UW-Madison students insist Lincoln owned slaves

Sunday, October 22, 2017
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Lincoln MemorialAn indigenous student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison tried to re-write history this month by condemning former President Abraham Lincoln as a slave owner during their anti-Columbus Day demonstrations this month.

Scores of students attending a “die-in” organized by the radical left Wunk Sheek group near the campus’s Bascom Hall claimed that the statue of Lincoln next to the building made them relive painful memories of his “brutal” treatment of their long-lost relatives.

“[The Lincoln statues reminds us of] the suffering of their ancestors at his command,” the group insisted, according to Townhall. “Wunk Sheek … had about 50 people attend their rally in support of Indigenous People’s Day, which in reality is Columbus Day.”

Villainizing heroes

Wunk Sheek Co-president of Fiscal Relations Misha (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) indicated that the rally was held not just to “raise awareness” about slavery under Christopher Columbus, but about the “merciless” part Lincoln played in Native American 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,” a report from the Daily Cardinal retold. “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.’”

Students symbolized the deaths of the executed Dakota men while staging the “die-in” demonstration, which saw dozens of supporters lying on the ground to honor the deceased.

“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,” the Daily Cardinal’s Megan Provost reported.

Misha, also known as Emily (Bad River Ojibwe), insisted that the memory of the man responsible for the abolition of slavery be abolished from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

“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 asserted. “Just to have him here at the top of Bascom is just really belittling.”

Native American students said the event was intended to raise awareness of and give a voice for indigenous people on and around campus.

“It’s very important that our culture be revived in a way so that people know that yes, Native Americans do exist – whether it’s mixed race or Native American in general,” Wunk Sheek member Justus (Choctaw Nation) expressed, according to the Daily Cardinal. “It’s very important that things like this happen to get our voices out there – to let them know that we, too, are part of the minority on this campus and around the world.”

Another UW-Madison student supporter, Kaitlynne Roling, provided her take at the Blackout Columbus Day event.

“When you think about Columbus, most of the time you think about him as a great person, when really, he brought on a lot of death and illnesses to the native people that lived here,” Roling told the Daily Cardinal. “I think it definitely affects the Native American culture that every year we celebrate him.”

Debunking creative history

Misha, the radical left student activist leader, was called out by the conservative media for reshaping history to meet her own political agenda.

“Uh, Misha, that’s wrong – and when you can’t get basic history right, like Lincoln not owning slaves, keeping the nation together, and abolishing slavery, which is why he’s considered our greatest president – you make yourself look like a fool,” Townhall’s Matt Vespa impressed. “The 38 Sioux were hanged after their capture during the 1862 Dakota War. It’s not one of our nation’s best moments, but Lincoln was also fighting a much more existential threat to the country; an army from the southern states that at the time – was winning the American Civil War. Slavery would never have been abolished.”

He continued his effort to set the record straight.

“Frankly, Lincoln is a man who fought arguably one of America’s most moral wars,” Vespa added. “It was the fight for our soul, which was paid for with the lives of over 600,000 men – the bloodiest conflict in American history.”

It was conceded that many Native Americans were mistreated, but remolding history to condemn America’s forefathers was considered inexcusable.

“I’m not saying what happened to the Sioux was okay, but this politically correct revisionist history is just insane – no one is good within this view,” Vespa reasoned. “No one can be that good. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are considered evil people with this nonsense, due to them being slave owners. We’re human for goodness sake. These were men of their times.”

He went on to defend statues honoring the 16th president.

“With Lincoln, he was fighting to keep the nation together, while also trying to balance the 13th Amendment’s passage, along with satisfying congressional factions that wanted the Lincoln administration to hear a possible Confederate peace offer in his second term,” Vespa concluded. “Sorry, ushering in the death of slavery is worthy of having Lincoln wherever folks deem necessary.”

This was not the first time lies were repackaged as history in Wisconsin – and not the first time the deceit was debunked.

“Lincoln, of course, did not own slaves, though even a failed Wisconsin state Supreme Court candidate made the same mistake last year,” the Washington Examiner’s Emily Jashinsky explained. “Perhaps a sense of greater historical awareness would better serve these students' efforts to, you know, bring about a sense of greater historical awareness.”

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