While searching for something else online I stumbled upon: The National Public Housing Museum. Who knew? Amazing right? How many museum goers are going to find this interesting? It sounds depressing to me, I mean don’t people want to escape the projects? Most museums are devoted to art, history, or science. Most museums are tributes to progress, to success, to man’s achievements or the achievements of one man. But this museum is almost certainly intended as a monument to the progressive movement, certainly a part of history but one that is probably better served by some scholarly research dedicated to one of the worse periods in American history.
Of course it is located in Chicago. As “the Cool Gent,” Herbert Rogers Kent said in his letter of support for the museum, “Few cities have had a more dramatic connection to public housing than Chicago. Chicago has been home to some of the first urban public housing efforts in the nation, including some of the largest and most significant developments . . . (for people) of subsidized housing.”
The museum is not open yet, and is currently looking for its second director, but it does have a very informative website which can be seen here, where unlike most museum websites (and I have looked at literally hundreds) it not only ask the public to donate their stories, their time and/or money, but gives nothing in return except a rather cleverly worded history of public housing. It wisely includes only a few references to the harsh reality that no one lived there unless they were desperate and that the ambition of most residents was to leave:
. . . from the idealism of the 1930s to more recent challenges—is the story of family, community, and society. From Chicago to Amsterdam to Singapore, public housing has been one of the most important public policies of the 20th century. . .
In no other city has the transformation of existing public housing been so rapid and thorough, and it is serving as a model for the rest of the nation. In this process, the tangible evidence of the places that hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans once called home, where they raised their families and coped with the demands of urban life, is fast disappearing.
Also from the website, is the statement that “The Museum draws on the power of place and memory to illuminate the resilience of poor and working class families of every race and ethnicity to realize the promise of America.” But the reality is that
the projects public housing is not the promise of America, and most people know it. This museum helps no one, but it promotes class division as do so many programs of the left. It is not uplifting or encouraging, it's purpose is to reinforce the notion that government is here to help you, and to normalize misery. Public housing is not something to be proud of (and if federally funded is a direct violation of the 10th Amendment) yet the useful idiots who are promoting it act as if they areblind to the fact that public housing has been a disaster for the families who have lived there and society as a whole.
The museum is currently in a temporary location, and seems to have had only one exhibit, weirdly on music (rarely a suitable topic for a museum exhibit as museum exhibits are usual a visual experience). But the website says nothing about a collection of artifacts are archives. However it does proclaim that “We envision this restored building as a museum and study center, a challenging place to preserve and reveal history, to foster dialogue and to create change.” “Fostering dialogue,” a typical left-wing meme. Perhaps that is the problem with society today, a little bit too much dialogue and not enough action (or reality).
Founding Executive Director Keith L. Magee left the museum sometime after September 2012 and it is now searching for his replacement who they expect to pay $75,000-$100,000 per year. The staff of four includes a “Curator of Creativity and Public Engagement” – a curious title to say the least, how do you curate creativity and public engagement? Traditionally curators have been the resident historian and person responsible for “the stuff” (i.e. artifacts and archives) which are the core of any normal museum. But this is not a normal museum.
As explained above the website is very informative and fortunately gives not only a list of supporters but scans of the actual letters of support. What the website doesn’t provide is “the rest of the story” to coin a phrase. I found most of the supporters on-line, and not surprising it reads like a “Who’s Who” of the far left, including at least one individual currently serving time.
Letters of Support
Mayor Emanuel – Rahm Emanuel, aka “Deadfish Emanuel,” current Mayor of Chicago
Mayor Daley – Richard M. Daley, another Democrat and a former Chicago Mayor
Senator Obama – Barack Hussein Obama, the leader of the revolution
Senator Durbin – Dick Durbin, never met a government program he didn’t like
Congressman Davis – Danny K. Davis accepted money from Rev. Moon’s organization and the terrorists organization “Tamil Tigers”
Congressman Rush – Bobby L. Rush, a communist, loyal Democrat with an arrest record
Congressman Jessie Jackson, Jr., a communist, currently doing 30 month prison sentence
State Senator Hendon - Rickey R. Hendon, Asst. Majority Leader, Illinois, currently involved a federal investigation
Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele, a man never met a tax he didn’t
Alderman Robert W. Fioretti, given the "Defender of Public Education" Award from the Chicago
Teachers Union, AFT Local and he has also focused on "food deserts" in Chicago, see here
Alderman Walter Burnett, most noted for his nepotism
Alderman Pat Dowell , I could not find enough on her to comment
Illinois Arts Council – Shirley R. Madigan, is the head, she has lots of DNC connections
Mr. Herb Kent, aka "The Cool Gent" – a Chicago radio personality
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies - located in Chicago
Roosevelt University – named for FDR, it is dedicated to “social justice”
The Field Museum – the mission statement says it is “concerned with diversity”
School of Social Service Administration – a leftist indoctrination center
Arne Duncan, Chicago Public Schools – the current Secretary of the Department of Education, this unconstitutional department by its existence violates the 10th Amendment
National Museum of African American History – another violation of the 10th Amendment
Alex Kotlowitz – a left-wing writer who focuses on Chicago
Floyd O. May, National Organization of African Americans in Housing (NOAAH)
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) – of course they support this museum
Henry Cisneros, – Former Secretary of HUD (Housing and Urban Development), recently he has been member the board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (see Common Core) and Countrywide Financial Corporation (see here)
As one famous pundit put it, “I hope it fails," not the individuals but the institution because failing will be good for America. If history is any sort of guide, and it is, it will fail because everything the left has done fails.