University of Washington Activists Want George Washington Statue Removed

We know, we know, it sounds like a headline from The Onion. That’s just the way of the woke left: Their shenanigans are increasingly indistinguishable from satire.

But no, this is a real story, unfortunately. The Black Student Union at the University of Washington is demanding that the statue of the university’s namesake be removed because it “perpetuates white supremacy and preserves its historical imposition.” We’re not entirely sure what the last part of that phrase means, but we’re not going to think about it too deeply. After all, we’re fairly certain that the authors of the petition don’t really know, either.

The Washington statue has stood on campus ground since 1909. It was gifted to the university by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who raised $6,000 by urging children all over the state to contribute their pennies to the effort. Alas, those were simpler times. We’re sure that modern wokeness would recast this heartwarming story through the lens of critical race theory, and we’d learn that those pennies were stained with the blood of a thousand lynched slaves.

Naturally, the Black Student Union isn’t ending their demands with the removal of the Washington statue. Oh no, they want so much more.

“The University of Washington prides itself on diversity which barely exist at the institution,” reads the petition. “After numerous conversations between President Ana Marie Cauce and the Black Student Union about our experiences and how we can better improve the diversity at this university, President Cauce has overlooked our experiences and refuses to take the actions necessary to making BIPOC students feel safe and welcome on campus. We have had enough. Thus Black Students will work together with faculty, allies and local activist to ensure that our demands are met.”

Their demands include:

  • Breaking all ties with the Seattle Police Department (“Stop using SPD to respond to public safety needs, including referrals for welfare checks under the Safe Campus program.”)
  • Disarming the University Police and ultimately eliminating them as well (“Black students are already traumatized by the violence perpetrated to Black individuals by the hands of police.”)
  • Use the money saved to do more for minority students (“Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money on UWPD, the University of Washington should invest in departments/resources that cater to the needs of its black students.”)
  • Hiring more black faculty members (“The lack of representation of Black faculty not only prevents students from having role models who they can relate to, but it sends a subtle message that only white people are capable of teaching at a higher level, which is simply, untrue.”)

The petition also calls for an “African Studies” major to be developed at the university – something to keep in the back of your mind the next time Democrats preach about forgiving student loans.

You know what, maybe they’re right. Maybe they should remove George Washington’s statue. We doubt that such an honorable, courageous, brilliant man would want to be associated in any way with this nonsense.

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