Just when you think cancel culture is hitting rock bottom, it gets even more imbecilic. The learned academics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say rocks can be racist.
No, we’re not talking about a racist tossing a rock at someone. We’re talking about a boulder just sitting there. This one rock was deemed so “offensive” to the snowflakes at Wisconsin-Madison University that the school actually went to the expense of removing it — all 70 tons of it — and at the cost of $75,000,
The rock even had a name “Chamberlain Rock,” in honor of local geologist Thomas Crowder Chamberlin whose work helped science further understand glacial deposits in the 1920s. Chamberlain was also once the president of the university.
The giant boulder was found right there deep in the university’s “Observatory Hill” in 1925. As it happens, the boulder became a local celebrity when workers spent three days digging it out of the hill to be left on display for all to see and enjoy at the time. So who taught rock to be a racist?
Well, it wasn’t the rock. It was a newspaper. In 1925, the Wisconsin State Journal published a story about the rock in which it was described with the then common colloquial term for dark-colored rocks. That word is “niggerhead.”
The rock never said anything racist, and because the giant rock doesn’t have hands, I assume it didn’t write the above article. But because someone found that century-old article about the boulder that used a word containing the “n” word,” it was deemed a racist symbol, at least by the Black Student Union.
But once the activist nitwits in the student body were made acquainted with this nearly 100-year-old newspaper article, suddenly they all felt “unsafe,” and their little snowflake panties got bunched up.
Now, mind you, while “niggerhead” is certainly a racist term that fell out of favor decades ago. But the thing is, no one ever called “Chamberlain Rock” a “niggerhead” on campus. Or if they did, it was more than 70 years ago. Furthermore, it was never given that name officially by the university. It was just a gross term thrown around by a journalist nearly 100 years ago.
How bad could campus life have been for those poor snowflakes if it took a 100-year-old newspaper article to trigger them?
There was no reason whatever to waste $75,000 on removing a giant boulder because a hundred years ago, someone used the n-word to describe it. But who expects logic and common sense from leftists? In fact, at the same time the Black Student Union asked for the Rock to be removed, they also demanded, “Remove the Abraham Lincoln monument located at the top of Bascom Hill and replace it with someone who stands for the justice of all people.” Yes,,, THAT Abraham Lincoln, the 16th POTUS, the one who freed the slaves.
Parts of this post were first seen at Flag and Cross.