… and he’s the rule not the exception!
Madison’s Kristallnacht and urban terror smashed its way
down State Street from Bascom Hill
Like the contortionist at a seedy small-town carnival, the ability of the Left to justify the indefensible is a guilty pleasure. You admire the poor fellow’s pluck but you feel sorry for his mother.
Hoping that dear old mom didn’t scrub floors to see Walter C. Stern through college. He is a prof of educational policy studies and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Which means he is teaching your kids’ teachers and, one suspects, many of the late-night visitors to State Street and Capitol Square this summer.
Professor Stern justifies the toppling of Wisconsin’s iconic Miss Forward statue in an op-ed in the Wisconsin State Journal. Because …
“… while the statue and the state motto it embodies represent progress, their vision of progress does not extend to all. That is because the “progress” [his snarky quotes] … is the advancement that white settlers achieved through the subordination of indigenous and Black people.”
Is that how UW professor Harry Steenbock found the cure for childhood rickets in 1923? Karl Paul Link’s blood thinner for heart patients in 1941? Howard Temin for discovering retroviruses in 1975 (particularly relevant during the current pandemic)? By subjugating indigenous and Black people?
Tenured professors like Stern supply the intellectual apologia for the tear-down of society. They sell the plywood, Menard’s just stocks it.
The Great Purge
This guy teaches history at Wisconsin’s flagship campus. To future teachers. Correction: Sterns teaches graduate-level Victim and Grievance mongering. Sterns expostulates his overt racism with this bit of pretzel logic:
I use “Forward” in my UW-Madison classes to help students grasp how celebrations of conquest and white male domination became embedded within the daily fabric of American life. Like so many monuments, it discretely transforms a complex, violent and inequitable past into a seemingly palatable story of progress.”
Stop the presses! History is inequitable? Inequity is as old as Genesis! Just ask Abel. Even so, is the history professor aware that the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 banned slavery in the future state of Wisconsin? That we were a cog in the Underground Railroad to freedom? Bled more, per capita, than any other state fighting slavery and secession? A pioneer in worker’s comp and unemployment insurance? School vouchers, medicaid and gay rights?
Stern suggests our state should be given back to those indigenous peoples present during the first European contact — not that the Ojibway and Ho Chunk did not themselves displace other tribes before the 17th Century. Often violently.
It is also true that Miss Forward could not vote at the time of her sculpting, in 1893, by a noted female artist born in Menasha. Is that cause to topple this antecedent of the suffragist movement, restored by powerful Wisconsin women? (Its history, here.)
Today’s book burners
No, Wisconsin is not perfect. Does the professor understand that “Forward” is a direction, not a final destination. That “progress” is not perfection?
No wonder UW-Madison students want to tear down Abraham Lincoln! Who gets to replace him? Al Sharpton? Once upon a time, university professors decried the trashing of history lest they, themselves, be sent away to the gulag for re-education. Disappeared, like Miss Forward, for being insufficiently woke.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Paging Tommy Thompson! Do you wonder why support for higher education is waning? Our state land grant university is churning out idiots who are tearing down the state you helped build.