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Seattle museum staff walk out objecting antisemitism exhibit isn't pro-Palestenian

The Wing Luke Museum in Seattle has been forced to close after nearly 30 staffers, about half of the museum's workforce, walked out in protest at its new 'Confronting Hate Together' exhibit. The walkout meant the tourist had no other option but to close.

The staffers are unhappy with the type of language used in the exhibit claiming parts of it 'conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism.'

The workers walked off the job on opening day of the exhibit, forcing the museum to close. They are vowing to remain on strike until their demands are met and the displays are changed.

The disgruntled staffers, who work at the only pan-Asian art and history museum in the United States, wrote, 'Zionism has no place in our communities and being anti-Zionist goes hand in hand with our own liberation as AA/NHPI. ๐‘ถ๐’–๐’“ ๐’”๐’๐’๐’Š๐’…๐’‚๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’‡๐’๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐‘จ๐‘จ/๐‘ต๐‘ฏ๐‘ท๐‘ฐ ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’•๐’–๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”.'

The 26 striking workers are now demanding the removal of any language from the exhibit that attempts to frame Palestinian liberation and anti-Zionism as antisemitism.

They are also calling for the museum to acknowledge its 'limited perspectives', conduct a community review, and center voices and perspectives that align with the museum's mission and values,' the group wrote on social media.

The exhibit had been designed to explore hate against Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as black and Jewish communities.

It was supposed to run from Wednesday through June 30, according to the museum's website.

One panel in particular from the Jewish Historical Society said: 'Today, antisemitism is often disguised as anti-Zionism' - but such a view is a point of contention for the striking staffers, who argue that it conveys Zionist perspectives.

'What is happening in Palestine directly reflects violent colonization and imperialism that has and continues to impact Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander (AA/NHP) diaspora for generations,' the disgruntled workers wrote online.

The group raised concerns that the exhibit's portrayal of Zionism contradicts the museum's purpose of addressing the impacts of colonization and imperialism on AA/NHPI diaspora communities.

Following the staff walkout, the museum issued a statement in support of its employees, acknowledging their right to express their beliefs and engage in dialogue.

'Members of Wing Luke Museum's staff held a respectful walk-out in protest of content on display in a new exhibit,' the museum said.

'As an organization rooted in dialogue, we acknowledge and support the right of our staff to express their beliefs and personal truths and to this end, we are holding space for a careful and thoughtful process of listening with intent to hear multiple perspectives in pursuit of a mutual way forward.

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by Anonymousreply 35May 29, 2024 3:04 AM

I thought I was having a stroke, looking at that picture.

by Anonymousreply 1May 27, 2024 2:12 PM

Cue the racists..............

by Anonymousreply 2May 27, 2024 2:57 PM

Pretty insufferable rhetoric for people who polish museum spitoons and fold pamphlets on how to find the toilets.

by Anonymousreply 3May 27, 2024 3:29 PM

Which ones, r2?

by Anonymousreply 4May 27, 2024 3:35 PM

It's Seattle. No surprise. It's a city with an over-representation of insufferable, covert narcissistic, infantile yte people.

by Anonymousreply 5May 27, 2024 3:39 PM

Sounds like an illegal strike. Fire them.

by Anonymousreply 6May 27, 2024 3:53 PM

โ€ฆand their next workplace..Starbucks.

by Anonymousreply 7May 27, 2024 3:59 PM

Well, they certainly have all of the right buzzwords!!

[quote] vowing to remain on strike until their demands are met

[quote] center voices

[quote] violent colonization and imperialism

[quote] we are holding space


by Anonymousreply 8May 27, 2024 4:37 PM

I wonder how many of the staff that walked out are young women? I would venture most, if not all.

by Anonymousreply 9May 27, 2024 5:21 PM

[quote] how many of the staff that walked out are young women?

It's Seattle. You have to also count pseudo women

by Anonymousreply 10May 27, 2024 5:37 PM

If they don't have a union, they can all be replaced.

by Anonymousreply 11May 27, 2024 5:39 PM

Everybody thinks they get to make โ€œdemandsโ€ these days.

by Anonymousreply 12May 27, 2024 5:41 PM

I hope someone starts a petition on Change.org demanding their immediate dismissal.

by Anonymousreply 13May 27, 2024 6:16 PM

Is anyone going to care that they can't go to this dumb museum. I don't get it. It's not like a stike that affects anything that matters.

by Anonymousreply 14May 27, 2024 10:14 PM

Why is a museum that celebrates East Asian and Pacific Islander culture even having an exhibit about antisemitism in the first place?

by Anonymousreply 15May 27, 2024 10:22 PM

Several hours ago. Closed almost a week

View of the strikers shows they look pretty much as you might expect

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by Anonymousreply 16May 27, 2024 10:29 PM

Thereโ€™s bad hate and thereโ€™s good hate.

by Anonymousreply 17May 27, 2024 10:31 PM

Fire them all!

by Anonymousreply 18May 27, 2024 10:33 PM

According to the video, the museum administration supports them because the museum is "rooted in dialogue."

by Anonymousreply 19May 27, 2024 11:30 PM

R15, from the article..."The exhibit had been designed to explore hate against Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as black and Jewish communities." We're not the only ones who have become an alphabet soup.

by Anonymousreply 20May 27, 2024 11:41 PM

One way ticket to Gaza for them.

by Anonymousreply 21May 27, 2024 11:55 PM

The Jewish Historical Society has to disavow the right to view Israel as the historic Jewish homeland? Fire these people.

by Anonymousreply 22May 28, 2024 12:03 AM

There are more men and theyโ€™re much older than I expected. Everyone looks like a middle aged social worker. Shouldnโ€™t an Asian museum have more Asians working there?

by Anonymousreply 23May 28, 2024 12:21 AM

I misread. The Jewish Historical Society was represented on a panel but is not connected to the museum.

If the museum is going to capitulate, it shouldn't have bothered.

by Anonymousreply 24May 28, 2024 12:28 AM

The men all look gay except, maybe, the guy in the suit.

by Anonymousreply 25May 28, 2024 12:43 AM

[Quote] The staffers are unhappy with the type of language used in the exhibit claiming parts of it 'conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism.'

A perfectly reasonable objection. Good for them for not wanting to gaslight their visitors.

by Anonymousreply 26May 28, 2024 12:45 AM

Rightโ€”because nobody uses anti-Zionism as a cover for antisemitism. Total gaslighting.

by Anonymousreply 27May 28, 2024 12:48 AM

Why arenโ€™t any of these people going to Gaza to help?

by Anonymousreply 28May 28, 2024 12:00 PM

Are they going to build a CHAZ and go one a hungry strike for a day?

by Anonymousreply 29May 28, 2024 5:00 PM

Don't they realize that they are mere proles and no one cares what they think?

by Anonymousreply 30May 28, 2024 5:54 PM

They shut the place down, r30.

by Anonymousreply 31May 28, 2024 7:23 PM

museums should be run like a democracy. every museum will end up with a Batmobile and Harry Potter props but at least everyone who works there will have a say in what's displayed.

by Anonymousreply 32May 28, 2024 8:44 PM

Why donโ€™t they just close the museum permanently. No great loss to anyone.

by Anonymousreply 33May 28, 2024 8:52 PM

I think sending them directly to Gaza is a great idea since they like it and "support it" so much.

by Anonymousreply 34May 28, 2024 9:04 PM

^ Make them wear "Queers for Palestine" shirts in Palestine. They will be a hit (as in head hitting ground at 60 miles per hour).

by Anonymousreply 35May 29, 2024 3:04 AM
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