Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah voted down legislation to establish a Smithsonian museum for American Latinos and another for women’s history. The Smithsonian does have museums dedicated to African Americans and Native Americans, but Senator Lee appears to think that’s plenty.
“I understand what my colleagues are trying to do and why. I respect what they’re trying to do. I even share their interests in ensuring that these stories are told. But the last thing we need is to further divide an already divided nation with an array of segregated, separate-but-equal museums for hyphenated identity groups,” Lee said.
This legislation had passed the House of Representatives in July and was expected to pass the Senate too, but for this one (white) guy.