Gary Garrels, a senior curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was forced to resign after museum rank-and-file staff demanded his termination for saying at a recent staff meeting, "we will definitely still continue to collect white male artists."
In a petition, museum staff demanded his "non-negotiable" removal.
The petitioners only cited Garrels' comments at the staff meeting and his belief that "reverse racism" exists, an idea the petition characterizes as "vitriolic."
In fact, Garrels said he did not say it was important to collect art from white male artists, but that it would amount to "reverse discrimination" of art from such artists were intentionally excluded from the museum's gallery.
He added, "I do not believe I have ever said that it is important to collect the art of white men.