National Museum of African American History & Culture Issues Statement on Backlash Over White Hip-Hop Curator


Timothy Anne Burnside has been curating the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s hip-hop exhibit since the museum opened over 2 years ago, but the fact that Burnside is a white woman was news to many people until one seemingly innocuous tweet was posted that erupted into something more within hours.

@DJChubbESwagg tweeted, “THERE IS A WHITE WOMAN CURATING THE HIP HOP PART OF THE NMAAHC SMITHSONIAN?!?!?!?!?!?!? WHO LET THIS SHIT HAPPEN!?!?!”

Swagg’s tweet sparked a conversation on who should be curating black spaces, and why couldn’t the museum find a black person to run the exhibit. Many of Burnside’s celebrity and Internet “famous” Black friends came to her defense, and even garnered a lot of side eyes from social media as they seemingly berated Swagg,…

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