Whoa. Brooklyn Museum is taking the heat. Museums as a group comprise a formidable – and vulnerable – institution. Museums are defacto caretakers and interpreters of our collective art history and our cultural consciousness. Big responsibility; a slippery slope. The conflicts that have existed since inception are no longer being ignored. There are scores to be settled and debts to be paid. Among the grievances, the stridency of the correctness police, the historical record and the tone of the times there is a thread of justice that must be found. Decolonization – plus Restitution and Repatriation – are the dues that eventually must be brought current.
Nineteen signatories are demanding action from the museum on at least seven particulars. The signers are: Decolonize This Place, Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN), Flower Lovers Against Corruption (FLAC), Equality for Flatbush (E4F), Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP), Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification, NYC Stands with Standing Rock, Black Youth Project 100, Eagle & Condor Community Center, Bronx Social Center, Chinatown Art Brigade, Dancing for Justice, El Salón, Free University-NYC, Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), Occupy Museums, People’s Cultural Plan, Take Back The Bronx, W.A.G.E.