Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison held a "die in" to protest a statue of President Abraham Lincoln "because he owned slaves."
An indigenous student group called Wunk Sheek had 50 people attend the protest.
According to Misha (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe), co-president of fiscal relations for Wunk Sheek, the demonstration was oriented not only around raising awareness about Columbus, but also about Lincoln’s role in native history.
In 1862, Lincoln ordered the execution of 38 Dakota men, making it the largest mass execution ordered by a U.S. president, according to leaders in Wunk Sheek. For this reason, the organization chose to hold the demonstration in front of his statue on Bascom. A sign hung around Lincoln’s neck describing the execution and ended with “#DecolonizeOurCampus.”
The demonstration was staged as a “die-in” in which supporters laid on the ground in solidarity with the executed Dakota men. The die-in began at 12:26 p.m. to honor the Dec. 26 date of the execution, and lasted for 38 minutes to honor the 38 executed men.
“Everyone thinks of Lincoln as the great, you know, freer of slaves, but let’s be real: He owned slaves, and as natives, we want people to know that he ordered the execution of native men,” Misha said. “Just to have him here at the top of Bascom is just really belittling.”
Here's a quick fact check for Misha: Lincoln grew up poor and never owned slaves. He is considered by many to be the nation's greatest president because he kept the nation together and abolished slavery.
But not even Lincoln is spared the wrath of those who want to tear down statues in the name of political correctness.
The left has also targeted statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson because they each owned slaves. If we erase every historical figure who ever did anything bad, we'd be left with a society devoid of our own history. Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln were all men of their times. Nobody is perfect. We're human.
Perhaps gaining a basic understanding of our nation's history would serve these students better than taking the day off to protest a statue of the most beloved and respected president in U.S. history.
But that requires thinking. And thinking is hard.