The Red Scare was a period of anti-communist activism in the United States of America during the late 1950's. One activity common during this period was rallies warning and protesting about communist threats to capitalism in the US.
In 1957, Charles Stanforth blamed the Red Scare hysteria for the reason why the Board of Regents of Marshall College had to dismiss Indiana Jones, after the FBI marked him as a person of interest and searched his office and files.
One anti-Communist rally occurred on the campus of Marshall College, with students and other protesters carrying signs against Communism and the Soviet Union. It was disrupted when two cars containing Soviet spies chasing a motorcycle carrying Indiana Jones and Mutt Williams drove through the crowds of protesters. As the activists dodged the cars, one banner, proclaiming "Better Dead Than Red", fell across the windshield of one of the cars, causing it to crash into a statue honoring Marcus Brody.