At a small college in Washington state, the very sight of photographs of Donald Trump was enough for snowflake leftists to claim the pictures were “racist” as well as vandalizing them.
The angst for leftists at Evergreen State College in Olympia started after adjunct faculty member Steve Davis, the college’s Coordinator of Photography, exhibited photographs from Mark Peterson, who covered the 2016 presidential campaign. Davis told radio host Jason Rantz of KIRO, “His work is brash, funny, and presented our presidential election process as nothing short of a circus. I invited Mark to show last spring, as I thought it was the perfect exhibition to coincide with last year’s election.”
Davis added that he “believed it gave a different perspective, from a front row seat, of how candidates, mass crowds, and the mass media intertwined to create what seemed to me to be a rather horrid spectacle.”
Davis’ naivete about leftists came to a crashing halt; he continued, “The work was generally accepted and appreciated, until November 9. From that day forward, it was vandalized and criticized as being racist—and I’m not sure why except that a lot of things on campus have recently been branded as racist!”
Emails from the faculty list-serve illuminate the snowflakes’ horror: Dorothea Collins, a Grants and Contracts Specialist who self-identifies as an artist, emailed, “…I cringe at this choice and am overcome with an immense feeling of nausea every time I look at this display because many of our lives are soaked already more than enough with these type of images and the associated rhetoric, bigotry, misogyny, hate and racism.”
Amir Hassan, an Academic Specialist, echoed, “…in spite of the fact that it is meant to be critical, it was a poor decision to provide space for images of his likeness – I have no doubt they have been triggering for many students.” He told Davis to “more fully check your own privilege.”
Davis concluded, “There’s a big chill over Evergreen these days. Some, filled with a high degree of moral indignation are very vocal and accusatory. […] I believe that some faculty and staff were misguiding their own anger and fear of the Trump era, and targeting the wrong things. Shooting the messenger (Peterson and me, as curator) seemed better than doing nothing, I guess.”
Evergreen State College spokesperson Todd Sprague told Rantz, “The college doesn’t condone theft or vandalism, but to my knowledge, no additional leads emerged.” He stated that he discovered two images were removed from the exhibit by someone anonymously and left outdoors in the rain.