S.O.S. Tommy Thompson!
If University of Wisconsin students are more ‘woke’ than the habitués of an all-night coffee house, it is because they have been trained in race warfare. It is not happenstance that State Street is boarded up from Bascom Hill to the State Capitol.
Now UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is mandating “cultural competency” workshops for incoming undergraduate students. (Story here.) That’s approximately 7,500 new social justice warriors ready for action, every year. Good luck skipping mandatory thought control if you want to get that expensive sheepskin.
UW-Madison has been plying its impressionable students with the ideology of hate and division for at least the last nine years, at least, only on a more voluntary basis. The university inaugurated its Engagement, Inclusion, Diversity (EID) program in 2011 to help “our communities and country grapple with the consequences of police brutality, white supremacy, and systemic racism.”
Bullhorn Bellowing 101
Among similar offerings, EID has hired Brandi Grayson and her Urban Triage to conduct “Co-Conspirator Training.” Seriously. A three-month course beginning 07-29-2020 “designed to bring about positive, permanent shifts in how we define and understand the depth and breadth of white supremacist patriarchal capitalism.”
⇒ Very deep and very broad, that white supremacist patriarchal capitalism, one suspects.
The UW’s EID website provides helpful hyperlinks to Freedom, Inc. which “engages … communities of color in Dane County …to achieve social justice through … leadership development and community organizing.”
EID also links to Free the 350 Bail Fund which “bails out Black people incarcerated in the Dane County jail system and also seeks to end the unjust and antiquated prison and jail system in general.” Whites, hispanics, Asians, Washington Redskins, and Pacific Islanders need not apply.
Not that the universities courses and its professors aren’t skewed to the Left of Bernie Sanders. The Wisconsin Idea has been replaced by the NY Times’ tendentious “1619 Project.” (“Out of slavery — and the anti-black racism it required — grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional.”)
Sign of solidarity — “Wisconsin student-athletes will be showing their solidarity with Black and other under-represented communities on campus when Badger sports teams return to action. UW Athletics uniforms will include a university crest logo with a black W, a show of support, inclusion and unity from Badger student-athletes, the UW Athletic Department and UW-Madison as a whole.” — UW-Madison 07-15-2020
• UW Department of Afro-American Studies “applaud[s] the efforts of Freedom Inc.” to expel school resource police officers from Madison’s public schools. 06-29-2020.
• “UW-Madison scholars speak out about racial injustice, the police and protests.”
• Education professor Walter Stern uses the Capitol statue “‘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.”
The University of Wisconsin is teaching guilt, not critical thinking. You, classic Wisconsin frat boy (and likely tiki torch-bearing Nazi), got here only on your white privilege — not because you excelled in your studies.
Wisconsin was OFTEN that great
Is it taught anywhere on the Madison campus that Wisconsin was a way station on slavery’s underground railroad to freedom? That a mob stormed a jail in Milwaukee in 1854 to free a captured runaway slave? (That history here.) That the Republican party was founded in Ripon WI expressly to combat slavery? That Gov. Lucius Fairchild, who lost an arm at Gettysburg, fought the corrupt bargain that ended Reconstruction? Colonel Heg, anyone?
So huzzah to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for proclaiming that “The New York Times’s ‘1619 Project’ . . . wants you to believe that our country was founded for human bondage.”
The contention that U.S. history is simply a story of oppression is “Marxist ideology. The Chinese Communist Party must be gleeful when they see The New York Times spout this ideology,” Pompeo observes. And our universities.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Instead, as the Wall Street Journal summarizes, America’s founding was the most significant event in the history of human rights.