British Museum is forced to apologise for 'racist' and 'imperialist' claim that using Asian names on labels is 'confusing'

Mail Online | 9/13/2017 | Emily Kent Smith for the Daily Mail
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The British Museum has been forced to apologise after being branded 'racist' and 'imperialist' because a curator said the use of Asian names on exhibition labels could be confusing.

During a live question and answer session on Twitter, Jane Portal, keeper of the Asian department at the museum, said: 'Curators write the labels based on their specialist knowledge and they are edited by our Interpretation department.

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'We aim to be understandable by 16-year-olds. Sometimes Asian names can be confusing, so we have to be careful about using too many.'

Tonight, former equality tsar Trevor Phillips branded those behind the political correctness row 'silly and narcissistic' and accused them of time wasting.

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Mr Philips, formerly head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: 'My point here applies to the British Museum as well.

'I genuinely cannot understand why they would feel the need to apologise to people who really, if they actually wanted to tackle racism, I could come up with 100 better targets than this in an hour.

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'Anybody who wants to get themselves into a state about this cannot for one second be taken seriously as an anti–racist campaigner. They are just behaving like silly, narcissistic, teenagers.'

Dr Tony Sewell, an education campaigner said the windfall of criticism directed at the London-based museum was an overreaction, adding: 'If you're protesting on a political row… this is a bit dodgy'.

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Dr Sewell, a leading black academic, said: 'To be honest there are a lot worse things going on in the world, than to make that an issue to tear the museum down, for people to get offended about.'

He added: 'Rather than protest on dodgy political grounds, make a protest which has a specific education reasonable grounds and then the museum can take that to heart but those protests weren't about that- they were about being...
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