Lincoln remains, for now, at UW-Madison despite protests

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Lincoln statue at UW-MadisonAt the same time Christopher Columbus statues and George Washington memorials are targeted by mobs, a historic statue is still standing, at least for now, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the 44,400-student campus, said in a statement that Lincoln is considered “one of our greatest presidents” after issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. So he is staying.

UW-Madison students collected approximately 300 signatures to remove the Lincoln statue because his history is “questionable,” Campus Reform reported.

Julaine Appling of the Wisconsin Family Council says the chancellor’s decision is one of the rare times she can agree with the liberal school.

"This is one of the most reasonable and reasoned decisions I've seen come out of the UW system in quite some time,” she says. “The chancellor did the right thing here."

Lincoln, a self-taught country lawyer, became the 16th U.S. president in 1861. The newly formed Republican Party made him the presidential nominee due to his vocal opposition to slavery and the oratory skills he displayed while debating the topic. After leading the North through four years of civil war, including two years of defeats at the hands of the ill-equipped Confederacy, Lincoln was killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 14, 1865.

According to Campus Reform, Chancellor Blank did not enitirely tell the tiny mob to take a hike. She acknowledged that the university campus sits on land “expropriated” from Native Americans but insisted the university and others like it have served as “engines of social mobility and economic growth” for citizens to obtain an education.

The student petition said the statue sits on “sacred and stolen” land that belonged to the Ho Chunk tribe, whose land spread across several states. 

According to Appling, the university’s naïve students are nothing more than puppets on a string who being used by people whose goal is much bigger, and more ominous, than fighting racism.

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