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On Monday, SFMOMA issued a statement on Instagram saying its post from Saturday “should have more directly expressed our sadness and outrage as an institution at the ongoing trauma and violence that continues to disproportionately affect Black lives.” The statement names Floyd and other black people killed by police and vows to foster change within the organization.
The response is “too little, too late,” Brandon said. “They’re trying to save themselves.”
Nan Keeton, SFMOMA’s deputy director of external relations, elaborated on the museum’s decision to delete Brandon’s comment at a staff meeting Tuesday. Because Brandon’s comment named senior museum leadership figures and included the phrase “museums kill black people too,” SFMOMA deemed the remarks “potential threats” that “target individuals,” Keeton said in a video acquired by KQED. “This language threatens the safety of the museum and its staff,” she said.
Brandon, after seeing the video of the staff meeting, described Keeton’s statement as a bad-faith misreading of her comments that continues a legacy of casting black people as threatening figures. “I was struck by the choice not to use my name. I mean, Nan has met my mom,” she said. “It’s more of …
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