Is the Museum of Tolerance Itself Tolerant?

1038 WordsSep 24, 20065 Pages
The short answer to the above-entitled question is no, the Museum of Tolerance is not tolerant. The long answer, since everything has both long and short answers these days, is the Museum tries to be as tolerant as it can, but as my guide commented "humanity is simply incapable of not being prejudiced." Instead of spending the following pages explaining why this exhibit is less tolerant then that exhibit, I would like to break this paper up into two parts: the first a discussion on the tolerance of the museum's Tolerancenter and the second on the tolerance of the Holocaust Exhibit. To begin, I would like to say that I have been to the MOT on several occasions and it really has not changed much since my last visit; however unlike all of…show more content…
Once again, I found the museum to be trying to shock me while simultaneously awe me, in order to make it clear to me that intolerance exists in the world and in myself as well. It occurred to me that one possible reason this seems so ineffective to me is that I am lucky enough to be well-educated on the ways of the world and the horrors of humanity. For me, I do not need to see the bullet-ridden corpses of women lying dead in pools of their own blood on the streets of Kosovo to know that their death was the result of one people hating another people; I already knew this and understand it. But many people may not, and so the museum is essentially forced to cater to those who do not know, and disregard those who do. Moving into the Holocaust Exhibit, this is where the museum, in my opinion, is allowed to be less tolerant in its presentation of the atrocity and the intolerance that spurned it. The reason is because all of my life "the Holocaust" has been used to refer to the persecution of the 6 million Jews who died during it. The museum attempts on a few occasions to remind us that roughly 15 million people in all died during the Holocaust, however because Hitler's regime consistently spoke about the elimination of the Jewish problem more so then the elimination of the gay problem or gypsy problem or handicapped problem, the MOT should be allowed to display a biased
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