The University of Wyoming has removed a racist rock from its campus. This 40+ ton 2 billion year old naturally occurring form of racism was driven and dumped near the border of Canada.
Chamberlin Rock, named after Thomas Chamberlin—a former university president and geologist—has existed since 1925.
A 1925 Wisconsin State Journal article used a derogatory word for African Americans as part of a nickname for the giant boulder. Since then, only truly racist individuals have embraced that language. Today, intelligent Americans choose not to designate racist terminology to inanimate naturally occurring structures, nor incorporate it into modern English language. This however, was not enough for the University of Wyoming.
“It was very meaningful for me to be there and to see the process all the way through to the end,” senior Nalah McWhorter said in a University press release. McWhorter, was the president of the ‘Wisconsin Black Student Union’ for the past academic year.
“It was about a year ago that we released our demands and met with the chancellor and explained to her why those demands meant so much to us,” she said. “It was a powerful moment today to see this demand come full circle.”
The boulder is a large example of a rare, pre-Cambrian era glacial erratic, which may be more than two billion years old, the university said. A glacial erratic is a large rock that was moved by a glacier and left behind when the glacier moved on. The erratic is made of a different rock type than is usually found in the area.
Juliana Bennett, who serves as the campus representative on the Madison City Council, said “removing the rock signaled a small step toward a more inclusive campus.”
“This moment is about the students, past and present, that relentlessly advocated for the removal of this racist monument,” she said. “Now is a moment for all of us BIPOC students to breathe a sigh of relief, to be proud of our endurance, and to begin healing.”
“Removing the rock as a monument in a prominent location prevents further harm to our community while preserving the rock’s educational research value for our current and future students,” said Gary Brown, the University’s Director of Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture.
In a classic example of ultra-woke progressive liberalism, questionable history must be removed. Rather than rename the rock—which is not capable of holding an opinion on the color of skin—the University removed it, due to racially discriminative name calling in Wisconsin State Journal article 1925.
The rock did not hold racist views. The rock did not depict racist symbolism. It was humans who named the rock, much like the artificial discrimination that is manifested today. Yet progressive liberals stand by the fact that an American rock is systemically racist. It existed on Native American land far before modern America existed.
Condemning rocks will not create equality, and removing a 2 billion year old Boulder from Native American territory will not stop racism, as they were never a source of hate. It’s disheartening to see the excitement and joy that the alt-left displays upon this removal, as if now the politically weaponized racial divide in America has ended.