They got John Wayne.
Citing a push to promote “anti-racist cultural values,” Evan Hughes, the assistant dean of diversity and inclusion, announced the change in a letter to the school’s community.
“Conversations about systemic racism in our cultural institutions along with the recent global, civil uprising by the Black Lives Matter Movement require that we consider the role our school can play as a change maker in promoting antiracist cultural values and experiences,” Hughes said in the statement. “Therefore, it has been decided that the Wayne Exhibit will be removed.”
In December, the school said it would not remove the exhibit and instead create a space exploring the American West, according the Daily Trojan. A few months before, students protested the Wayne exhibit, stating that by keeping it, the school was “endorsing white supremacy.” Wayne attended USC in the late 1920s, where he played football.
Yeah, well – December of 2019 might as well be a million years ago.
We’re in a whole new world now.
The protests were prompted after comments Wayne made in the Playboy interview resurfaced. The popular actor made bigoted statements against Black people, Native Americans and the LGBTQ community.
“I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility,” he said in the interview. “I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
He later said that although he didn’t condone slavery, “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves.”
He also felt no remorse about the subjugation of Native Americans.
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them,” he said. “There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
Yeah, how dare he not feel guilty about things that happened before he was born.
It’s preposterous evil, to not feel guilty about things your ancestors did.
Why do you think African-Americans wake up every morning and weep for two hours about the victims of cannibalism?
Because they’re good people, who rightly feel guilt about the things their ancestors did.
But seriously though, watch John Wayne movies. It will make you a better person.
Start with Rio Bravo, then The Alamo, then True Grit, then The Searchers.
You will not ever regret taking this advice.