MADISON — On the University of Wisconsin-River Falls’ website, at least up until Tuesday, was a page devoted to Education & Resources for Allies. This “educational” page included a report of sorts titled, “Black Lives Matter & Why “All Cops are Bastards.”
It’s how someone at UW-River Falls was selling their version of “Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.”
Justice for George Floyd. That’s what “A Guide to Allyship” ostensibly focuses on — part of a broader “Justice in June” campaign, laden with antiracism guides and Woke exercises and resources.
But being an ally to the black community apparently means hating cops, according to whoever thought it was a good idea to tack the outside Google doc on the taxpayer-funded university website.
“We must contact those in power and urge them to defund the police, support those fighting on the frontlines in the global protests, and donate to the people and organizations who need it the most right now,” the BLM literature demands.
It’s the usual anti-law enforcement leftist activism, first published just a few days after video captured the horrifying death of Floyd, a black man, at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer. The incident set off police brutality protests nationwide, many of those turning destructive and violent thanks in no small part to the hatred spewed by BLM.
The hateful rhetoric appeared to be endorsed by one of Wisconsin’s four-year universities under the notion of “allyship.”
Beth Schommer, chief of staff in the UW-River Falls’ Chancellor’s Office, told Empower Wisconsin the university neither authorized nor sanctioned the posting of the controversial link. In short, it was a mistake.
The document showed up as an external link in a series of online resources the university’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging put together following Floyd’s death and the BLM protests that followed. Schommer said it’s not clear how “All Cops are Bastards” made the cut.
But how did it remain as a link on the university-endorsed webpage for more than a year?
“We are terribly under-resourced in terms of our ability to oversee all the different web pages we have,” Schommer said, noting that different departments on campus have “authorizing rights” but don’t always have time to check every aspect of the pages.
“That’s on us,” she said.
Also troubling is that there was no disclaimer for the vile, hate-filled information contained in the document.
According to the section Why “All Cops are Bastards”:
Good Cops Do Not Exist
“The claim that individual cops can be good is rooted in white supremacist mythology that suggests racism is an individual act committed by anybody. Policing is not a question of individualism. It is not as if a random individual gets a gun, a badge, a police car, and a blue uniform. The police are a highly organized institution with systemic power. In order to understand any institution, it is important you start with the history of that institution, the institution of modern day policing evolved from the slave patrol system.
To suggest that there are good cops is like saying there’s good slave patrols or good colonizers. It acts as if policing is an individual act that isn’t a product of racial capitalism. A cop might have “good intentions”, but these good intentions don’t change the fact that they are a part of a system that is rooted in anti-Blackness. These “good intentions” don’t change the fact that the system they work for criminalizes the whole Black community.
Schommer said the document does not in any way align with the core values of UW-River Falls, and that it was removed Tuesday after the university received complaints. She declined to identify those who made the complaints.
The city of River Falls last September was vandalized with anti-police graffiti, similar to the hate-filled messages contained on the “Allyship” page. In a statement, the university noted that symbols, statements and acronyms used in the property crimes “were derogatory toward police and were found in more than ten locations throughout the city of River Falls, including campus and the River Falls Police Department.”
UW-River Falls condemned the acts of vandalism.
“UWRF takes pride in its value of inclusivity and does not condone graffiti as an appropriate manner of expression,” the press release stated.
Schommer said university officials will be reviewing the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging webpage before the fall semester to make sure all content on the page reflects UW-River Falls’ mission.
You’ll still be able to find plenty of Woke, anti-racism philosophy and rhetoric on the page and inside the classroom. In short, some of the same anti-police ideas found in “All Cops are Bastards,” just more politely written.
No place for hate
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch issued a Facebook video Tuesday taking aim at the anti-police rhetoric and so-called critical race theory. She said neither has a place in taxpayer-funded classrooms.
Critical Race Theory and anti-police rhetoric have no place in taxpayer-funded classrooms. Check out what we found at one UW system school:
Watch the video here.