A Patronizing Argument Against Cultural Repatriation

Title: A Patronizing Argument Against Cultural Repatriation
Author: Laura Mallonnee
Media Outlet: Hyperallergic
Publish Date: April 20, 2015

That museums have saved cultural artifacts is no reason for them to retain ownership of those objects obtained through questionable means from countries now more than capable of housing them — especially at a time in history when the malicious legacies of colonialism have become painfully obvious. As Amindeddoleh said, “A museum is not entitled to possess another people’s cultural heritage simply because a representative of their nation had the means to plunder objects during a vulnerable time.”