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  • Art Institute of Chicago museum fired all its volunteer greeters and guides for being "mostly older white women of above-average financial means."

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    Indocency on Display at the Art Institute of Chicago
    The museum fired all its volunteer greeters and guides because most were white women with above average means.
    American News Oct 17, 2021 8:03 PM EST
    Chicago art institute fires all of its volunteer museum guides because most were wealthy white women: report

    On Friday, it was reported that in early September, the Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its docents, or trained volunteer museum guides and greeters, for being "mostly older white women of above-average financial means."
    According to the Wall Street Journal, on Sept. 3, Veronica Stein, an executive director of learning and engagement at the museum, sent an email to the more than 100 docents the museum has, firing all of them.
    "In gratitude for their long, unpaid service—averaging 15 years each—the Art Institute offered the involuntarily retired guides a two-year free pass to the museum," wrote the Wall Street Journal.
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Stein said that the museum needs to move "in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility," reportedly pointing to the predominantly white and above-average financial means of the museum guides as an issue...

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    The Reality of 'Anti-Racism' Across America
    How Midwestern farmers, New York students, Seattle cops, Oakland teachers, and art docents in Chicago are collateral damage in an ideological war.
    Leighton Woodhouse
    Oct 21

    The dogma of “anti-racism” began with an incontrovertible reality: For centuries, black Americans have been the victims of structural and often violent discrimination — slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and attitudes and norms that, to this day, exacerbate poverty and racial disparity. Where anti-racism made its radical departure was in its view about how to fix this knotty problem.

    The proposed solution was no longer what Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall taught: that all human beings are created equal and therefore any kind of discrimination is evil. Instead, it was, explicitly, to embrace discrimination, but this time as a tool of “equity.” In practice, this meant racial discrimination against white and Asian people.

    This vision of anti-racism, as imagined by Ibram X. Kendi and others, is no longer confined to universities and academic journals. It has long since escaped the confines of the quad and has seeped into so many corners of American life. And rather than eradicating racism, it has re-racialized the people and the places it has touched.

    Across the country, there are a series of low-level battles unfolding — on campus, in the classroom, in the courtroom, in the boardroom and at the city council. But also: in farms in the Upper Midwest and the South, in bars and restaurants, in our major urban police forces.

    The point is this: In late 2021, these ideas aren’t just ideas. Nor are they confined to elite institutions.They are affecting countless, less visible, ordinary Americans — and they are stoking a backlash that, I fear, we are only seeing the beginning of.

    Here’s just some of what’s happening...