Schools these days are groovin’ to the tune of racism eradication. And in Wisconsin, one college is ready to rock.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a large boulder sits.
It appears that was all well and good, until a recent discovery was made.
Now the rock represents the “R” word.
And it’s a heavy controversy: The aggregate of minerals or mineraloid matter weighs 70 tons.
But it’s gotta go.
And why? As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, students found out a newspaper in 1925 called the boulder an obnoxious name.
It was awful indeed.
The paper — 95 years ago — described the solid mass as a “n—–head.”
Purportedly, that was a common designation at the time for any large, dark-colored rock.
The Beacon explains, “The university confirmed that the clipping was the only known instance of the term being used on campus.”
This is not a joke, it's a real story. PC police are now so out of control, they've declared a rock 'racist' and it's being removed from a university campus: https://t.co/senJ3x4eeM
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) November 21, 2020
On November 19th, the college’s Campus Planning Committee unanimously voted to remove Chamberlin Rock — named after former school president Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin.
Thomas was a leading geologist in his day. He was born in 1843.
It’s an unusual lesson to learn: If you have a monument named for you; and if three years before you die, someone calls it something terrible; then 177 years after your birth, it could be decried as a symbol of sin.
On the upside, you probably won’t mind — you’ll be dead.
Whether Thomas likes it or not, Chancellor Rebecca Blank will be reviewing the committee’s recommendation — and she’s already expressed support.
Nalah McWhorter — president of the Black Student Union, which kickstarted the toss-the-rock campaign — is surely psyched.
She lamented the days of old:
“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. When looking at context and what this university was like in 1925, it is very clear that it was a very racist campus.”
It’s easy to believe 1925 wasn’t a fantastic year to be black in America. Will rolling that stone away free 2020 students from the prejudice of the past?
Either way, it’s gonna cost a pretty penny — the school estimates between 30,000 and 75,000 bucks.
Per the Beacon, they’re eyeing options:
The university is considering removing it in one of three ways: relocating the rock off campus, burying it at the site of its original location, or breaking it up and disposing of it.
But don’t assume it’s going far:
Geochronology professor Brad Singer is lobbying to relocate the rock nearby so professors can continue using it for instruction.
With the rock removed, it’s a real load off.
But not enough — the Black Student Union’s also trying to 86 a statue of Abraham Lincoln.
Per Nalah, it’s his “genocide of Native Americans and his close proximity to Ho-Chunk effigy mounds.”
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation tied offerings to the fence at Fire Point along the Mississippi River as part of a ceremony to honor the solstice at Effigy National Monument near Marquette, IA. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth pic.twitter.com/2l05n8PM7v
— Hawkeye Comm College Library (@HawkeyeLibrary) November 19, 2020
These days, Fixing is a full-time job.
For those beating the boulders, rock on.
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