BUT IS IT ART  2:45 pm April 20, 2012

Racist Gallery Available For People Who Can’t Afford To Visit Alabama

by Erik Jay

ArtBig Rapids, MI –- Jim Crow is back, baby! Ferris State University has recently opened the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and it is chock-full of beautifully restored treasures of hatred. The museum has the nation’s largest public collection of racist artifacts. Founder David Pilgrim makes no apologies for the museum and hopes it will serve as a learning tool to those who need to be taught it isn’t polite to hate. The shiny new museum only cost $1.3 million which is a bargain compared to turning the entire South into a giant fishbowl.

The Museum offers a timeline of the African American experience in the US, divided into six sections: ‘Africa Before Slavery,’ ‘Slavery in America,’ ‘Reconstruction,’ ‘Jim Crow,’ ‘Civil Rights’ and ‘Post Civil Rights.’

David Pilgrim says it “is all about teaching, not a shrine to racism.” The gallery is “to get people to think deeply.” Pilgrim, who is a dude of color, is no stranger to racism. He is also a former sociology professor at Ferris State. He started the collection over 30 years ago in Alabama, a very obscure place to seek out racist artifacts. But Pilgrim had a hunch that racism might be in other places too, so he followed his instincts and eventually wound up with a 2000 piece collection. It was a good thing that there was so much hate and racism everywhere to make his job so easy. Pilgrim says, “It became the way I relaxed.” With all of these unlimited examples of relaxation, he felt it was time to donate his collection to Ferris State University.

This is also great news for Asians, Mexicans, Middle Easterners, Caucasians, religious, homosexuals, homeless, disfigured, obese, women, mentally and physically challenged people who are looking to find something to do with all the hate memorabilia they collect on a daily basis. This could create so many galleries, jobs and provide education to those who have not mastered racism.

The gallery opens April 26 and admission is free to most. [ NY Daily News]

 
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Barb April 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Have they erected the statue of the transvaginal ultrasound yet for the women who will be the slaves of the future?

Jus_Wonderin April 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

"Captain, Womb Drives are ready."
"Mr. Sulu, Womb Factor 6. Please."
"Aye, aye, Sir."

Barb April 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

"Two to beam aboard, there appears to be no sign of intelligent life in Alabama"

PuckStopsHere April 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Actually, snark aside, I was in Alabama just last week and found the people of Tuscaloosa to be helpful and nice. We were at the University of Alabama and everything seemed to be cool there. And good luck to your Flyers, btw.

Dudleydidwrong April 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I'm in Alabama on business as I write this. Can't say that I disagree about the nice people but hell, nice people are everywhere. It's when they have to deal with religion and politics that they tend to get a bit, uh, ruffled. I don't think that the Civil War has ended yet down here.

Barb April 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Puck!

skoalrebel April 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

We're all slaves to the future, Barb. [spit!] They keep tellin' us to do something for future generations. But what the fuck have future generations ever done for us? [spit!]

Barb April 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Give me a hunk of that chaw! I agree! I don't spit though.

skoalrebel April 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

You swallow, then?

Barb April 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The best women know that when the beer arrives, it had better be cold and cracked open and spitting is wrong.

starfanglednut April 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

There's a guy in one of my AA meetings who chews that stuff. Carries a styrofoam cup to spit into. One of the most disgusting things I've seen in quite some time.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

But I thought women were slaves now, slaves tomorrow, slaves forever?

Fare la Volpe April 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Sounds like someone read Twilight.

finallyhappy April 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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nounverb911 April 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Do blahs have a separate entrance?

weejee April 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Water fountains and bathrooms, too, also.

actor212 April 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Yes, but it only costs 3/5!

Maman April 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Admission is free to most? Does that mean racists have to pay? That would be sweet!

Crank_Tango April 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

that would be cool if they had some sort of symbol that racists had to wear…like something on their lapel, a colored star or something, no wait, maybe not.

Jus_Wonderin April 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Chappelle Pins? Yes, it makes no sense but…it seems perfect that they'd have to wear it.

Maman April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Red bulls-eyes?

Crank_Tango April 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

surveyors' marks, perhaps?

MissTaken April 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Flag Pin?

IncenseDebate April 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I thought Mississippi was the Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

ChernobylSoup April 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

They have daily reenactments!

elviouslyqueer April 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm
mavenmaven April 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

This is also great news for… You racists, you left out Jews and Little People! This article goes into the museum!

succalina April 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

What about the gheys? Why won't anyone think of the gheys!!!

ifthethunderdontgetya April 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Meanwhile, here's a preview of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

(No guarantees with regards to choreography quality, however.)
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johnnyzhivago April 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

WTF? What is that the Log Cabin Wing of the Klan???

"Hey Vern, tonight we's a gonna string up a coupla nigras – and then we're rehearsing that awesome new set we're planning for the state convention!"

Crank_Tango April 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I'm not racist but…some of my best friends are blah…you know who else…oh whatever, happy friday everyone!

Jus_Wonderin April 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I am off to the farm. So a perfect weekend is in the offing.

I will be "out standing in my field".

flamingpdog April 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

♪ Kickin' in the front of the bus
Sittin' in the back of the bus
Gotta let whitey make my mind up
Which seat can I take? ♪

Crank_Tango April 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Back of the bus with you, Miss Black!Sent from my iPhone

ChernobylSoup April 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

The ALEC wing is still under construction.

nounverb911 April 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I'm surprised the museum isn't in Benton Harbor.

Sharkey April 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I'd like to go and catch an old Disney movie, if they're showing any.

Giveusabob April 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

So they'll be showing "Song of the South" on continuous loop?

Goonemeritus April 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

“The gallery opens April 26 and admission is free to most.”

Does he plan to just charge the Irish?

ChernobylSoup April 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

The Welsh sure as hell won't pay.

iburl April 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

only the uppity black Irish.

Jus_Wonderin April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Only the drunk ones?

Fare la Volpe April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

So all of 'em, Katie.

prommie April 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hey, many hipster blah peoples ironically collect racist memorabilia. I would love to find a genuine old paper with a "No Irish Need Apply" ad in it.

Jus_Wonderin April 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Actually, I agree. I love to have something like that if I had any idea what my heritage was. I think we might be French and Dutch. I am confused. Mostly.

Fare la Volpe April 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I had a black professor who legitimately did collect racist memorabilia. Truth be told much of it was part of a lecture she did on representations of color, but she said that by collecting and mocking a piece, it helped her to take away the sting of its message.

There are also artists out there like Jean Grosser who take hate literature and turn it into empowering art about racism and antisemitism.

Man0nTheStreet April 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

"No Irish Need Apply"
– wasn't that on the cover of a PiL or Big Audio Dynamite album?

natoslug April 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Fortunately, nobody's ever told a joke at the expense of us Poles, or we'd have to take a break from all our mathematics and getting slaughtered to go beat on someone.

George Spelvin April 21, 2012 at 12:04 am

Oh, c'mon, poles, zeroes, whatevs.

JustPixelz April 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

If the Confederacy had won the Civil War Between the States, he could have stopped with the "Slavery in America" section. But think of how much more stuff he'd have in his collection. Including himself! (Unless he was able to runaway from Alabama.)

SayItWithWookies April 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I can't wait for the Museum of Reverse Racism to open up — that'll be highlighting people who call Rush Limbaugh a racist, black people who get admitted to college (because — you know — equal opportunity stuff) and anyone who mocks Sarah Palin's children.

chicken_thief April 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

That sumbitch is going to be bursting at the seams in no time.

barto April 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Is there a separate entrance for those people? You know, just in fun and all.

prommie April 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Watermelon and fried chicken up there, but no grape soda. Grape soda references are much more hip than watermelon and fried chicken references. And don't forget the fear of dogs and ghosts, known as "sperrits."

finallyhappy April 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

What does grape soda mean?

chicken_thief April 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I'll toast that comment with a gin and juice!

SayItWithWookies April 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

You mean haints?

Baconzgood April 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

So much hate so little time.

skoalrebel April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hot damn! [spit!] I'd like some of that stuff for my front yard. The trailer needs a bit o' sprucin' up this spring, and there's some mighty fine stuff there. [spit!] Thanks, Wonkette!

Fare la Volpe April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

So…am I the only white person who totally wants to see this?

Whenever my confidence soars too high, I need to find a new excuse to hate myself and all of humanity.

prommie April 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Is that from School Ties?

widestanceromance April 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

As an openly white man, I'd go, with my colored husband, just to bring the awkward (I assume my admission would be reduced by bringing him–wait for it, yes, only 3/5ths retail price!).

Fare la Volpe April 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Ironically, no queers allowed. Go figure.

finallyhappy April 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

what color is he?

widestanceromance April 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

A fine caramel, with flushes of raspberry if he reads this.

Negropolis April 23, 2012 at 12:52 am

I keep reading about how people go and get depressed looking at the exhibits, and maybe it's because I'm young, but I want to go for a good time. If it will be inappropriate to laugh at stuff so comically offensive, maybe I need to skip this. Plus, Big Rapids is very far away, even for most Michiganders.

coolhandnuke April 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I call bullshit on "a dude of color." David Pilgrim is quite possibly the whitest, blandest, crackerbarrelest, milquetoastiest, WalMartiest, McWonderbreadiest name to fall off the saltine truck in a coons age.

chicken_thief April 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

You may be on to something – he's about as "colored" as the average blue haired lady in FL.
http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/presid

prommie April 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I hear they are going to build the Museum of Lynching in Tavares, Florida. Or else Roseville.

elviouslyqueer April 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm
flamingpdog April 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Well, it's not like there isn't already a Museum of Jew Lynching just down the road from Preznit Barry's house.

MissTaken April 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

4 blocks away?

actor212 April 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Ferris State? What can you major in? Advanced Wheel Dynamics?

coolhandnuke April 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Buellernomics?

flamingpdog April 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I wanna go there – I hear they have a lot of days off.

Generation[redacted] April 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Their sister college gets no respect.

Guppy April 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

But Ben Stein is faculty.

George Spelvin April 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

Well, it's not as uptight as Ferric State.

gullywompr April 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Nevar forget.

actor212 April 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

"Nearer" my God to Thee

dadanarchist April 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

"Racism must be over if there's a museum of it!" – Fox News Bobblehead, Any Day Now

Man0nTheStreet April 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

3…2…1…

prommie April 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Check out the ebay, here is a slave bill of sale, and they only want $2,775.00 for it! http://www.ebay.com/itm/1855-SOUTH-CAROLINA-SLAVE

George Spelvin April 21, 2012 at 12:08 am

You. Are. Fucking. Shitting. Me.

No?

Fuck us all.

teebob2000 April 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Damn me, that pic actually made me laugh with its extreme lunacy.

Jus_Wonderin April 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love the alt-txt: "Art."

OneDollarJuana April 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Hey, don't be dissin' Big Rapids. I met my lovely wife there in a tequila-soaked haze of green smoke at the shack of her deer-poachin' white trash (at the time) cousin. I have very fond memories of Big Rapids.

And she's still very lovely.

Mumbletypeg April 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Ferris [wheel]

Dick Cheney sees this as fertile ground to finish developing plans for the Waterboard Water-Park of his dreams.

SayItWithWookies April 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

There'll be fun games for the kids too — like bobbing for water.

Mumbletypeg April 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Same with the Wave "Waive-Your-Rights" Pool..

GhostBuggy April 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

He's waiting to see how sales of his Waterboard Waterpik do.

FakaktaSouth April 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Haha Michigan, he's all yours now.
Alabama does have the Civil Rights Institute, and if you want to cry for a couple of hours it is very beautiful and incredibly well done.
http://www.bcri.org/index.html

Fare la Volpe April 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

And for anyone who hasn't yet, definitely check out the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. It's built out of the very motel where MLK was shot, and doesn't skimp on his "Poor People's Campaign" later years.

spareme April 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Fakakta you beat me to it. A guy I work with, the biggest racist, lunitic rightwingtard, and in general asshole, was a parent on his daughters field trip there yesterday. ALL of us at work could not wait for him to get in here today, figuring they probably had to kick him out of there. Instead, he came back in awe of the whole thing, including the lesbian exhibit they have up right now (it's outstanding). If this made that kind of impression on this guy, maybe every asshole in the country should see it.

GhostBuggy April 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I've always said Michigan is the South of the North, but now I guess we really are.

Negropolis April 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

Read the article, my dear. This isn't some white dude collecting Klan robes for "posterity".

Arken April 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

According to an Antiques Road Show I saw once, collecting racist kitsch is a niche market in the black community.

Abbystinence April 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Museum to include:
1.) Fox News Employee Roster
2.) Republican Voter Rolls
3.) Caucasians residing south of the Mason-Dixon line

Man0nTheStreet April 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

"The gallery opens April 26 and admission is free to most."

So, teh Joose are charged, both to enter and to leave?

Limeylizzie April 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

OT Quick watch Martin Bashir talk to Carl Palladino , it's awesome.

yrbmegr April 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Please tell me admission is $0.50, only for white people. Please!

coolhandnuke April 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

They should just say the Museum is run by a white guy named Art.

smokefilledroommate April 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

So, uh, Jim Crow is the new black?

Mumbletypeg April 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I can't bear to have that image (photo) flicker across my screen here at work, so I'll be returning later to peruse y'all's valuable snark later, when I'm back home, after ritually cleansing my eyeballs with bleach.

not that Dewey April 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I expect to see an exhibit of people eating dogs, right?

Anyway, Michigan, New Mexico has got you beat. Yes, that's right. It's a single Stormfront I mean storefront.

Guppy April 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

The contents consist of a single picture of an arrow pointing west, captioned "Arizona is that way."

flamingpdog April 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Michigan? I'm looking forward to the man-on-the-scene report from Wonkette's own Negropolis. ROAD TRIIIIIP!!!1!

smitallica April 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The new museum features a pre-Civil War Wing, a Reconstruction-Through-Today Wing, and a Fried Chicken Wing.

chicken_thief April 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Admission is free, but parking is $50. Except for Cadillacs and SUVs with 20 in spinners, which get free, front row spots.

Antispandex April 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Ah, the good old days, when everyone knew their place….Has Ann Romney anything to contribute, I wonder?

Generation[redacted] April 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Will they be updating it for the 2012 election season?

SockBunny April 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

And the Cafeteria! I've always wanted to design a hate-themed menu.

Bogtrotter's Boiled Dinner
Spic N' Spam Special
Greasy Wop Macaroni
Fruit Salad
The Sheriff's sh*t-eating-grin chocolate pudding

And so on. I'm sure you guys can do better.

mrblifil April 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

GREASEPAINT LIBEL!

bagofmice April 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I would be one to think that the racism museum is a bit like the holocaust museum. Kind of a "never again" instrument.

Negropolis April 23, 2012 at 12:56 am

Well, that's exactly what it's for.

glamourdammerung April 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

But I keep getting screamed at by teabaggers about how their was no racism beyond Robert Byrd being in the Klan at one point (back in the 1940s, an era of enlightened tolerance of other races).

BZ1 April 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

at least he's removing some of this trash from other people's collections

George Spelvin April 21, 2012 at 12:10 am

Erik: Outstanding linkie of "racist artifacts".

groverjefferson April 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

So, I know we're all here for lulz, but I'd be remiss if I didn't put in my two cents to say that I've had personal experience with this project, and its intent is indeed a noble one.

Dr. Pilgrim (who gives outstanding speeches on the importance of racial diversity and the lasting realness of discrimination to a campus that specializes in more technical education) collects these artifacts to get them out of the hands of people who would collect them with fondness, and instead directs them toward a larger goal. Seen in one room, the collective effect of these objects, which are all freely sold and traded today all over our supposedly "post-racial" society, are a powerful reminder of the work we've yet to do as a country.

ttommyunger April 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

Pass. All I have to do is look out of any of my windows.

Negropolis April 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

I really have to get to this, one of these days. I remember when the local media was interviewing the guy when he was looking for a home for the exhibit. He'd essentially had the stuff packed into his house, but could only show so much of it (and only at particular times). He's been working on this project, for years, and it's good to see he found a home, though, my only gripe is that I wish he wouldn't have ended up all the way up in Big Rapids.

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