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Resisting Extremism in Art and Civic Life

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As a curator at an internationally renowned art and history museum, I was censored, canceled, and persecuted for my race, gender, conservative beliefs, and for standing up against radical leftist extremism. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has found merit and filed my complaint. Now I need a lawyer.

Radical leftism has completely triumphed in the contemporary art and museum worlds. These fields are really just extensions of academia, where freedom of speech and thought, and conservative voices and values, are virtually nonexistent. I am asking for help in fighting back on one modest front against this rising tyranny, and outrage against reason, beauty, and liberty.

From 2013-2019, I was a curator at the city-government-run Albuquerque Museum, the largest museum in New Mexico. I helped plan, design, and execute dozens of exhibitions, often represented the museum in the media, and I worked on numbers of books. I was told multiple times that I would not be promoted due to my being a white, straight male. I was also informed I would be fired if it were learned I voted for Republican candidates. I was harassed and faced hostility for resisting the museum and city promoting radical leftist, racist, anti-American, and immoral programming (including drag queen story hours at local libraries, anti-police BLM activities, entire exhibits devoted to open borders, anti-capitalism conferences, etc.) I was ordered to censor my personal social media for criticizing communism. And even after I left the employ of the museum, I was subsequently retaliated against for stating publicly that these issues concerned me, without even providing names or details. This last incident finally prompted me to take legal action.

All of this directly contributed to the end of my marriage, the loss of my home, my community, and untold professional opportunities. It has been an unmitigated disaster, personally and professionally. I have been left without contacts and references, and frankly see few places in the arts where it isn’t just as bad or worse. I filed a complaint with the EEOC, which represents the first hurdle cleared in any discrimination lawsuit. They have recognized the validity of my complaint and the wheels are now turning. The next step will likely be mediation, possibly followed by a court case. My suit is against the socialist-run City of Albuquerque. They will have powerful legal representation. I need to secure the same. The lawyers I have spoken to willing to take on my case all demand retainers and fees. I am seeking a minimum reasonable amount to at least get my case underway. Your support will not only help me, but assist in this larger war against the radical leftist indoctrination, racism, sexism, and bias that are epidemic and totally ubiquitous today in the contemporary art, museum, academic, and civic contexts.

(the header image for my campaign is a detail from the over of my recent book, Dreams Unreal: The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster, released in January by UNM Press.)


Barb Lundgren

2020-09-02 15:58:09

Ask for more help when you need it. This is an important lawsuit.

Shelli Pitman Phelps

2020-09-02 16:10:26

Good Luck!

D. Yensan

2020-09-02 16:34:09

The truth shall set us all free.

Lisa

2020-09-02 19:52:33

Hoping you can take this as far as it needs to go

Chuck Guptill

2020-09-02 20:48:41

Good Luck!

Dawn

2020-09-03 01:16:35

Blessings Titus! I admire your courage!

Kim D.

2020-09-03 03:03:18

Good Luck to you Titus!

Diana

2020-09-03 03:31:34

Thank you for taking a stand Titus!

AF

2020-09-03 04:13:21

go get them titus!

Tara H.

2020-09-03 05:47:49

Happy to help out!!

Teyra

2020-09-03 14:23:42

Praying you get the justice you deserve, God bless you!!

Kelly Valdes

2020-09-03 14:35:43

Keep on Keeping on and God Bless America!

Vanda

2020-09-03 16:26:31

If I wasn’t paying for a wedding in college right now I’d give you more!

jonathan

2020-09-03 18:40:17

Fight the good fight! #walkaway

Lisa C

2020-09-04 18:33:29

Be the change you want to see in the world. Best of luck!!

Yvonne

2020-09-04 19:07:47

Thanks for doing the work in this community to raise awareness and expose the dark and very ugly lies. The great awakening is upon us!

Rosaleen Tallon

2020-09-05 02:23:06

Keep up the fight! Well done!

Liz

2020-09-05 12:58:58

Keep fighting the good fight!

Stacie

2020-09-05 16:10:50

This is an important lawsuit. Thank you for standing up to this tyrrany.

Don

2020-09-07 02:40:08

Fight the good fight Titus!

Victoria

2020-09-17 03:03:13

This is important. Give as much as you can.

John Lloyd Jones

2020-09-17 06:14:52

I'm a lazy artist, so I didn't have as much to lose as Titus, but I too lost a great number of personal friendships and associations in the Art field after I became more up front about my views. So I understand the importance of standing up to the bullies. Wishing you good luck in your efforts.

Daryl Hunter

2020-09-17 10:38:50

Teach the bastards a lesson, wish I could give more but it has been a bad year. A lot of great art is not seen only because of the person's views who hold the brush. The idea that you will comply "or else" reeks of fascism to me. Good luck.

Julie G

2020-09-19 02:02:26

Fight the good fight. You are a man of principle and I'm rooting for you!

Valerie Sutter

2020-09-20 18:08:51

Go get em!

Stephen Bulle

2020-09-20 20:13:41

Wish I could do more, but I live solely on Social Security. Pulling for you though! Give 'em hell!

Yoly Perez

2020-09-20 20:25:30

Keep up the good fight !

Linda Boggier

2020-09-20 20:46:05

Time to take the gloves off. & call out this fascist power grab. We are a constitutional republic not a mob democracy.

Chelsea Walker

2020-09-20 20:57:26

Fight the good fight!

Christy Wilson

2020-09-21 07:31:41

Marxism and good art cannot co-exit. Fight, Titus, FIGHT!

Aline Brandau

2020-09-21 15:21:52

Keep fighting

Jeffery Mathison

2020-09-21 16:06:34

Good luck, we need you to win to make an example to the other discriminatory leftist cities!

Randy McEachern

2020-09-21 17:28:18

Kick butt Titus. I love what you're doing and I wish I could do more to help you.

Grady Bird

2020-09-22 08:50:36

Best wishes, Titus!

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Grady Bird

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Best wishes, Titus!

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Randy McEachern

6 days ago

Kick butt Titus. I love what you're doing and I wish I could do more to help you.

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Jeffery Mathison

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Good luck, we need you to win to make an example to the other discriminatory leftist cities!

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Aline Brandau

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Keep fighting

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Christy Wilson

7 days ago

Marxism and good art cannot co-exit. Fight, Titus, FIGHT!

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Chelsea Walker

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Fight the good fight!

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Linda Boggier

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Time to take the gloves off. & call out this fascist power grab. We are a constitutional republic not a mob democracy.

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Yoly Perez

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Keep up the good fight !
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