn’t say or imply.

      1. Commit– So you read that poster as encouraging the things identified as whiteness?

        I don’t think that is the intention at all.

        I think it should be reproduced in huge banners for Black History Month [now every month].

        The revived KKK will love it. They will be saying, “See! Told you so!”

  10. The title of this column, “Leading Curator Resigns After Being Denounced As A “White Supremacist” For Refusing To Bar Acquisitions By White Artists,” seems inaccurate. No one is arguing that acquisitions by white artists should be barred. I don’t find the letter very well articulated, but it sounds like the signatories are concerned about a variety of things that Garrels said, not that he thinks work by diverse artists should be collected, including work by white artists when their collection merits. It’s hard to judge the accusations without more info than is included in the letter (and the link from the letter isn’t very informative).

  11. “Gary’s removal from SFMOMA is non-negotiable. Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?”

    – Radical, Activist, Anti-American, Communist Parasites, Hyphenates and Museum Employees
    __________________________________________________________________________

    Four iterations of The Naturalization Acts, passed by the American Founders and signed into law by President George Washington, might have some bearing on the timeline inquiry:

    Naturalization Acts of 1790, 1795, 1798 and 1802

    United States Congress, “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,” March 26, 1790

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof

  12. I wish they would apply the same level of scrutiny when deciding what is “art” in modern art museums.

    1. LorenzoValla – taste in art is very personal. As someone who has taught Intro to Art and History of Art, there are artists I have taught that I thought were ripping off the public. However, over the years some of the artists I grew to appreciate and now hold them in high standing. For instance, I was never a fan of Chagall until SFMOMA did an exhibit of about 30 of his works. I instantly became a big fan when I could see the range and what he was striving to do.

      1. I can only partially agree. I can see how modern art in its more technical definition as it broke away from realism is still ‘obviously’ art to the average person. But the postmodern stuff that often finds its way into ‘modern’ art museums always need some external contextualization for the viewer to understand what the piece is suggesting. So, for example, Warhol’s soup cans seem pretty silly until the viewer understands the social commentary he was making, and then it can be interesting. But then that means the visual part of the work is only part of the project, and since it is only part of the project, the piece of art itself cannot stand on its own. So that’s where I see the departure from ‘art’ beginning to happen.

        1. LorenzoValla – personally, I do not consider anything done by Warhol as art. He was a fine graphic artist who found a niche in the art world. Almost all of his “stuff” was done by his factory of assistants.

          However, when I taught art, I would start the course by going through a series of definitions of art. The one I like the best is from Frank Lloyd Wright. “If they buy it, it is art.”

          1. Have you ever read the book The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe? I read it long ago and recall it being a great and funny expose of postmodern art. But that being said, Wolfe describes the problem being so much money being involved because wealthy patrons created a demand for ‘art’, and ‘artists’ and their brokers were only too happy to create it for them. I don’t recall if Wright’s observations were included in the book, but needless to say that the very subjective nature of art is what makes it so exploitable.

            1. In a way expensive art has become a new type of currency for the very rich. The less expensive art is more questionable and can fail. One can even see bubbles in specific portions of the art market.

            2. Lorenzo– I have The Painted Word and started it but got distracted by something else. I expect to get back to it.

              However, I found the beginning very good when Wolfe describes the artists showing up in Manhattan in their Bohemian Drag [my term, not his] prepared to live the life of an artist. Appearances and posturing are important. He notes they could be artists anywhere, but they thought they must do it in Manhattan. I suppose they despised mere wealth and fame, overtly, but it seems clear that they arrived in that place and in that way in search of wealth and fame.

              Sponsored art is not necessarily corrupt. The Renaissance shows that. But it should be sponsored by someone who likes it and has taste, attributes sometimes lacking in modern committees. Who knows what it will be like with ‘woke’ madness free in the land.

              1. I agree that sponsored art is not necessarily bad and the Renaissance is indeed a great example.

                The problem with ‘art’ is that it is subjective. That’s why I tend to stand by the criteria that art should be able to stand on its own without external contextualization to be understood, and in many cases distinguished from other items that aren’t art.

                For example, most of the Italian Renaissance art is very religious but even those who aren’t familiar with the biblical events being portrayed can still appreciate the art at face value.

                Most of the post modern art might not even be mistaken for art if it wasn’t in a museum. For me, and likely a majority of people, this isn’t art.

                Would anyone ever look at a Jackson Pollack paint splattered canvas and conclude that it’s art if it wasn’t in a museum or obviously displayed as art in a gallery? I doubt most people would.

                1. Lorenzo– I couldn’t agree more. Art should stand on it’s own. If I need a context I don’t want the ‘art’. What art is has been a vexing question. I once took a philosophy course in it and came out none the wiser. Still, I think there are proportions and color arrangements that we tend to find pleasing for biological reasons. The Golden Rectangle of the Greeks somehow resonates with us even if we do not know what it is. A Caravaggio painting or a Bernini sculpture is arresting without explanation. Pythagoras thought music pleased us because we were counting without knowing it. That isn’t the reason, but it perhaps relates to the reason. I once saw a video representation of music as color and motion and though there was no sound I immediately recognized it as a type of music. Never saw it again, unfortunately. Art likely needs to be tethered to what we are to resonate and, no, I don’t know what that means, but it is what I say.

                  1. Young – however, taste is different. I collect art and I have both realistic and abstract art in my collection. I have a variety of medium represented and a variety of artists, genders, ethnicities, and races. Some people collect a certain category of art. Art is what resonates with you.

                2. LorenzoValla – Jackson Pollack is an artist that bothered me for a long time. However, there really is a method to his madness, it just took me time to find it and I had to actually see an original, not a copy, to see it. You look for the rhythms of the paint. They are very peaceful.

          2. I don’t think having a ‘factory of assistants’ disqualifies one as an artist. Ghiberti had a factory of assistants when creating the Bapistry door called ‘The Gates of Paradise’ that, some argue, started the Renaissance.

            1. Young – I am taking a Great Courses on the National Museum in London. When she talks about factory produced paintings, she talks about how much is produced by the factory. In fact some are now attributed entirely to the factories. Actually, the factories is where the next great artists all trained, so I am not against factories. Actually, having a factory is a measure of being a great artist in the Renaissance. However, Warhol’s factory is just that, a factory, a money making operation.

              1. Paul, talking about factories, do you remember when they imported art on canvas in giant rolls from France? The art was created in assembly line fashion with each artist doing small things on a giant canvas later to be rolled up and shipped. They were all signed and used oil paint. Definitely not quality art but art made to be sold at a very inexpensive price.

                In NYC where this may have begun (I don’t know for sure), the canvas was cut and the many pieces of art obtained were then inexpensively framed. I remember them being sold for the first time in some grocery stores that were part of a chain.

                That was art for the working man, not a Rembrandt but a pretty scene to look at in one’s living room. That art had more meaning to me than Warhol’s soup cans. ( He could paint, however. I saw one of Jackie Kennedy at the Chicago Museum of Art which changed my feelings towards him)

                  1. So did I.

                    Can you provide more of the early history of that type of art?

                    Where did you sell it and when?

                    1. Allan – I took over for a man who was involved in a car accident. It was at one of the those weekend shopping mart thingies. The art we had came from Korea and was done by teams. I do not know the history of it and I never bought one for myself. I think they were called the famous name series.

                    2. That sounds like a later date. I don’t remember any assembly line Korean art coming in with the attempt to mass market in the US. Of course my experience was limited to NYC.

                    3. Allan – the couple that originally ran the concession were Asian, so maybe they had a hookup in Korea. What do I know. She just asked me to help out while her husband was healing.

                    4. Did the oil paintings come in large rolls requiring them to be cut up? Do you know the date?

                      I like the idea of art being in the budget for almost anyone.

                    5. Allan – all I did was show up and sell them. The nice lady framed them. I do not know if they were in rolls before that, could be.

                    6. Paul, that is OK. I only brought that in as an aside since you were dealing with “factory art” and this was a different type of factory art geared for the common man. I thought you might have more information about it than I had.No problem.

    1. I had looked at those before, but thanks for the reminder. I am not surprised that there were tribal kingdoms. That doesn’t take much. I was interested in the metallurgy of at least one kingdom. That takes more than skills in cattle herding. However, metallurgy was developed much earlier in the Near East and, surprisingly the Eurasian Steppe. One cannot rule out that the idea was imported. Much is made of the ruins of Zimbabwe but if you look closely it is not very large and is not very remarkable. In any other part of the world it would not attract much notice. In fact it looks a bit like an African Kraal made of piled rocks. There is a controversy whether Zimbabwe was built by Arab traders or natives. The dispute was resolved politically in favor of locals. I don’t know what modern archaeology could learn about the issue but that type of genuine study is impossible now.

      Compare Zimbabwe with the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan or the Mayan pyramids and Zimbabwe is not much more than a round rock fence and insignificant.

      What I have not seen–but I cannot say it does not exist–is evidence that black Africans ever independently invented writing or mathematics. Humanity has been in Africa longer than anyplace else on Earth, but next to nothing in the way of human accomplishment can be found there.

      1. Humanity has been in Africa longer than anyplace else on Earth, but next to nothing in the way of human accomplishment can be found there.

        What you’re calling ‘human accomplishment’ appeared about 10,000 years ago. Homo sapiens have been around for about 500,000 years.

        1. “What you’re calling ‘human accomplishment’ appeared about 10,000 years ago. Homo sapiens have been around for about 500,000 years.”

          Yes, with the appearance of the Natufian culture leading to the Neolithic and the first city of Uruk.

          Surprisingly there were heavily populated regions in central Europe with settlements larger than the cities of Sumer. Cucteni-Trypillia is one that comes to mind, but there were others. They appeared to have been destroyed by a combination of plague and Indo-European warrior societies from the Steppe.

          1. Surprisingly there were heavily populated regions in central Europe with settlements larger than the cities of Sumer.

            See early modern Hungary, where, for security purposes, peasants collected in settlements with five-digit populations. They weren’t cities. They were hypertrophied villages and their inhabitants worked surrounding fields. Note, Hungary was at that time steppe, which is the default biome of the Ukraine. I’ve never heard of this culture, but as far as I can tell from a skim, they haven’t found written documents or much evidence of division of labor beyond the household.

            1. The great Hungarian Plain surrounded by the Carpathians was an early area for settlement by the first farmers of Europe who came from Anatolia. I don’t think Maykop north of the Caucasus mountains or the Cucutani-Trypoli had developed writing. They likely learned basic astronomy because it is useful for agricultural societies.

              True urban life first seen in Uruk likely prompted math and writing to keep track of surpluses and property. The earliest cuneiform writings were basically for accounting. It took awhile to get to Gilgamesh.

    1. He has a claim for “constructive” dischage! As does the NYSlime editor who was forced to “resign.”

  13. What do you want to bet that some member of the mob wanted his job, and that’s what this is really about? This one smelled bad to begin with, but within the reek, there’s a distinct odor of covetousness.

  14. This has gone too far. We have descended into political correctness oblivion. Even if I sympathize with the elimination of white bias, this is ridiculous. I will actively work against this as reverse discrimination.

  15. There are white artists that are well worth owning and displaying, just as there are minority artists that are well worth owning and displaying. The wild left is winning because they make the loudest noise amplified by the media. In addition the wild left has won in arts and education because administrators lack the spine to support the Constitutional Rights of those being targeted. The left is creating an unConstitutional standard of race supremacy or reverse discrimination. In doing so they will use threats, boycotts, riots, arson and looting to cow their opponents. They advocate for Marx/Lenin and now maintain that their genes are superior to those of whites.

    They have been indoctrinated in school and university that this activity is allowed. Apparently, they were not provided a basic education in economics or history. They would have learned that no Marxist country has ever been as successful as a capitalist one. They also would have learned that stating that their genetics theory has led to millions of deaths and they are echoing Goobels, Himmler and Hitler. It is a shame that they lack the education and ability to think critically. If they could they would see they are being labeled not as social justice warriors but rather racists and Marxists, as well as killing the fatted cow that has provided them with so much.

    1. You are correct, of course.

      But they would likely argue that all the failures of Marxism along with any shortcoming of capitalism are because of a power imbalance directed against oppressed subgroups of minorities. They break down all social problems to oppressor and oppressed, and then all social institutions used by oppressors to oppress the oppressed are targeted for destruction. Since freedom of speech is used to oppress others, it is no longer seen as beneficial so they are immune to arguments on the basis of freedom of speech.

      Another interesting and scary part of this tortured logic is that an individual isn’t seen as an individual, but rather a voice of whatever subgroups they identify with, known as intersectionalities. That means a gay white male has less of a voice than a black gay male, who has less of a voice than a black female lesbian. A person is therefore more credible in speaking about oppression if they have more oppressed checkmarks to their credit.

      Our white art curator loses that duel because he’s white and is by definition a racist. He could have been tolerated only to the extent that he not do anything whatsoever that could be interpreted as racism. In their worldview,his comments were clearly racist. But, since there is no moral absolute, the evidence of racism will necessarily have a continually lower threshold as time goes on. He didn’t realize that the threshold had been lowered, despite being in a very woke field and city.

      Marxists like to argue that capitalism is a race to the bottom. It turns out that they have created an even faster means to reach the bottom.

      1. Identity politics is by definition racist and bigoted. As you stated, your worth is evaluated based on a victimhood scale of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

        The Left has succeeded in basing all of their arguments on a false premise:

        1. BLM exists to fight racism, and everything the organization says and does is good. Ergo, if you oppose BLM, in any manner, you are racist. Until and unless the false premise that the BLM movement exists solely to fight racism and do good is deconstructed, any arguments are dismissed as racist.

        2. White people are racist. Everything they have they took from minorities. Art is not about beauty or skill, but rather social justice. Ergo, any art submissions accepted from a white artist, rewards racism, and takes opportunities from minority artists. All white artists are racist oppressors. Any argument will be dismissed as racist.

        3. Republicans, but especially Trump voters, are all evil racists. Anything they say is either blatant, or subtle racism.

        The above are merely a few examples of the general trend for Democrats. Their entire argument is always phrased in such a way so that opposition is labeled evil. The Wealthy stole money from the poor. Therefore, taxing every dime they have is merely justice for theft. Opposition means you hate the poor. On and on. Their arguments use false logic and emotional argument, and critics are attacked rather than debated.

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