Can a Rock Be Racist? – Reclaiming America

Can a Rock Be Racist?

What has happened to America and traditional American values when a rock on a university campus is deemed so racist that it must be removed from the campus?

You’d be hard-pressed to find an editorial staff of any website that is more opposed to racism than the editorial staff of Reclaiming America. However, this story has us shaking our heads with bafflement.

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UW-Madison is moving forward on a plan to remove a boulder from Observatory Hill after calls from students of color who see the rock as a painful reminder of the history of racism on campus,” according to Madison.com.

The 70-ton boulder is officially known as Chamberlin Rock in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president. But the rock was referred to at least once after it was dug out of the hill as a “n*ggerhead,” a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock.

“The Campus Planning Committee unanimously voted last week to recommend to Chancellor Rebecca Blank that the boulder be removed from Observatory Hill. Blank has previously indicated she supports the rock’s removal, though a timeline for removal has not been established.

“The Wisconsin Black Student Union called for the rock’s removal over the summer. President Nalah McWhorter said the rock is a symbol of the daily injustices that students of color face on a predominantly white campus[emphasis added]

“McWhorter also faulted the Wisconsin State Journal for printing the vulgarity in a 1925 news article. [emphasis added]

“University historians identified the news story as the only known instance of the offensive term being used. It’s unclear whether or for how long people on campus referred to the boulder as “N*ggerhead Rock.” The term itself appears to have fallen out of common usage by the 1950s.” [emphasis added]

For more, go to Madison.com.

Please share your thoughts in the comment section on this page. What has happened to America and traditional American values when a rock on a university campus is deemed so racist that it must be removed from the campus? Remember, as far as historians can tell, the offensive term was only used once back in 1925 and the use of the term in the U.S. ceased back in the 1950s.

 

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