Just when you think the totalitarian anti-Confederacy hysteria can't get any more absurd...
The latest target of the self-righteous social justice mob is a horse named Traveler that serves as the mascot for the University of Southern California Trojans. The Los Angeles Times reports that the horse, or at least a succession of white horses named Traveler (the current one is Traveler IX) has been associated with USC for decades, but now a USC campus group has linked the horse to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, whose favorite steed was named Traveller.
Saphia Jackson, co-director of the USC Black Student Assembly declared in a recent rally that “white supremacy hits close to home” and referenced the name of the Trojans horse.
"The Black Student Assembly did not respond to requests for comment," reports the Times, "but questions about the name’s provenance have increased on social media in the midst of the national discussion on race."
In response, the widow of the man who owned the first USC Traveler told the Times reporter, “The problem is this: maybe three weeks ago it was fine. So now the flavor of the day is . . . we all have to be in hysteria. . . . It’s more of a political issue. The horse isn’t political and neither am I.”
She noted that Lee’s horse's name was spelled with an extra “l” and her late husband's Traveler had already been named when he purchased the original horse in 1958.
USC’s website notes that “USC’s mascot horse is a symbol of ancient Troy. Its rider, with costume and sword, is a symbol of a Trojan warrior. The name Traveler, spelled with one ‘l,’ is a common name among horses. . . . USC’s Traveler is and has always been a proud symbol of Troy. There is no truth to any other claims or rumors about its name.”
But the LA Times, seeing white supremacists under every bed, did a little digging and found that "the name isn’t that common."
In any case, USC has trademarked the name and is unlikely to change it. "But unease lingers in some quarters over Traveler’s name and what it might represent today," intoned the Times.
Just a heads-up to anyone out there whose first name is Robert or whose last name is Lee: it's only a matter of time before the social justice mob comes for you too.