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National Museum of African American History and Culture - a political and cultural milestone

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America settentrionale | Washington

Washington is formally a white city, in the sense that many of its great monuments - buildings and urban elements recognizable across the globe - are Eurocentric, bespoke white objects set amid the vast green expanse of the Mall and other public landscapes. This is the traditional view of the nation’s capital embraced by Hollywood and television, and encountered by throngs of tourists and school groups from across the United States. Washington is also of course a black city, a city with a populous African American community that even now, a century and a half after the abolition of slavery, is still in need of equity and respect. This is the lingering dichotomy of the US capital: visual aesthetics versus socioeconomic reality. The most recent addition to the Washington seen by tourists and by consumers of media sets out, if not to right this imbalance, to at least recalibrate...

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