“WE CAN DO BETTER,” CLAIM US MUSEUMS CRITICIZED FOR HOLLOW SIGNS OF BLM SOLIDARITY
As the ongoing protests over George Floyd’s death, police brutality, and racism roil the United States, museums across the country are being called out for not doing more to condemn racist policing and to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Many art institutions have issued statements about racial injustice that have been criticized as “vague” or “throwaway” comments, and have been slow to directly confront the May 25 killing of Floyd by white Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin. Among the museums that faced backlash was the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, which apologized for its first statement in response to the nationwide uprisings. On Twitter, Getty president Jim Cuno wrote: “‘We heard you. Thank you. We learned that we can do much better expressing our Getty values than we did yesterday.’”