The prestigious University of Wisconsin, in the famously left-wing city of Madison, is moving forward with a plan to remove a large rock on its campus over claims of racism.
The 70 ton boulder, officially known as “Chamberlin Rock,” will be removed from Observatory Hill on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus.
The rock is named after a past University president.
The reason for the removal? The rock was referred to as a “n***erhead” – one single time, in a newspaper in 1925.
The expression from the 1920s used to refer to large, black rocks.
“This is a huge accomplishment for us,” said Black Student Union President Nalah McWhorter, whose organization had been calling for the removal of the rock over the summer.
“We won’t have that constant reminder, that symbol that we don’t belong here.”
“We took a stance, and a bold stance to stand up to our university and demand things that have been demanded for so long but have historically fallen on deaf ears,” McWhorter told the Washington Free Beacon. “When looking at context and what this university was like in 1925, it is very clear that it was a very racist campus.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has a “long history of affilation with Hamas and Hezbollah,” praised the removal of the rock, but asked why confederate statues are not being taken down as well.
“Every remnant of our nation’s unfortunate history of anti-Black racism and white supremacy should be removed and replaced with symbols that honor inclusion and respect for diversity,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
According to Madison.com, it will cost anywhere from $30,000 to $75,000 to move the offensive boulder.
However, the decision was much derided online.
Dr. Colin Winston, a senior analyst at AIPAC, sarcastically praised the University of Wisconsin students for focusing “on the key issues facing higher education.”
“I was clearly in the thrall of unconscious racism,” Winson added, having never heard of the rock despite attending the university and living in Madison for 20 years. “How can I ever repent?”
Writing in Spectator USA, the anonymous contributor Cockburn decried the “student activists [who] have spent their whole lives in training to be wound-collecting victims.”
“To learn what is reasonable and what is ridiculous would require adults teaching them to distinguish the two. Instead, they are busy expounding on how brave and moral the students are. Who can blame them? The alternative is being publicly shamed, losing a job, or perhaps being turned into a jack-in-the-box,” he concluded.
To reiterate, there is only one reference of Chamberlin Rock ever being referred to by the racist term, which was 95 years ago in a 1925 article from the Wisconsin State Journal.
According to the Journal itself, there are no other instances of the racist name being used for this rock.
The next target of student activists is a statue of Abraham Lincoln on campus, because of his “genocide of Native Americans and his close proximity to Ho-Chunk effigy mounds,” according to McWhorter, but there are no plans to do so at this time.
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