November 21, 2020

If your kids attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you might be interested to hear what they plan to blow a big chunk of your tuition money on.

School officials want to remove a large black boulder from Observatory Hill after a black campus activist group and a campus newspaper declared it a racist rock (and no, “Racist Rock” is not an old ABC afterschool series.)

Its name since 1926 has been Chamberlin Rock, after geologist and then-campus president Thomas Crowder Chamberlin. But showing that at least someone there is studying history, the activists discovered that in the first half of the last century, such rock formations were sometimes called by the racist name, “'N-word'-heads.” And this rock was once referred to by that term, albeit in quotation marks, in a newspaper article…in 1925.

So of course, it has to be removed because black students might feel oppressed by it. The estimated cost is between $30,000 and $75,000, which would pay for a nice scholarship for a promising black student. But removing the rock that was referred to by a racist name one time 95 years ago is far more urgent.

The removal will require the okay of the Wisconsin Historical Society, which notes that the boulder is a “Pre-Cambrian era glacial erratic that is an iconic representation of Wisconsin glaciation period.” FYI: the Pre-Cambrian period stretched from 4.6 billion years ago to about 541 million years ago. That’s how long the rock had been sitting there minding its own business before anyone decided it was racist and had to go.

The most shocking part of this story isn’t that the school’s administrators are actually planning to blow $75,000 of desperately-needed school funds on removing a rock that’s been there since the dawn of time because someone called it by a racist term 95 years ago. The shocking part is that we pay these people to teach our kids when they are apparently dumber than a box of Pre-Cambrian rocks.

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  • Jon Todd Penner

    11/23/2020 08:00 PM

    Amen, brother, amen. Dumber than, er..., rocks.

  • Tony Brummel

    11/23/2020 02:41 PM

    I noticed that you used a black font for this article... I should contact Google as the default color scheme for web pages could be considered racist by some.

    Another option: those offended by the font can stop using Chrome and those offended by the rock can go to another campus - or maybe channel some energy in a positive direction?

    What about those of us who would be offended by the removal of the rock? Common sense is long gone :-(

  • Judy Hamilton Pendrey

    11/23/2020 02:30 PM

    I agree with you 100%. That is exactly what is wrong with this country. Everyone is afraid to go against these people that ask for this crazy stuff that just cost us (the taxpayer) more money. They should have said, "Well, I am sorry but that rock is not, has never and never will bother anyone. It is a DAMN rock.

  • Eleanor S. Jenkins

    11/22/2020 11:18 PM

    It sounds like the school administrators are dumber than a rock. No matter where they move it, it is still a black rock!!!!

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    11/22/2020 03:21 PM

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  • Lauri Cedar

    11/22/2020 09:57 AM

    We love you, Mike!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
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  • Judy Beown

    11/22/2020 09:44 AM

    Wow! So geology is now racist. Got to wonder where these people studied geology.

  • Jim Goin

    11/22/2020 09:30 AM

    Aren’t you a young earth Creationist Mike? Has the rock been there, “minding it’s own business” as long as you say?
    Please don’t side with the evolutionists, for the purpose of critiqueing this ridiculous story.

  • Diana Newman

    11/22/2020 07:31 AM

    Thank you Gov. Huckabee. I hope WI constituents are paying attention and will walk away with their pocketbooks.

  • Candy Annis

    11/21/2020 10:12 PM

    Nailed it Mike. The collegiate system has become a boon to society. Not only do they not teach world history they spend way too much time on opinion based classes.

  • Kathryn Smith

    11/21/2020 08:52 PM

    Went to Madison in the 70's...totally dumb thing to do.

  • Kari King

    11/21/2020 08:29 PM

    How dumb can you be ?
    Wouldn’t you rather spend that money paying someone’s tuition. Does this really matter to black community?