Robin DiAngelo Explains Likening Renaissance Pieces To ‘White Supremacy’

Author Robin DiAngelo recently explained her use of classic Renaissance art pieces to resemble “White supremacy and patriarchy.”

During an appearance on the “Not Your Ordinary Parts” podcast, DiAngelo exposed her ideological mission, which has nothing to do with tackling racism worldwide, but rather destroying Western civilization, according to the Federalist.

DiAngelo condemned Michaelangelo’s classic Renaissance piece called the “Creation of Adam,” located in the Sistine Chapel. The painting depicts the early chapters of the book of Genesis, showing the image of God extending his hand to the first human being ever created, Adam.

Michaelangelo’s student and biographer, Giorgio Vasari, described Adam as “a figure whose beauty, pose and contours are of such a quality that he seems newly created by his Supreme and First Creator rather by the brush and design of a mere mortal.”

Art historian Ross King explained in his 2003 book, “Michaelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling,” that Michaelangelo’s depiction of God was unconventional for the period.

“The Lord God in full length, complete with bare toes and kneecaps, was a rare and unaccustomed sight,” King said.

Despite such praise for Michaelangelo’s work, DiAngelo denounced the painting, likening its message to “White supremacy.”

“When I’m doing a presentation, I use a lot of images; you may be surprised that the single image I use to capture the concept of White supremacy is Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel,” DiAngelo began.

“God creating man, you know, where God is in a cloud and there are all these angels and he’s reaching out and he’s touching, I don’t know who that is, David or something [sic], and God is White and David’s White and the angels are White like that is the perfect convergence of White supremacy, patriarchy, right?” she added.

DiAngelo noted that she was raised Catholic and saw many images throughout her childhood of God depicted as a White individual.

“I always belong racially to what is seen, what is depicted as the human ideal,” she said.

The Federalist pointed out that like many Renaissance artists, Michaelangelo’s artistic perception was limited to his depictions of human beings that he saw every day.

DiAngelo has a website where she explains her approach to tackling racism. On it, she states, “Racism is the foundation of Western society; we are socialized into a racial hierarchy.”