Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 27, 2021
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — How do you receive the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Award at the University of Wisconsin-Madison?
Apparently by tweeting “F!*k You” to every lawmaker cosponsoring the Senate Joint Resolution to end Gov. Tony Evers’ endless emergency declarations and statewide mask mandate.
But UW Professor Sami Schalk has been down this vile road before. This time, it seems, the people who decide how much state taxpayer funding universities receive have had quite enough.
In total, Schalk tweeted the F-bomb to 27 lawmakers “for trying to end the mask mandate.” The Gender & Women’s Studies professor had to issue a slight correction on her first tweet, which she said was directed at 27 Republican state senators. She included Republican Assembly members, too. No matter, Schalk had plenty of profanity-laced vitriol to go around.
State Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) was one of several lawmakers to express his displeasure. He noted Schalk’s latest foul rant is a clear violation of of the university’s social media guidelines. More so, he said, it’s sets a particularly poor example.
“The people of Wisconsin are already concerned that students are being indoctrinated, faculty are pushing a far left agenda during work hours, and that taxpayers are not getting their monies’ worth,” the lawmaker said. “Hurling profanity at political leaders across social media will do nothing but harden hearts and silence genuine political dialogue. I am not calling on the university to avoid controversial topics but instead to approach them in a way that opens minds.”
The university’s official position is that Professor Sami, “like every other member of our society,” is free to express her beliefs and frustrations on social media.
“However, engaging in personal attacks and profanity hardens divisions and is contrary to the value of civil dialogue and debate that the university represents,” UW-Madison Provost Kari Scholz said in a statement.
Scholz wants the public — and the lawmakers who hold the purse strings — to know that the university has “worked collaboratively with elected representatives from both parties,” particularly during the pandemic.
Still, the Chancellor’s inclusivity champion doesn’t appear to be facing any consequences for her actions — again. As a tenured professor, Schalk can rest assured her $100,000-plus taxpayer funded salary is secure.
As is well documented on social media, this isn’t the first time Schalk pushed beyond inappropriate to hate-filled rhetoric.
Here are some of her greatest hits:
As Empower Wisconsin first reported in August, Schalk encouraged Black Lives Matter “peaceful protesters” to protect their fellow rioters,.
“If you’re going out tonight in Madison or Kenosha, please don’t video tape folks doing anything illegal…”
“(W)ear black, wear shoes you can run in bring water, masks, phone battery, snacks. If you get gassed, rinse your eyes w/ water only, we don’t know what chemical they’re using,” Schalk tweeted on the second night of the riots that destroyed large swaths of Kenosha’s business districts.
If you’re going out tonight in Madison or Kenosha, please don’t video tape folks doing anything illegal, wear black, wear shoes you can run in, bring water, masks, phone battery, snacks. If you get gassed, rinse your eyes w/ water only, we don’t know what chemical they’re using.
— Dr. Sami Schalk (@DrSamiSchalk) August 25, 2020
On Jan. 6, Schalk retweeted a protest sign that declared, “Ban All White People Until We Figure Out What’s Going On.”
That’s the kind of loving, co-exist tweet you might expect from a professor who received an award that “celebrates exemplary achievements in teaching that honor the university’s value of diversity and inclusion as the path to excellence.”
On Dec. 18, the professor responded to a link from The Hill noting that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson had voted to block a bill that would have provided $1,200 stimulus checks.
“These old white men politicians are so deeply evil it never ceases to astonish,” Schalk tweeted.
“I just want to smash one window of one wealthy white supremacist without consequence. Just one. Once. House or car. I’m not picky. Can we write that into the next stimulus package,” she wrote in another tweet.
And check out this “inclusivity” from the award-winning professor.
“I’m so tired of white ppl thinking they can do whatever they want, treat ppl however they want because THEY personally consider themselves to be nice, kind, sweet, good people. You’re not. You’re assholes. And you don’t even know it.”
Schalk lamented that there aren’t any consequences for such “ppl.” She did so, of course, without an iota of self-awareness or irony.
She clearly enjoys the attention. In December, Schalk tweeted, “I don’t know why these right wingers keep trying to request my work emails. I clearly save the wildest sh*t I have to say on Twitter. Work emails don’t get any likes.”