Smithsonian African-American Museum Equates ‘Whiteness’ with Christianity

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Despite 79% of American Blacks identifying as Christians, a display on “Whiteness” in the US by the Smithsonian’s African-American National Museum equates Christianity and its values with white institutional power.

A Smithsonian display is using “whiteness” to denigrate Christianity and Christian values, while statistics show that Blacks are significantly Christian and more religious than Whites or Hispanics in America.

Christianity and Christian values associated with white institutional power

A display by the Smithsonian on “Whiteness” in its National Museum of African-American History & Culture is criticizing “white people in America,” claiming that whites “hold most of the political, institutional, and economic power, they receive advantages that nonwhite groups do not.”

The webpage claims that “whiteness and the normalization of white racial identity throughout America’s history have created a culture where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal.”

Denigration of Christianity and Christian values

But what is most unsettling is an infographic and downloadable PDF that lists the “aspects & assumptions of whiteness & white culture in the United States.”

Among the beliefs, values, traits and characteristics the display is equating and denigrating because of “whiteness” are: Judeo-Christian tradition, Protestant work ethic, Christianity is the norm, holidays based on Christian religions, rugged individualism, self-reliance, hard work, the nuclear family, the primacy of Western (Greek, Roman) and Judeo-Christian tradition, respect authority, be polite, and a host of others.

Christianity = white = oppression

What the article an infographic attempt to do is to equate being white with Christianity, as well as with oppression. While the article speaks of a “white-dominant culture,” at the same time it equates many religious ideals and values as tools of oppression, such as those previously listed above.

Most American Blacks are Christian and more religious than whites

According to a study undertaken by the Pew Research Center, by many measures, African-Americans are more religious than whites or Latinos in every important category.

Of American adults those who say they believe in God with absolute certainty, 83 percent are black compared to only 61 percent of whites and 59 percent of Latinos.

Of those who say religion is very important, 75 percent are black, compared to only 49 percent of whites and 59 percent of Hispanics.

Of those who pray daily, 73 percent are black, compared to only 52 percent of whites and 58 percent of Latinos.

Lastly, of those who attend religious services at least one a week, 47 percent are black, compared to only 34 percent of whites and 39 percent of Hispanics.

Most Blacks are Christian

Roughly 8-in ten Blacks, 79 percent, in America self-identify as Christian, compared to only 70 percent of whites. Half of all Blacks, the majority, are associated with historically black Protestant churches, according to the Pew Research Center.

The religious landscape of black Americans

A study undertaken by the Pew Research Center, which looked at racial and ethnic composition in the United States, examined the religious landscape of black adults in America who fell into the following religious categories:

Historically black Protestant 94%, Muslim 28%, Jehovah’s Witness 27%, unaffiliated 9%, Orthodox Christian 8%, evangelical Protestant 6%, mainline Protestant 3%, Catholic 3%, Buddhist 3%, Hindu 2%, Jewish 2%, Mormon 1%.

What the Bible says about race

The Christian teachings in the New Testament of the Bible repeatedly states that all humans are equal in the eyes of God, no matter their race, ethnicity, sex or any other factor.

“For God shows no partiality.”

–Romans 2:11

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

– Galatians 3:28

While the article implies that America was founded on Christian principles by white men who supported the oppressive English system of laws, the contrary is true.

The second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence starts as follows: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

In the Constitution, there was also the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

The Christian God and Jesus Christ have no prejudices

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

–Romans 10:12-13

“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,”

–Acts 17:26