Source: The Huffington Post
By Michael B. Keegan, President, People For the American Way
The Smithsonian has made a mistake. The institution responsible for preserving and celebrating American history has chosen to selectively edit that history to appease the wishes of a cultural fringe movement. Its irresponsible action — removing a controversial work of art from a National Portrait Gallery exhibit — has failed to satisfy right-wing advocates of censorship, while provoking a strong backlash from many of the institution’s strongest supporters.
In the weeks since the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from the Portrait Gallery, funders have withdrawn their support for the Smithsonian, artists have requested that their work be removed from the institution, and Americans have lost trust in our national museum. Luckily, and remarkably, there’s a very simple thing the Smithsonian can still do to restore its reputation and create a barrier against further, inevitable, attempts at censorship. It can simply put the art back.
- Internal Tensions Over Smithsonian Censorship, Letter Reveals (censorshipinamerica.wordpress.com)