University of Wisconsin students say Abraham Lincoln statue at Madison campus must come down

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Leroy N. Soetoro

Jul 1, 2020, 12:51:57 PM7/1/20

Some University of Wisconsin students are pushing for a statue of Abraham
Lincoln to be removed from the Madison campus over his treatment of
indigenous groups and black people.

The Black Student Union and the Student Inclusion Coalition, both student
organizations, called for the statue's removal in early June, despite
Lincoln ending slavery in the United States.

The Black Student Union argues Lincoln's legacy also includes several
actions that harmed people of color. He ordered the largest mass execution
in U.S. history -- 38 Dakota men by hanging -- and signed the Homestead
Act, which gave settlers land forcibly taken from Native Americans, the
Wisconsin State Journal reported.


Some students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are calling for a
statue of Abraham Lincoln on campus to be removed.
Some students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are calling for a
statue of Abraham Lincoln on campus to be removed. (Google Maps)

“For him to be at the top of Bascom [Hill] as a powerful placement on our
campus, it’s a single-handed symbol of white supremacy,” Black Student
Union president Nalah McWhorter told the outlet.

Opponents, including UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, have voiced
concerns about how far the targeting of historical figures can go. In a
statement to the newspaper, she acknowledged Lincoln's complex legacy.

“However, 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 ... I believe
that Abraham Lincoln’s legacy should not be erased but examined, that it
should be both celebrated and critiqued," Blank said.

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Some statues have been toppled and others have been vandalized. President
Trump has excoriated vandals and pressed for jail terms for anyone caught
desecrating public memorials. Last week, he signed an executive order to
protect such properties.

Another statue of Lincoln featuring him with a shackled, kneeling African-
American in Washington D.C., has also drawn scorn from activists. Critics
say the Emancipation Memorial communicates the black man's subservience.

Fox News' Jack Durschlag contributed to this report.

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Jul 1, 2020, 1:27:39 PM7/1/20
They must NOT want tax dollars either..... send them all home and let
them pay their own way I don't want to pay to send them to colleges to
learn hate and violence......

*That's Karma*
Use of the words PRIVILEGED and RACIST is prejudicial and hateful and it
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