National Civil Rights Museum
National Civil Rights Museum exists to educate the public about the
history of the Civil Rights Movement and to promote Civil Rights issues
in a proactive and non-violent manner.
it fails to live up to these ideals. The truth is that the museum has
become a Disney-style tourist attraction, which seems preoccupied with
gaining financial success, rather than focussing on the real issues.
Many people have criticized the "tone" with which information is portrayed
- Do we really want our children to gaze upon exhibits from the Ku Klux
Klan, do we need our children to experience mock verbal abuse as they
enter a replica bus depicting the Montgomery bus boycott. Do we have
so little imagination, that we need to spend thousands of taxpayers
dollars recreating a fake Birmingham jail, to understand that Dr. King
in all, the greatest criticism of the Museum is that it dwells heavily
on negativity and violence. Surely the underlying signals must portray
hope and non-violence.