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Ripley's ''Believe it Or Not'' Musea are racist!/Letter to Ripley's Believe it or Not Amsterdam

maandag 30 april 2018
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RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT MUSEA ARE RACIST!/LETTERTO RIPLEY'S  ''BELIEVE IT OR NOT'' AMSTERDAM

SEE ALSO


https://www.astridessed.nl/ripleys-believe-it-or-not-musea-are-racist-letter-to-ripleys-believe-it-or-not-amsterdam/



RIPLEY'S MUSEUM''BELIEVE IT OR NOT''AMSTERDAM

TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANDMANAGEMENT



Subject:Your total lack of respect for non-westernpeople


Dear Directors and Management,

Sitting at a station at saturday 28th of april I could NOTbelieve my eyes, seeing a billboard with a man in a colonial sun helmet, holdinga shrunken head in his hand,, apparently from some non-western humanbeing.When I looked further I saw an image of a native American man[or woman, that was not visible] with an abnormal long neck[obviously fotoshopped for fun!] with a fabricated African necklaceon the abnormal neck,playing a guitar, that ended in a sort of animal with two heads.On her/his head he [or she] wore a sort of headdress, consistingof all non-western cultural symbols in the world [feathers, woollen balls, etc]


It was as if I were transmitted into the 19 century colonial times, the timesof the colonial exhibitions about ''primitive people'' [1]Because after a further investigation I learnt that the billboard wasa reclame for your Ripley's Museum Amsterdam! [2]
The ''Ripley musea'' seem to be a worldwide epidemia [another word I can't find
for it], since there are a lot of musea in the USA [I will writeto them too, don't you worry!], in Asia and Europe, as in Denmark, GreatBritain and here in the Netherlands, Amsterdam! [3]And you, Ripley's Museum, Amsterdam, I take by the head firstly!
Listen further!

RIPLEY MUSEA/DISRESPECTFUL AND RACIST!
It strikes me, that the whole concept of the musea is utterlydisrespectful against non western cultures and people!You will argue, perhaps, that your Ripley Museum Amsterdam,which I am targetting here, harboursall sorts of ''oddities'' and ''fun stuff'', which has nothing to do with nonwestern culture whatsoever! That's true, viewing the ''attractions'' that are showed in themuseum! [4]
But precisely that is the insulting thing, since it is not the issue,that shrunken heads don't exist as a sort of ritual by somepeople [actually they are] [5], but the fact that yourmuseum places ''funny stuffs'' besides shrunken heads andother non western cultural symbols and even besidesimages  from non-western people in their traditionaldressing!
Thus:Placing non-western cultural symbols, as images of traditionalnon-western people together with ''fun stuffs'', is RACIST and

INSULTING towards non-western people.


SHAME TO YOUSHAME TO ALL BOARDS OF DIRECTORS AND MANAGERSOF THE WORLDWIDE RIPLEY MUSEA!!

RIPLEY MUSEA/ORIGINS

Of course I know, that the whole concept of Ripley Musea [6] is originatedfrom the ideas of a man, named Robert Ripley [7], an amateur anthropologist, who has created the ''Ripley's Believe it or Not'' newspaper, panel series, radio show, and television show which feature odd facts from around the world  [8]
And his concept, view of the world, was racist! [9]



Now I can easily forgive Robert Ripley, who, being born in 1890, gotprobably a racist concept as poison in his youth porridge and was a childof his [racist] times.
But nowadays, IN THE 21TH CENTURY, 2018, Ripley's Musea haveno excuses for displaying shrunken heads which peopleactually can touch, and dispaying non-western people intheir traditional [or fantasy] clothes.Just for.....FUN........

EPILOGUE
I write you this letter to show you my indignation, that in the very 21stcentury, after the end of apartheid and the racist Jim Crow Southof the USA, as the end of colonialism, there are musea, which resemble racist and colonialist exhibitions [10], displayingnon-western traditions and people as ''funny stuffs''Your museum is one of the examples.

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME TO YOU!
I don't know how much protests there were against the Ripley''Believe it or Not'' Musea, but at least I raise my voice against itand I will make sure, that others hear about this!

However, I ask, no DEMAND from you, not to close yourmuseum, but that you remove the insulting images ofshrunken heads and the displaying of non-westernpeople in traditional clothing, from yourcollection.
That you have a collection of funny stuff:
FINEBut NOT including non-western traditions and people!
BUT NON WESTERN TRADITIONS ARE NOT FUNNY,BUT CULTURAL CUSTOMS!
NON WESTERN PEOPLE ARE NOT ''FUNNY'', BUT HUMANBEINGS!
If you continue to expose this racist stuff, you will bear theconsequences and will be known as RACIST, INSULTINGAND NEO COLONIAL!

Make the right choice and wake up in the 21th century!
Thanks for reading this letter.

Kind greetings
Astrid EssedAmsterdam 

NOTES





[1]

WIKIPEDIAINTERNATIONAL COLONIAL AND EXPORT EHIBITION
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ International_Colonial_and_Exp ort_Exhibition


WIKIPEDIACOLONIAL EXHIBITION


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Colonial_exhibition 



[2]

RIPLEY'S ''BELIEVE IT OR NOT'' AMSTERDAM

https://www.ripleys.com/amster dam/



[3]


WIKIPEDIARIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT/MUSEUMS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Ripley%27s_Believe_It_or_Not!# Museums


ORIGINAL SOURCE
WIKIPEDIARIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Ripley%27s_Believe_It_or_Not



[4]


RIPLEY'S ''BELIEVE IT OR NOT'' AMSTERDAM

https://www.ripleys.com/amster dam/



[5]


WIKIPEDIASHRUNKEN HEAD/SIGNIFICANCE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Shrunken_head#Significance



ORIGINAL SOURCE

WIKIPEDIASHRUNKEN HEAD


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Shrunken_head


[6]


WIKIPEDIARIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT/MUSEUMS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Ripley%27s_Believe_It_or_Not!# Museums


ORIGINAL SOURCE
WIKIPEDIARIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Ripley%27s_Believe_It_or_Not!







[7]


WIKIPEDIAROBERT RIPLEY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Robert_Ripley



[8]


'' LeRoy Robert Ripley (December 25, 1890 – May 27, 1949)[1] was an American cartoonistentrepren eur, and amateur anthropologist who is known for creating the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio show, and television show which feature odd facts from around the world.''


WIKIPEDIAROBERT RIPLEY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Robert_Ripley 




[9]

'' Thompson notes that Ripley, as a product of his time, was unsurprisingly racist, often complaining about different ethnicities including “Mohammedans” of the Middle East and their “headache scarves” (his term for turban). It should come as no shock that Ripley harboured these prejudices, or that he saw no problem with putting people he deemed “interesting” and “unique” on display.''
MUSINGS:[MASTER OF MUSEUM STUDIES BLOG AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO]BELIEVE IT OR NOT: THE STRANGE AND CURIOUSLIFE OF ROBERT RIPLEY20 JANUARY 2015
http://musingsmmst.blogspot.nl /2015/01/believe-it-or-not-str ange-and-curious.html


[10]


WIKIPEDIAINTERNATIONAL COLONIAL AND EXPORT EHIBITION
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ International_Colonial_and_Exp ort_Exhibition


WIKIPEDIACOLONIAL EXHIBITION


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Colonial_exhibition