By Jeff Simpson
The Trump effect is in full effect in Wisconsin. At the Wisconsin Badgers football game on Saturday night, someone snuck a costume in to the game of President Obama in a jail uniform and a noose.
Apparently when they saw these lunatics in the crowd, they went and asked them nicely toremove the noose. The men agreed, and removed the noose but kept everything else the same.At the @UWBadgers game and there is a man with a mask of President Obama and a noose. This is racism, why was this allowed into the stadium? pic.twitter.com/zKEqhdDYny— 😏 (@woahohkatie) October 29, 2016
That is not ok, nor is it covered by the first amendment. The response should have been stronger and more sever, and many people let them know that.
.@UWMadison— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) October 30, 2016
"...must be of an appropriate nature."
Noose around neck of the image of our black president in a jail suit is appropriate? pic.twitter.com/zfd5C1zr0f
The Reverend Alex Gee penned an open letter to the UW:
As offensive as this costume was, I believe our university must resist the desire to outlaw forms of speech and political dissent with which we disagree. We strive to build a campus community in which ideas and expression are exchanged freely, but also constructively, respectfully and in a manner that advances educational opportunities for our students.As has been correctly pointed out, prospective UW Students are closely watching to see how we handle this situation. It has not been handled correctly yet, but it is not the least bit surprising that the right wing that has spent the last six years criticizing the UW System would be on board with something that cause our University system to bring in less students of color.
Almost immediately social media lit up with the type of political polarity we’d expect from such an episode. Many posters felt the image of an African-American in a noose, let alone the President of the United States, should have meant outright ejection from the stadium. Others felt it was a violation of free speech rights to even take the noose. Here are words you won’t read or hear from me very often: I think the university got this exactly right.
Now is a good time to point out that prominent Republican Senator Steve nASS(R-refuses to pay child support), blasted UW's attempt to increase their diversity programs.
A Republican state senator says a new diversity outreach program at the UW-Madison is “sinister.”Still trying to confirm if that is Steve nASS in the Trump Costume, but we need to find out the person who we can see identities first. If you know who this is and how to contact him, please let us know(anonymously if need be) - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sen. Steve Nass made the comment in reaction to UW-Madison announcing its plans to improve the experiences of minorities on the flagship campus. The plan calls for having new students discuss social differences, a new cultural center for black students and increased opportunities to take ethnic studies courses.
Nass is vice-chair of the Senate’s committee on universities.
Nass said university leaders “constantly complain about lacking money” but “they never lack money for advancing new and more sinister ways of liberal indoctrination of students.”
He said the initiative isn’t about advancing critical thinking, but about “telling students to think and act in ways approved by the liberal leadership of our universities.”