It’s a beautiful weekend
Madison’s Capitol Square has been the scene of terrible ugliness the past week. Of busted statues, fire bombs, and beatings. Perhaps, with a spate of recent arrests of some of the worst of the rioters, the fever has abated.
This beautiful Sunday morning in June, Ann of Althouse and the Venerable Meade came upon a quiet scene. In the very early dawn, a solitary man erects a Christian cross on the plinth from which the iconic Miss Forward statue was torn down.
How truly touching. The Werkes will not poach their fine work. Step on over to Ms. Ann’s shop to take a look and, perhaps, say a little prayer for Madison and our nation. Then come on back to the Werkes. We’re open!
Only the day before, an equally beautiful Saturday 06-27-2020, some miscreant(s) erected 50 signs declaring “We Support Our Madison Police“ on the lawn nearby the statue’s base, that being on the State Street side of the Capitol. The mischief-makers, it would appear, do not believe that Madison police are institutionally racist. (In contrast to the folks who put up this ugliness on the boarded-up window of the State Historical Society directly across Carroll Street. We will not blot an otherwise beautiful blog post but you can see it here. Parental discretion advised. N.S.F.W.)
We surmise that the planters of the Support Police yard signs — like the performance art of Christo — never expected a permanent installation. (Then again, who knew that the statues of the Union soldier and Miss Forward were only temporary?) The signs have been taken down and the grey lab coats at the Werkes are curious to know whether in anger, by administrative duty — perhaps by souvenir seekers.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The small miracle is that they remained standing for at least four hours — like the raising of the cross, a rare and quiet voice of dissent in a city of shouted epithets, breaking glass, and bodily harm.