Black Student Union at UW-Madison Given Student Fees for ‘Activist’ Film About Campus Lincoln Statue
“the Lincoln statue has been fraught with controversy since the mid-2010s as student activists have claimed it to be a monument to racism”
Student activists have been going after the Lincoln statue at this school for years, so it’s probably safe to assume that this film will not be positive.
The College Fix reports:
UW-Madison Black Student Union granted student fees to create ‘activism’ documentary on Lincoln statue
The Wisconsin Black Student Union at the University of Wisconsin Madison has been allocated $4,600 by the student government to produce a documentary about the Abraham Lincoln statue that sits on campus.
A long-standing fixture at the university, the Lincoln statue has been fraught with controversy since the mid-2010s as student activists have claimed it to be a monument to racism and have repeatedly attempted to have it removed.
The documentary is described as part of an activism campaign by the Black Student Union.
“After the tragic events of this summer and the subsequent rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, we realized that none of our current programming is centered around amplifying Black student voices through activism. Now more than ever, this platform is needed, and we would like to provide this platform for future years with this campaign,” states the union’s activism funding request.
The Student Services Finance Committee is the branch of the student government that allocates money collected through required fees paid by all students as part of their yearly tuition.
The committee voted Nov. 11 to approve WBSU’s overall 2022-23 budget request. It included $2,300 for anticipated documentary expenses, mirroring an allocation made for the film in the current 2021-22 fiscal budget.
The Wisconsin Black Student Union’s overall budget approval was for $24,696 for the 2022-23 school year, the same amount as the current fiscal year.
The funds will pay for the organization’s six employees as well as a number of campus events such as Melanin Fest and Ebony Ball.
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