Student Activists Demand Removal of Abraham Lincoln Statue at UW-Madison
Added 06-25-20 03:38:02pm EST - “"This statue stands on sacred and stolen Ho Chunk land, and whatever stands there should not stand as a reminder of racist legacies that contributed to this campus."” - Legalinsurrection.com
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“This statue stands on sacred and stolen Ho Chunk land, and whatever stands there should not stand as a reminder of racist legacies that contributed to this campus.”
Student activists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are exploiting the current trend of statue toppling, to petition for the removal of a campus statue of President Abraham Lincoln.
Many UW-Madison students wait to take their picture on the lap of the Abe Lincoln statue atop Bascom Hill when they graduate. However, few know how this statue got to the top of the hill, and who put it there.
A little history about the Abraham Lincoln statue sitting at the top of Bascom that many seem to know and love:
One of the primary donors is Richard Lloyd Jones. This man was well-known for holding ultra-racist beliefs. He was a journalist that wrote articles inciting violence and even murder of black people. He also published the piece that instigated the Tulsa Massacre, which devastated Black Wall Street in 1821. The other primary donor was a man named Thomas Brittingham Jr, a known member of the KKK. As for Abraham Lincoln, while his history with race relations is questionable, this statue has nothing to do with the creation and continuation of education on UW-Madison’s campus and was merely a gift of political capital.
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@TeaPainUSA Maybe not. https://t.co/dvtp7TSNIC
RT @tjlopez52: When will the insanity of the #CancelCulture end? Now they’re after #AbrahamLincoln. https://t.co/CspffzN868
@BiggestTaco @democracynow This has nothing to do with the civil war when you're tearing down Lincoln and Douglass.… https://t.co/ypAe5mdOiO
@BeckyBlank @UWMadison You can start addressing racism on campus by removing the oppressive Lincoln statue. Lincoln… https://t.co/ADvMzfh6lx