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Suddenly, as the Left has become “woke,” the John Wayne exhibit is now deemed racially insensitive and the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts announced its decision to officially remove the exhibit, according to Fox News.
It seems the mere sight of the exhibit could trigger civil unrest and violence.
Students even claimed the school would be “endorsing white supremacy” if they kept the exhibit, according to the LA Times.
In explaining the university’s decision to remove the exhibit, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Evan Hughes points to “system racism in our cultural institutions” and the “civil uprising of the Black Lives Matter Movement.”
The “Diversity and Inclusion” dean supports the exclusion of the exhibit. Hughes said, “I am writing to update you on plans for the Wayne exhibit, located in the main building of the School of Cinematic Arts Complex.”
He continued: “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.”
“Therefore, it has been decided that the Wayne Exhibit will be removed,” the statement begins,” he concluded.
Hughes fails to explain expound upon Wayne’s alleged racism or address the response from Wayne’s son, who has defended his father’s legacy.
John Wayne’s son previously spoke up about California Democrat’s push to change the name of the John Wayne Airport, according to Fox News.
In a statement to Fox News, Ethan Wayne said: “Let me make one thing clear — John Wayne was not a racist. I know that term is casually tossed around these days, but I take it very seriously. I also understand how we got to this point.”
“There is no question that the words spoken by John Wayne in an interview 50 years ago have caused pain and anger,” Ethan continued, referencing the late actor’s 1971 interview with Playboy. “They pained him as well, as he realized his true feelings were wrongly conveyed.”
In the interview at the time, Wayne is quoted saying, “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
“Those who knew him, knew he judged everyone as an individual and believed everyone deserved an equal opportunity,” Ethan added. “He called out bigotry when he saw it. He hired and worked with people of all races, creeds, and sexual orientations. John Wayne stood for the very best for all of us — a society that doesn’t discriminate against anyone seeking the American dream.”
“The current focus on social justice is absolutely valid and necessary. But attempts by some to use it for political advantage distract from real opportunities for reform,” he said.
At USC, Hughes said the school is “grateful” to students who expressed their thoughts on the topic.
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Students protested the Wayne exhibit in the fall of last year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Wayne attended USC in the 1920s and was a member of the football team.
The decision comes a little over two weeks after California Democrats in Orange County called for the renaming of the John Wayne Airport. The resolution, which was passed, asks the county’s board of supervisors to restore the name to Orange County Airport.
Demands for Wayne’s name and likeness to be removed from various places across the country cite the late actor’s 1971 interview with Playboy in which he was quoted saying he believes in white supremacy.
Ethan went on to say his deceased father “believed that responsible people should gain power without the use of violence.”