MADISON, WI – The University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus has taken issue with a giant rock.
They say the rock is racist.
They attest the rock is racist because, in a newspaper article published 95 years ago in 1925, the rock was associated with a racial slur.
The LINK Madison group has demanded the removal of Chamberlin Rock from the campus.
A representative for LINK. Madison is now presenting a list of demands. They include removing the Lincoln statue on Bascom Hill and removing Chamberlin Rock. She also says starting the semester in-person is putting the entire Madison community in danger. @WKOW pic.twitter.com/0OnEbwJncc
— Caroline Dade (@CarolineDade) August 29, 2020
The LINK Madison group avows to “collaborate with others on the ground organizations and disrupt everyday white supremacy.”
LINK has demanded that the Madison Police Department fire officer Matt Kenny and calls for defunding the Madison Police Department and the University of Wisconsin Police Department. Matt Kenny is the officer who in 2015 shot Tony Robinson, a black 19-year-old who was “acting out of character after ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms.”
Robinson physically attacked Officer Kenny.
It appears the university has agreed, and they will remove the rock from the Madison campus and dispose of it.
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
“UW-Madison is moving forward on a plan to remove a boulder from Observatory Hill after calls from students of color who see the rock as a painful reminder of the history of racism on campus.
“The 70-ton boulder is officially known as Chamberlin Rock in honor of Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president.
“The rock was referred to at least once after it was dug out of the hill as a “n***erhead,” a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock.
“The Wisconsin Black Student Union called for the rock’s removal over the summer. President Nalah McWhorter said the rock is a symbol of the daily injustices that students of color face on a predominantly white campus.
“McWhorter also faulted the Wisconsin State Journal for printing the vulgarity in a 1925 news article.”
The rock is named for Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, a noted geologist and former university president, but because someone referred to the rock by a bad name, it must be removed.
If the rock were actually named “N***erhead,” and there was a plaque commemorating that designation, there would be no controversy with its removal in 2020 or for several years prior. However, that is not the case.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the reference in 1925 was the only known published example of that name being used.
Perhaps the sensitivity of racial issues has been magnified by Wisconsin’s designation as the third-worst state for racial disparities, according to a report published by The Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
The original report was published in 2013 but has been updated several times since then.
Laura Dresser, the associate director of The Center on Wisconsin Strategy who helped author the updated report, said the new data paints a “grim picture” of progress in Wisconsin:
“Wisconsin regularly ranks among the worst in the nation on all kinds of indicators.”
These indicators include disparities in unemployment, income, and education; but the report also takes disproportionately high rates of incarceration among the black community into account.
@BeckyBlank Seems to me like a much more prudent thing to do, not to mention the cost savings, is to rededicate Chamberlin Rock with a new name selected by students of color. As horrible as it was, the slur stopped being used 70 years ago. Have some common sense.
— Richard Philipp (@BadgerPhilly) November 18, 2020
“We’ve updated the data, and that picture is pretty consistent. It’s pretty bad news across the board in terms of the distance between the black and white population.”
The largest disparity between black and white communities appears to exist in unemployment numbers.
According to the latest data released by The Center on Wisconsin Strategy, white workers made up slightly less than four percent of the state’s unemployed population. In contrast, almost twelve percent of black workers in Wisconsin were unemployed. These statistics do not address unemployment gains or losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When you hear talk of how low unemployment rates are, and they are generally around four percent or just below. That’s true of the overall population, but the black unemployment rate is nearly three times higher.”
Referencing household income, the report explains that the median household in Wisconsin is $55,000 per year. When comparing white households to black households, however, the white households are generally above that average. Black households average only $29,000 a year, roughly half of the white household average.
For now, Chamberlin Rock is set to be removed because of an article written 95 years ago, and not printed anywhere on the plaque or elsewhere in the school.
Removed because they have labeled a rock…as racist.
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University workshop declares that the terms “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” are racist
October 27, 2020
DEKALB, IL – Catch-22: (noun) A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.
Northern Illinois University (NIL) students are being led into a Catch 22 that makes no sense, except to race theory speculators and inclusion and diversity professors. Unless students profess that only Black Lives Matter, they simply cannot function on campus, since anything else is overtly racist.
In recent diversity training, the university’s Conversations on Diversity and Equity (CODE) workshop, facilitators produced a scenario and curriculum where to say “All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter” is racist against black people.
An anonymous person who had attended these classes told of a slide in the program that equated “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” as “anti-blackness.”
The anonymous person released a statement regarding this training:
“This is the real plague on the minds of those who will one day be released into our society with the future of the country in their hands.”
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) October 27, 2020
In an eloquent, yet ineffective response to inquiries concerning this diversity program, the university issued a response:
“After the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, our nation and campus experienced a wake-up call that makes it clear that change is required.
Our CODE workshops provide opportunities to have these discussions to learn about the realities of racism and to foster a more welcoming university experience for all.
One important aspect CODE training covers is how the phrase ‘Black lives matter’ can instantly trigger a counter response of ‘all lives matter’ or ‘blue lives matter.’
In preparing people to address this reply, we’re not diminishing our respect or how we embrace any others in our larger community, including the police. What we are saying is that no one is born “blue.”
Being a police officer is a noble calling that requires tremendous personal sacrifice, all for the good of protecting others; but the uniform can come off. People are born Black, and because of that one fact, their everyday lives are impacted to the point that they are being killed for simply living their lives.
Advocating for Black people by saying ‘Black lives matter’ so they are able to live their lives without being minimized, marginalized, harassed or killed is not anti-police — it’s pro human.
We’re not talking about an organization or another racial group nor are we making a political statement. We’re simply saying we see and hear the pain Black people are experiencing, and we want to acknowledge it and to help end racism.”
This perfectly mimics one of the oldest liberal strategies for debate or argument – you drop a statement that is at least partially inclusive, and then if you don’t get immediate one-hundred-percent agreement, you quickly move to disqualify your opponent’s credibility.
Just like with the raging debate over a woman’s right to choose – you may be asked if you support that position, but if you hesitate for a second and try to qualify your answer because you disagree with abortion, since you hesitated or didn’t fully agree, you must be against women’s rights – all of them – and likely hate women in general.
It’s a ridiculous and childish concept, but in our world of instant gratification, twenty-four-hour news, and an almost complete lack of emotional maturity, it works. And it works well.
People who think in terms of logic and reason, and those who dismiss the idea that we are born with racist thoughts and tendencies, or by being white, or being a police officer, we are automatically racist against black people, have to be upset by this.
This has to stop. Leaders have to stand up against the false anti-cop narratives that lead directly to this violence.
While politicians continue to knowingly promote these falsehoods, our police officers will continue to be targeted and communities will continue to suffer. https://t.co/ij1vVfuTv0
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) October 27, 2020
One can surely imagine the “banging your head against the wall” type of reaction from those worldly enough to know that black people are included in “All Lives Matter” and thousands upon thousands of police officers at the city, country, state, and federal levels are black.
Perhaps it is programs like CODE at Northern Illinois University that President Trump had in mind when he suspended near-identical diversity training happening in government offices.
On September 8th, President Trump announced he would put an end to “divisive” and “anti-American” propaganda being served up to government employees through diversity and inclusion programs.
Most of the training centered around “whiteness” and “white privilege awareness” subjects that concentrated almost exclusively on white employees and contractors.
“For example, according to press reports, employees across the executive branch have been required to attend trainings where they are told that ‘virtually all White people contribute to racism’ or where they are required to say that they ‘benefit from racism.’
According to press reports, in some cases these training have further claimed that there is racism embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity or the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job.”
US State Department Halts All Diversity Training After Trump’s Exec Order https://t.co/ye11xeHGrq
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 27, 2020
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