The anti-monument radicals are at it again, this time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where a group of students is trying to rid their campus of a statue of Abraham Lincoln.
Last June, UWM students demanded the statue of the president responsible for ending slavery in America be removed because of his apparent anti-black history. Administration officials refused, however, so now the student government association (SGA) has approved a resolution drafted by student Kevin Jacobson, who says the Lincoln statue should be removed because it was donated by newspaper owner Richard Lloyd Jones, who was controversial for his stances on a number of issues.
"They can't sell the argument based on the fact Abraham Lincoln was himself, in their opinion, a white supremacist, but that the statue was funded by someone who, in their opinion, held ideas and positions that were part of the white supremacy," explains Juliane Appling, president of the Wisconsin Family Council.
Appling thinks administrators need to firmly stand against the student government's misguided demands.
"The fact that the SGA voted unanimously for the statue of Lincoln to come down ... is meaningless," she tells OneNewsNow. "The administration said that they would not remove it, and they should stand by that. If they allow them to have this much power, then I don't know where that stops."
The statue was donated in 1909 through the efforts of Richard Lloyd Jones, an alumnus who raised the $8,000 needed to purchase the bronze statue.