Far be it from me to defend President Trump’s verbal tirades, but sometimes fairness requires us all to recognize he was more correct than his critics want to admit. Several weeks ago, when the progressive left’s Outrage of the Day ™ was Confederate monuments, Trump held a press conference and posed this question:
This week, it is Robert E Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?
It was a prescient question and, whether it was intended or not, exposed the endgame of this unrelenting progressive cultural assault. If statues must be removed due to sinful ideas or conduct of fallen men, there will eventually be no statues.
If that sounds like a slippery slope stretch, then consider what just happened on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor has shot down a student government request that a plaque be placed near an on-campus statue of Abraham Lincoln describing what they see as the president’s culpability in massacres of Native Americans.
Even someone you would think would be safe (at least for awhile) from the revisionist left, the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln, is a pariah to social justice warriors. He may have been great on ending slavery at the end of a bayonet, but he didn’t execute enough people for the massacre of Sioux natives that happened when he was president.
And keep in mind, the plaque request was the social justice warriors’ idea of compromise:
Mariah Skenandore, a co-president of an indigenous student organization called Wunk Sheek, said refusing to place a plaque by Lincoln’s statue represents the university’s continued oppression of minority students. “They don’t acknowledge the impact that it is having on their students, and I’m impacted by [the statue] every day,” Skenandore said. “I think the plaque is the least the university can do.”
“The least” it can do? What would be preferable? It’s not a stretch to think that the answer offered by these offended leftists would be to tear Abe down.
In terms of the complaint itself, it’s hardly surprising that the students get their history wrong anyway. But things like facts, reality, and context are all secondary concerns to the larger allegiance and promotion of the narrative cause – no matter how dumb it may be.