Empower Wisconsin | June 29, 2020
MADISON — Charles Dickens, certainly no conservative, warned us long ago to beware of ignorance of want. But above all, the 19th contrary novelist wrote, be wary of ignorance for it can only lead to doom.
We haven’t taken Dickens’ advice to heart.
Welcome to doom.
Another ignorant statue hunter is demanding a symbol of “racism” be pulled down from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
That’s right. The Great Emancipator. The president who fought and died for the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. His reconstruction plan at the end of the Civil War pointed to the 14th Amendment, which grants all citizens equal protection under the laws.
Nalah McWhorter, president of UW’s Black Student Union, isn’t impressed with what most would consider the monumental human rights victory of the 1800s.
“Although he freed the slaves, he freed them and gave them no rights, no reparations,” McWhorter told WKOW.com.
That’s a faulty understanding of history (see above).
It is this kind of historical ignorance, bereft of context and seething with hatred, that is tearing down and destroying not only statues but property and lives in this long, hot summer of discontent.
Thankfully, an adult has stood up and said no to the latest temper-tantrum. Granted, she’s the same adult who has fed much of this far left nonsense, but still …
University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank, also no conservative, issued a statement noting the university’s continued support for Abraham Lincoln and the iconic statue of him that has graced UW’s Bascom Hill for more than a century.
“Like those of all presidents, Lincoln’s legacy is complex and contains actions which, 150 years later, appear flawed,” Blank wrote. Lincoln, in his famous debates with profoundly racist Democratic U.S. Sen. Stephen Douglas, did assert the superiority of the white race, playing to a crowd of southern Illinois racists.
“However,” Blank continued, “when the totality of his tenure is considered, Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of our greatest presidents, having issued the Emancipation Proclamation, persuaded Congress to adopt the 13th Amendment ending slavery and preserved the Union during the Civil War.”
That’s not enough to the tear-down-history crowd, which is hellbent on doing away with any statue, any symbol, any idea that doesn’t fit into their narrow woke box.
It’s an ignorant and dangerous standard, of course.
As Dan O’Donnell pointed out on his show Friday, Martin Luther King, Jr., the paragon of the Civil Rights Movement in America, once advised a boy attracted to boys to undergo something akin to conversion therapy.
“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” King wrote in a letter, part of a collection of his writings preserved at Stanford University. King said it was necessary that the boy “deal with the problem” “I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit.”
Should we expect to see the toppling of Martin Luther King, Jr. statues and changes to street names soon?