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All Woke Up: The year in campus cancel culture

Empower Wisconsin  | June 27, 2022

It was a big year for the cancel culture on college campuses.

There have been 112 speakers, signs, statues and other targets canceled on campus during the last academic year, and another 74 attempted cancelations, according to The College Fix’s Campus Cancel Culture Database, which tracks such incidents.

That amounts to a total of 186 campus cancel culture incidents from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022. Or about four woke hit jobs per week.

On the list of the top 10 most ridiculous campus cancelations is the University of Washington School of Medicine forcing out highly decorated virologist Julie Overbaugh after it was discovered she had worn a Michael Jackson costume to a 2009 Halloween party.

A picture of the 13-year-old incident, in which she is accused of wearing “blackface,” has prompted peers to accuse her of racism despite the fact that her research has focused on aiding Africans for the last three decades.

As The College Fix noted, University of Washington Medicine is helping to ruin a woman who devoted her career to finding a cure for HIV.

And the University of Wisconsin-Madison makes the list for canceling a rock.

The offensive 70-ton boulder known as Chamberlain Rock was removed from campus after some student protesters deemed it racist. The rock, which had taken up residence in Wisconsin for more than 10,000 years, was deposited by ancient pre-Cambrian bedrock drift from Canada, according to its plaque. It was named after Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, a 19th century glaciologist and University of Wisconsin president.

It apparently was once referred to as “n*ggerhead rock” in the Wisconsin State Journal in 1925. There is no evidence the offensive term was ever used on campus to describe the boulder. The term was a common moniker at the time for large, dark rocks.

The decision to remove the massive stone was unanimously approved by the school’s Campus Planning Committee in November 2020. It was ultimately given the heave-ho in August, but only after resolving concerns that removing the racist rock would disturb Native American effigy mounds.

It’s the circle of cancel culture life.

Read the complete list of top 10 most ridiculous examples of campus cancel culture during the last school year at The College Fix.

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