The USC School of Cinematic Arts will remove a John Wayne exhibit, according to a Friday announcement.
“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 anti-racist cultural values and experiences,” said Evan Hughes, USC’s assistant dean of diversity and inclusion
“Therefore, it has been decided that the Wayne exhibit will be removed.”
Hughes said materials in the exhibit will be moved into the Cinema School Library.
“Placing them within the proper archival and research context will allow scholarship to continue on the role that John Wayne’s films played in the history of cinema,” Hughes said.
USC decided it December not to remove the exhibit but to expand it and tell a more complete story of cinema and the American West.
Wayne’s controversial 1971 Playboy interview sparked the original protests over the exhibit: “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility,” Wayne said. “I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”