The University of Wisconsin-Madison is falling under scrutiny for its part in bringing back segregation and racism that the previous generation of people fought so hard to eradicate from America. Joe Biden is mainly at fault for the return of such hurtful and hateful actions. He has fostered a spirit of division and hatred in America not seen since the days of slavery. And he has no intention of stopping.
The University is hosting a “Welcome BBQ” for people of color. This is the same school that had the long-enjoyed boulder removed because a few liberals saw it as a racist icon. Any person that identifies as white will not be allowed to attend the event. It is strictly for people of color. But the last time anyone checked, white is a color.
The school has stepped away from promoting fair treatment of all students and has instead embraced shunning most of the students in attendance at the school. The flyers being passed around send a clear message that anyone can attend, but people of color are preferred. The flyer read, “All are welcome, intended for self-identifying people of color.”
Ironically the “Center for Cultural Enrichment” is the host of the event. Instead of enriching the culture and getting all people to come together, they push a large segment of students into the trash. Their message is all white people are not welcome, so they need to stay away.
The center’s primary mission is a place that seeks to bring people together by “embracing all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender expressions, religions, classes, abilities, or any other aspects of identity we hold.” But all those white people need to stay away.
The event leaders are also trying to refrain from calling attention to their exclusion of white people by not listing the event on the school calendar or student housing announcement boards. Their blatant attack on white people is ethically immoral.
The event leaders get support from school officials such as Meredith McGlone that states, “it is standard practice for Housing to use signs rather than online listings. Regarding event promotion … it is standard practice for Housing to use signs rather than online listings to promote events organized within the hall intended primarily for hall residents. The Latinx Student Welcome is not organized by Housing and is targeted to a broader audience, which is why it’s promoted online.”
McGlone eloquently defends the event, but the truth is that they did not want to call attention to the fact that they are promoting segregation. If the center wanted to include every person of color, they would have announced the event every way they could. Their target was darker-skinned people.
The school removed its boulder because a few ignorant people posted racial comments on the rock. All they had to do was monitor and paint over the comments. But they listened to activists that could not bear to see the slogans painted on the rock. So they took to the extreme and demanded that it be removed.
One report noted that “In October 1925, the University had the boulder excavated and placed prominently atop the hill to honor Chamberlin, who would die in Chicago three years later. The rock was a rare specimen believed to be more than 2 billion years old, and before it was installed on Observatory Hill, only about a foot and a half was visible above ground, according to the article. It was believed to have been carried by glaciers from Canada to Wisconsin.”
The problem was a few kids paint racial words around its installation, and that was enough for kids 80 years later to cry about it being in place. They could have changed the image of the iconic stone and made it an icon of acceptance for all people. But they were too short-sited to know to see their potential.
Juliana Bennett would say of the moment that “This moment is about the students, past and present, that relentlessly advocated for the removal of this racist monument. Now is a moment for all of us BIPOC students to breathe a sigh of relief, to be proud of our endurance, and to begin healing.” She makes it seem like the kids were all in tears and want it taken out. But nothing has changed since white people are being targeted with segregation.