Racial Division in the National Center for Civil and Human Rights?


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Considering all of the division in the city we call Atlanta, the guiding question is if the National Center for Civil and Human Rights ameliorates racial division?

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights unintentionally excludes other races by not speaking out to them in different ways such as art. In order for change to happen in the world so it may be able to get everyone to utilize the rights that they have, there needs to be connectivity to all races. There needs to be a middle ground where everybody is able to meet hand in hand. There needs to be change here in order to have all races connect on a level. According to Lynch, radical trust may help museums to become more aware of their legacies of prejudice.  This will help them negotiate knowledge and power with others in the future within a spirit of genuine reciprocity. This type of work can bring groups together and share experiences and participate on equal terms. The myths of the cultures on a shared terrain that is new to each belongs to no one alone. Do not be discouraged by the difficulties of democracy in museums, but keep trying because of them. Take action to get the center to speak more to you in order to get a diversity of people to go and see what is inside the building because what is in there has the potential to inspire people.

Taking account that I visited the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, recently. I would say no it does not help the races come together as a whole. For instance, I was there and from an observatory stand point, I could say that it was way more of one race there than any other. There was more Caucasian people there than any other race. There were loads and loads of them. Why is that? Why is there more of one race here than any other if this is a civil rights museum and it is here to inspire everyone to ignite a change for the future?

The Center for Civil and Human Rights does not speak to everyone. The design of the place appeals only to the Caucasian people. According to James Heaton, museums are stuck at a 90% white attendance, despite that whites are only 66% of the U.S. population. Heaton interview a group of people of why they do not attend museums. That is sort of a problem being the fact that they are available to everybody. Many of there responses were the stereotypes about their race that they are afraid of people to believe. One person in particular feared that her son would act up and people would create negative stereotypes about her race.

Maybe if the museum was more appealing to all races then maybe more people would come. There was a study that art in museums bring people together. Inside the museum there is not as much art but more pictures and diagrams and such. Incorporating art could be a way of getting a diversity of people to come. Adding art from that era or creating more art that depicts some of the events would be a way of getting individuals from different ethnic group to come along. According to Krukar, a comfortable space does not enhance the memory. A badly designed museum can definitely inhibit that experience. Current data does not determine where the boundaries of a badly designed gallery lies. A badly designed space can shift the potential outcome of a cautiously prepared, curated exhibition into one driven mainly by salience. Analyses presented can contribute curator’s understanding of the potential impact of their exhibitions. This is probably another reason why many different races do not go.

Many can see this as people not taking advantage of there resources. They are available to everybody and that anyone is able to go of there free will. Well let’s be honest here. Many of us do this whether you are black, white, native, asian, etc.

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We all do not do something because it does not speak to us. Some of us do not attend church because it specifically does not speak out to you. Some people do not attend parties because it does not speak out to you. Many people skip school and other important events because it does not speak out to you in any possible way. That being said, if this Center for Civil and Human Rights wants to get everyone’s attention, it needs to speak to all races. If the center wants to inspire everyone for the future, it needs to speak to everyone to ignite that flame of possibilities.