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A protest against the Sacklers, the family behind OxyContin, at the Guggenheim Museum in February.

The Whitney, M.I.T., the Museum of Natural History, Sloan Kettering, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Shed at Hudson Yards—these are just a few of the places under fire for their financial ties to individuals now deemed problematic.

Yet, having spent the better part of two decades managing a series of public-spirited institutions—including the 92nd Street Y, the International Rescue Committee, the Robin Hood Foundation, and Lincoln Center—I can’t help but feel that many of these protests are misdirected.

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