published : 2023-09-30
Latino conservatives demand Congress defund Smithsonian's planned 'Marxist' Latino American Museum
Opponents of the Latino American museum said it promotes a 'Marxist' ideology
A group of over a dozen conservative Latinos has written to Congress demanding the defunding of the Smithsonian's planned Latino American Museum. They claim that the museum promotes a 'leftist ideological narrative' that distorts the portrayal of Hispanics in the US.
Alfonso Aguilar, the President of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, stated that the museum does not celebrate the culture and contributions of Americans of Hispanic origin. Instead, it advances an extreme leftist ideology that cancels the real experience of Hispanic communities.
The controversy surrounding the Smithsonian's Latino Museum has reached a tipping point. The group of conservative Latinos sent a letter to Rep. Kay Granger and Rep. Tom Cole, urging them to stop all funding for the museum.
The first exhibit of the Latino Museum, titled 'Presente! A Latino History of the United States,' faced criticism for its 'Marxist narrative' of the Hispanic experience in America. Critics argue that it offers an unabashedly Marxist portrayal of history, religion, and economics, reducing the identity and history of Hispanics in the US to a 'struggle for justice' driven by a leftist ideology.
Mike Gonzalez, a Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, highlighted the negative consequences of the museum's message. He believes it seeks to permanently categorize Americans from Latin America into a victimhood status rather than promoting success narratives and the values that lead to self-governance and success.
The Hispanic activists and leaders who signed the letter to Congress expressed concern that the Latino Museum is controlled by leftist professors and activists. They argue that the museum has been set up as a platform to promote a culturally Marxist interpretation of the Hispanic experience in the US.
The letter concludes with a clear demand to Congress: defund the plans for the Latino museum in Washington D.C. The signatories would prefer no museum over one that insults Hispanics in such a manner.
The Smithsonian's Latino Museum is yet to respond to requests for comment.