Obama and Afro-American History Museum

Although he would be the first Black president, don’t expect Obama to abolish slavery,” – Canadian Arab News, June 10, 2008.

Last month America’s Black Jewish President Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama performed the opening ceremony of country’s National Museum of Afro-American History and Culture, saying the museum represents the Afro-American Holocaust, and Black people’s achievement.

Beyond the majesty of the building, what makes this occasion so special is the larger story it contains. African-American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story. It’s not the underside of the American story. It is central to the American story,” said Obama.

Over 150,000 people of all colors came to Washington to attend the ceremony to dedicate 37,000-square-metre, bronze-clad building – a 100 year dream come true.

Afro-American leaders first proposed a national museum of Black American history in 1915, 50 years after the end of the Civil War. Pres. George W. Bush signed the law presented by Congress that authorized its creation in 2003 and its construction began in 2012. US Israel-First Congressman John Robert Lewis (D-Georgia) co-sponsored the legislation. Its supporters envisioned the museum having a positive affect on local school children.

Thanks to Jewish Lobby, there is hardly any presence of Nation of Islam, and the Malcolm X exhibit is between a display on the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a window depicting Jewish Civil Rights group NAACP’s leader Robert Williams, 1964 author of Negroes With Guns. There are also few items from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The museum cost $540 million with US taxpayers footing nearly half of it, which is peanuts as compared what the Washington Holocaust Museum is costing the taxpayers since it opened in 1993 – $38 million annually just on its maintenance.

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