Anything can be ‘white supremacy’ now

A senior curator was accused of white supremacism for saying he would still collect artworks from white artists.

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In what may be the most absurd case of cancel culture yet, a senior curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has resigned after he was accused of white supremacism.

Gary Garrels was the subject of a complaint from museum employees who circulated a petition calling for his removal. The petition accused him of holding ‘toxic white supremacist beliefs’.

The evidence? At a presentation about how to diversify the museum’s collection, he said ‘don’t worry, we will definitely still continue to collect white artists’.

He has previously said that the work of white artists should not be overlooked just because the creators are white, as this would be ‘reverse discrimination’.

Nothing Garrels said can be construed as racist. It requires significant mental gymnastics to be so offended by his words that you feel he must lose his job. And yet the vociferousness and certainty of the petition is breathtaking:

‘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?’

Garrels did nothing wrong. But unfortunately, today’s woke cancellation campaigns demand total, unquestioning submission to their un-evidenced dogmas

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Comments

Marvin Jones

12th August 2020 at 3:24 pm

If white supremacy is somehow got rid of, the total human race will all be back in Africa living in caves and hunting for food. Now just look around the 21st century world we live in and note where all the intellectual advances we thrive on, came from? But, they dare not even go anywhere near it.

Ian Kelly

18th July 2020 at 12:09 am

Not our fault if the majority of good artists happen to be white.

jessica christon

16th July 2020 at 11:21 pm

The expression ‘White supremacy’ seems like its bandied alot more lately. I’m guessing it’s because even the wokeists have figured out that the ‘racist’ label has lost its sting through overuse, and the smarter ones know that non Whites can also be racist – so they’ve chosen something that sounds worse and targets only Whites almost by definition.

‘White supremacy’ will go the same way as ‘racist’, but much sooner.

James Knight

16th July 2020 at 9:18 pm

Sorry, no sympathy. If he resigned that is his decision. If he wants to bend the knee to the woke cult, his choice.

James Knight

16th July 2020 at 9:14 pm

California has made the first step to repeal the civil rights legislation that forbids the state to discriminate based on race in public employment.

There is a clear agenda to institutionalise racism in California.

Gordon O Gopher

16th July 2020 at 6:40 pm

Ha! According to an article in the independent in 2016 some teenagers left a pair of glasses at the museum to see if the dumb arses who visit would mistake the specs for art and they did.

If that’s the sort of idiots they want to ‘represent’ the geezer is better off out of it.

Gordon O Gopher

16th July 2020 at 6:27 pm

Can you imagine the sort of crap they’ve got at the San Francisco museum of modern art?

It doesn’t matter what colour the artists are, the sort of bollocks they have on show probably represents about a dozen people out of 7 billion in the world. All nobs.

Jeremiah Johndon

16th July 2020 at 5:38 pm

These people are insane and evil, and Frisco is a hive of them

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Andrew Mawdsley

16th July 2020 at 3:11 pm

I wonder what will happen when white people stop going into these institutions as a result of what is clearly racism. How will they make up the shortfall in contributions and donations once they’ve ostracised a hefty section of their visitors?

L Strange

16th July 2020 at 1:24 pm

It’s worth clarifying that the curator’s comment about continuing to collect work by white artists was made after he’d already said that they would be collecting more from ‘diverse’ creators.

L Strange

16th July 2020 at 1:20 pm

The Museum for African American History (I think that’s what it’s called) has put out an infographic of what ‘Whiteness’ is.

It includes valuing individual and personal autonomy, the scientific method, time-keeping, private property, earning resources, evidential history, democracy and the rule of Law, and the nuclear family. Basically, civilisation.

This is what BLM, and the regressive Left generally, wish to destroy.

L Strange

16th July 2020 at 2:30 pm

Oops, I see that this subject is covered in another article.

Rob Nock

16th July 2020 at 4:40 pm

This infographic and more can be seen at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/whiteness

Gordon O Gopher

16th July 2020 at 11:03 pm

There’s a video going around a few years ago of some complete muppet at a South African uni saying modern science is too white and European and compares Isaac Newton to witchcraft. You couldn’t make it up but she tops it all off by saying modern science should be scratched off.

Yep, completely batshit crazy but you can’t help but think it’s the sort of thing the BLM morons will probably go for in 2020. There definitely seems to be some positive correlation between wokeness and batshit craziness.

Jim Lawrie

16th July 2020 at 1:19 pm

How long before the Barbarians sack Rome and all its white art? Then on to Siena, Florence, Venice, and all atwix. The art and Statues are a proxy for white people. Cue the Islamists waiting in the wings.

Why does the article not name these petition signers, and hold them to account like they do to others?

L Strange

16th July 2020 at 1:49 pm

The petition may have been one internal to the organisation, not public.

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