…In addition, UW-Stout’s Diversity Leadership Team complained about the murals to Meyer, arguing their presence helped to perpetuate racial stereotypes.
The diversity team’s arguments carried the day, and Meyer released a statement saying they were being taken down. Because of the risk the paintings could have a “harmful effect” on viewers, Meyer said they were only suitable for a “controlled gallery space” that could provide appropriate “context” for the viewer. But UW-Stout contains no such controlled galleries, so instead the paintings are being placed outside the public eye. One will go into a dean’s conference room, while another will be placed in Harvey Hall’s library.
The murals are so dangerous that the general public cannot be allowed to see them, otherwise they will turn them into drooling fire breathing bigots who will instantly and insatiably feel the urge to run Indians off their reservations. But then they’re going to put one of them in a dean’s conference room. Aren’t they concerned that the one there will turn the dean into drooling fire breathing bigot who will instantly and insatiably feel the urge to run Indians off their reservations?
It was similar to Disney’s official policy on Song of the South until recently: They presumed that they couldn’t let us see it because we’re such schmucks that we couldn’t watch it without going to run right out and reinstitute slavery, therefore, only enlightened film students were allowed to watch it, even though they didn’t run out and try to reinstitute slavery after having done so.